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JACOB, Sam

A Clockwork Jerusalem: Planning and the British Psyche

Series: Lecture and Book Launch
Date: Thursday 16 October 2014
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 72 mins

A Clockwork Jerusalem: Planning and the British Psyche


Based on the exhibition a the British Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, A Clockwork Jerusalem is a story of the visions – both real and imaginary – that arose during Britain's struggle to come to terms with modernity. It describes a world where ruins become utopias, where archaeology and futurism merge, the Picturesque is re-imagined as concrete geometry, and where pop culture, history and social ambition are fused into new national futures. It argues for a rebooting of the British tradition of visionary planning that created places as diverse as Cumbernauld and Milton Keynes.

The lecture will be preceded by sales of this publication and followed by launch drinks and further sales in the South Jury Room.


All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.


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