Quick announcement before the long weekend. We are slowly getting our speakers for the December walking event confirmed and developing the route. Happily, we are now in a position to announce our first pairing and location! So, we introduce Emma Dwyer and Owen Hatherley who will be tackling the Alyesbury and Heygate Estates.
Emma Dwyer is Enterprise Fellow and Business Development Executive for Heritage at the University of Leicester, where she studied for her PhD in Archaeology, examining changing experiences of social housing built before the Second World war. Emma previously worked in commercial archaeology at MOLA and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, and is Secretary of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology.
Owen Hatherley was born in Southampton, England in 1981. He received a PhD in 2011 from Birkbeck College, London, for a thesis on Constructivism and Americanism. He writes regularly on architecture and cultural politics for Architects Journal, Architectural Review, Icon, the Guardian the London Review of Books and New Humanist, and is the author of several books: Militant Modernism (Zero, 2009), A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010), Uncommon – An Essay on Pulp (Zero, 2011), A New Kind of Bleak – Journeys through Urban Britain (Verso 2012), Across the Plaza (Strelka, 2012) and Landscapes of Communism (Penguin 2015). He also edited and introduced an updated edition of Ian Nairn’s Nairn’s Towns (Notting Hill Editions, 2013). He lives in Woolwich and Warsaw.
It’s way too early for anyone involved to commit to any particular content so watch this space for more details of this stop and the rest of the day.