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Forgetting Architecture

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Abstract: The Woodland Cemetery was designed and constructed over a period of 25 years, by Sigurd Lewerentz and Gunnar Asplund and in its completed form bears very little resemblance to the competition winning scheme. Recognised as one of the great “Modernist” landscapes, the history of its design shows that rather than the transcription of an idea, its form is the result of the repeated reconsideration and erasure of its earlier incarnations. By assembling the available fragments drawings, and placing them in the context of the architectural projects carried out by the authors over the same period, the struggle to overcome the memory of past architectures in order to produce a new synthesis is seen as analogous to the “Trauerarbeit” of mourning.

Biography: Kevin Fellingham is principal of Kevin Fellingham Architecture + Urbanism. He worked at Rick Mather Architects and Arup Associates, and was a Design Fellow at Cambridge University. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and of MIT , where he won the Ralph Adams Cram Award for outstanding interdisciplinary research. His House J in South Africa won the World Architecture News House of the Year Award in 2007.

This talk is part of the Martin Centre Research Seminar Series - 42nd Annual Series of Lunchtime Lectures series.

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