The Politics of Speed
Iain Borden

Iain Borden

The Politics of Speed

Public lecture
Thursday,  14  February 2013


The Second lecture in the Spring Public lecture series 2013 Making Architecture Politically, addressed by London based educator, researcher and writer Iain Borden, has been recorded below.

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Iain Borden is Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he is also Vice-Dean for Communications for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, having previously served as Director and Head of the Bartlett School of Architecture from 2001-09.

As Honorary Fellow of the RIBA, Iain Borden has guided architectural education and research internationally, helping to write the QAA Benchmarking Statement for Architecture (2006-10), acting as a Strategic Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2011-12), evaluating refereed articles and book proposals for over 40 journals and publishers, as well as assessing research funding applications in countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Singapore, USA and the UK.

As an architectural historian and urban commentator, Borden has explored various interdisciplinary intersections of architectural history, cultural history, critical theory and urbanism. He is particularly interested in the ways in which urban and architectural spaces are experienced and perceived by people after the moment at which these spaces have been first constructed - that is, the various ways in which buildings and cities constantly change and evolve depending on their different uses and lives over many years and through different media.

His inaugural professional lecture - "Machines of Possibility" (2004) - describing this approach is available for download. His wide-ranging research interests within architecture and urban culture can be looked up via the link below. Most recently he has been working on a history of automobile driving, urban experience and cinema, now being followed by new work on an experiential history of the buildings and spaces of London.

Iain Borden operatea extensively in the public arena, making numerous media appearances on the radio and television worldwide, while also curating and participating in exhibitions, debates, symposia, workshops and other academic and public events worldwide.

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