The Politics of Speed
Thursday, 14 February
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.
The livestream of the lecture by Iain Borden:
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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
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
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