2012: A Story To Tell
With Saskia Sassen, Will Self, Anna Minton and Stephen Gill
Venue: Southbank Centre
Image: Fun Palace, perspective (1960–61, unrealised), Cedric Price, now the site of Zaha Hadid's Olympic Aquatics centre; both AA graduates and former tutors.
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The visionary architect Cedric Price once imagined a 'Fun Palace' occupying the site now taken over by the 2012 Olympic park. The empty industrial landscapes of Hackney have been host to hundreds of projects over several decades, dreams of possible futures by residents, architects, writers, artists and politicians. A panel of speakers – Saskia Sassen, Will Self, Anna Minton and Stephen Gill – will explore how the Olympic regeneration has frozen these dreams in time, while opening the doors to a new set of plans and hopes for East London. The talk will be chaired by Sam Jacob, AA tutor and director of FAT.
This event has been organised by the AA Membership Office and is part of both the London Festival of Architecture and the London Literature Festival.