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10:00 - 19:00 18 May 2015

Reactivating the social condenser! Architecture against privation


Masaryk Senior Common Room | 4th Floor (link Map)
UCL SSEES | 16 Taviton Street | London | WC1H OBW | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
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We live in a time of privation, crisis and stratification, in housing as well as in public space. Space has become a commodity, and apathy is rife.

For nearly a century, architects, artists and thinkers have been inspired by and toyed with the grand old Soviet idea of the social condenser. Most, however, have attempted to tame this idea, or have done little other than to pay lip service to it.

It is high time, then, to reactivate the social condenser! We want to subject this electrifying idea to serious and systematic re-examination, to re-charge the social condenser as a vector for radical architectural thought and practice.

Confirmed Participants:

  • Nick Beech
  • Jonathan Charley
  • Owen Hatherley
  • Udo Grashoff
  • Michael Marriott and Richard Wentworth
  • Michal Murawski
  • Andrea Phillips
  • Jane Rendell
  • Lukasz Stanek
  • Andy Willimott
  • Victor Buchli
  • Caroline Humphrey


Jordan Rowe
+44 (0)20 3108 9402 | urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk


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