Public lecture on 'The Architecture of Hurry'

Posted by mjs76 at May 23, 2011 04:43 PM |
The Centre for Urban History presents its annual lecture on 24 May.

The title of Professor Richard Dennis’ lecture is taken from Howards End by EM Forster and refers to the way that urban environments and urban life reflected the growing pace of change in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Richard Dennis is Professor of Geography at UCL and author of Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2008). His interests lie in this busy period of urban expansion, especially in Britain and Canada, which saw the construction of apartment buildings, elevated railroads and many other features of what we now take for granted as busy, urban life.

The Centre for Urban History Lecture, which is free and open to all, takes place in Lecture Theatre 3 of the Attenborough Building at 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 May 2011.

In the streets of the city she noted for the first time the architecture of hurry and heard the language of hurry on the mouths of its inhabitants--clipped words, formless sentences, potted expressions of approval or disgust. Month by month things were stepping livelier, but to what goal?
EM Forster, Howards End

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