SensoryCity RCASociety AND eventSpace
An invitation to take part in RCA Society’s “Sensory City”
“The London Festival of Architecture is Europe's biggest (and best!) annual architecture event, and we want as many people and organisations as possible to get involved and celebrate the brilliance of London and its architecture.”
'Identity' revealed as LFA’s theme this year
The theme will be explored and celebrated through a lively and diverse programme of public events across the capital when the London Festival of Architecture
The RCA Society is taking part in the London Festival of Architecture 2018 with a month-long event through our specific theme of the “Sensory City”. In partnership with AND Association we will be using AND EventSpace throughout June for discussion, display and installation.
At AND EventSpace - During 1 - 30 June
Venue details - see the following link: (AND, 10 Back Church Lane, London E1 1LX)
Opening times for viewing and contributions: Wednesday to Sunday 1pm - 7pm. Roundtable discussions will take place on Saturdays and Sundays.
Place • This year we are again using AND EventSpace, in east London. The venue has two contrasting spaces within a railway viaduct, where participants’ and visitors’ contributions can be assembled.
1) The ‘gallery’ area has floor space and wall space to accommodate 2D or 3D items and objects.
2) The second space can accommodate time-based visuals, video projections and sound clippings contributed by participants and visitors.
3) Linking the two spaces is a courtyard
AND EventSpace< is located in the centre of an area rich in history. Visitors can experience Aldgate, Aldgate East, Tower Hill, Trinity Square, Tower Bridge, Royal Mint, Leman Street, St Katharine’s Docks, River Thames, Canals, Shadwell Basin, Wapping Dock Warehouses, St George’s in the East, Wiltons Music Hall, Wellclose Square, Commercial Street, Commercial Road, Proof House, Whitechapel Gallery, The Bell Foundry, several London Brewery sites.
Following the London Festival of Architecture organiser’s announcement of this years’ theme the RCA Society submitted our proposal for ‘Sensory City’. A concept of ‘Sensory City’ was developed from our members’ contributions.
See the text and information on the following weblink.
“Sensory City” Project
Who can participate -“Sensory City” will be open to those who have direct experience of living or working in or visiting London. Participants can be from any walk of life or profession, and not limited to architects, planners and engineers, who can come and go, bring and take away their contributions or add new items throughout the month.
Visitors’ and participants’ observations and contributions, which enhance our understanding of London as a “Sensory City”, can be displayed in the ‘gallery’ space.
Objects such as; maquettes, items, constructions, drawings, sketches, texts, plans, written ideas / proposals, materials will be positioned and displayed in the ‘gallery’.
Digital contributions such as; digital images / photos, drawings, video clips, sound clips, lights, will be projected or played in the second space which is a subdued / dark environment.
Participation • Throughout June the AND EventSpace venue will be open to receive, display and view your observations and contributions.
Programme • From 1 June participating artists, architects and visitors’ place their contributions in AND EventSpace
16 + 17 June (Sat / Sun) and 30 June (Sat) roundtable conversations with participating artists, architects and visitors
Post event • At the end of June the contributed works, items, displays will be documented and put aside to be collected by the participating contributors.
within a specified time.
The following text is intended to stimulate thinking about London as a ‘Sensory City’
LFA 2018 ‘Identity’
‘Sensory City’ Project by RCA Society
Construction of living, working and leisure environments influence on economically calculated lifestyles
The shifting shape of London
From it’s early beginnings London’s identity as a remote coastline port on a large river thirty-five (35) miles inland from the sea has changed. Invading tribes and countries built secure settlements for their armies at a point in the river where it could be crossed without too much difficulty but was wide enough to be protective. Settlements grew, on the south side then expanded northwards, cultures came and went. Natural and man made disasters shaped what was to become a country’s capital city: the invading armies and ruling systems of the Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans, changed London’s layout along with great fires and plagues, a frozen Thames, fog - ‘pea soupers’, and more wars influenced the changing use of materials, ways of building and structures that reflect evolving social and political infrastructure. The web of roads extending out from London holds it in place and shapes it even further. Contemporary life style and economic shifts are altering London’s identity at a rapid pace. Structurally it’s remains a divided circular city of many centres, a layered city with many stylistic expressions that it’s constant identity is that of a hybrid… a ‘familiar’ place for everyone because it borrows from everything. It could be anywhere in the world yet it’s identifiably London.
What makes this so? The weather, the collision of seasons, the language of the rambling streets, the cracked grey pavements, green patches, the red buses, the yellow bricks, the slate roofs, the low level horizon of a mish-mash of buildings punctuated by hi-rise incompatibles, the passage of the sun, east to west, along the length of a river the colour of cold tea, the unnoticeable rise of land out from an imperceptible valley punctuated by the incessant sound of mass commuting, the roar of airplanes, the clatter of commerce, and the opening and closing of opportunities…
London - a transformer city of constantly shifting identities. Is that how you see it?
Photofits of London: (influences from and comparisons to other [world / national] cities) as the water of the Thames itself is drawn from all around the world… the dust and sands blown in from North African deserts… the airbourne pollen from far away plants… the debris from distant volcanic explosions… the materials extracted from the world’s mines and mountains… A series of interchangeable (visual) (sonic) templates of separate identifying (‘facial’) (sound) features
Elements: Bricks, rights of way, no window security bars, cobble stones, abundant green spaces, hidden alley-ways, railway arches and bridges, flatness…
migrating bird songs, the distant bells, the call of station ‘tannoys’, hum of constant traffic, police/ambulance sirens, buskers.
A layering of London’s visuality… to reflect its ‘borrower’ history of constantly shifting identities… which gives it a ’familiarity’.
Surveying of specific areas: documenting and layering of the images - (colours, materials, shapes - identifying their roots, and cultural histories to show the shifting influence of cultures - hierarchical sets, absorptions and rejections)
The Thames runs through London and slowy transforms from a salty sea water tidal river to a freshwater river at Teddington, 95 miles from the sea, and continues a further 200 miles to its disputed source in the west of England (Gloucestershire?). Its depth and width has altered, and the temperature, water and river life has ebbed and flowed over the centuries.
London’s infrastructure is in a constant state of alteration - road repairs, utility services maintenance, fires, demolitions, tunnels, bridges, communication systems, signage, cctv sniffer surveillance, drones
Reflecting diverse communities
Industrial: restaurant aromas, coffee roasting, bakers baking, hop roasting, hospital incineration, church bell ringing, prayer callings, sirens (police, ambulance, fire), airplanes, helicopters, drones, trains, refuse collection, street cleaning, building/delivery lorries, diversity of street markets, arcades, shops
Domestic: cooking aromas from residential estates, sounds from parks and school playgrounds, parties and music, supporters sports events, differences in appearance, clothing, language
Polution: noise, light, air, particles (exhausts, dust, pollen), Social polution (rubbish, flytipping, grafitti)
We look forward to your participation, contributions and visit to ‘Sensory City’
RCA Society Committee