How the rectangle killed architecture – the dead hand of the Modernists

Tony Lancaster will give us new and interesting insights into how architecture can be rescued form itself.

If physics is the  language of the universe, then geometry is its grammar. Architectural grammar has changed from a vision of utopia to recidivist teddy boy kicking sand in the face of humanity.

The Da Vinci Vitruvian man –   The Vitruvian Man, or simply L’Uomo Vitruviano, is a drawing by the Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci around 1490. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the architect Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a man in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and inscribed in a circle and square.

The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man. this picture represents a cornerstone of Leonardo’s attempts to relate man to nature. He believed the workings of the human body to be an analogy for the workings of the universe.

Koolhaas is the founding partner of OMA, (office for Metropolitan architecture and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO

 Architecture can’t do anything that the culture doesn’t. We all complain that we are confronted by urban environments that are completely similar. We say we want to create beauty, identity, quality, singularity. And yet, maybe in truth these cities that we have are desired. Maybe their very characterlessness provides the best context for living.”

Coming to our public meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings are held in the Judge Lecture Theatre, Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL. Click here to see a map of the area.

Access is from the London Road entrance where there is free parking available, subject to other events happening at the school. There are bus stops outside and opposite the school entrance, and the main bus and railway stations are within short walking distance. The Judge Lecture Theatre is accessed through the main doors next to the new circular school cafeteria. It is on the ground floor and we believe you will find it accessible.

Meetings begin promptly at 7:30pm. Doors are open at 7:00.

Free admission for members of the Society. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and are asked to pay £2 toward our costs, alternatively they can join the Society on the night for just £10.