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Conference: High Tech Reassessed

See below for dates / £20/£16 concessions, Free for students. Pre-booked tickets only / Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

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Explore the influences and legacies of the iconic ‘High Tech’ building style.  International architecture and design historians will unpick and magnify themes from the Sainsbury Centre’s 40th anniversary exhibition, SUPERSTRUCTURES: The New Architecture 1960–1990.  

Conference Programme

Friday 8 June | 4:30 – 7:30pm

A special exhibition tour with SUPERSTRUCTURES co-curator Professor Jane Pavitt will be followed by the conference Key Note speech by Professor Todd Gannon.  ‘Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech’ will reassess the work of one of the most influential voices in twentieth-century architectural history. 

Saturday 9 June | 10am – 4pm

Encounter a day of stimulating talks covering subjects from the mid-century designs of Charles and Ray Eames, to the spectacular growth of British leisure centres throughout the 1970s.

Speakers will convene for questions with plenty of opportunities to hold further discussions over refreshments. 


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Speakers include: 

Professor Jane Pavitt, Head of the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries at Kingston University.

Professor Todd Gannon, Head of Architecture Section at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School and author of Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech.

Professor Pat Kirkham, Professor of Design History at Kingston University.

Dr Otto Saumarez Smith, Shuffrey Junior Research Fellow in Architectural History Lincoln College, University of Oxford.

Douglas Spencer, Lecturer in Historical and Critical Thinking at Architectural Association and author of The Architecture of Neoliberalism.


Programmed in partnership with the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston School of Art (Kingston University)

This event is inspired by SUPERSTRUCTURES: The New Architecture 1960–1990an exhibition that marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the first public building designed by the world-renowned architect Norman Foster. 

Exhibition runs until 2 September 2018.


Image: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Foster + Partners, Ken Kirkwood

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