27th Jan 2012 – 24th Feb 2012
An exhibition of speculative architectural models and drawings set in the Thames Gateway, by the university’s School of Architecture, looks at the wider impact of the Games and its legacy.
This story is told with the help of Charles Dickens, Georges Perec, JG Ballard, Iain Sinclair, and Angela Carter, starting with the moment when, in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Pip is turned upside down by the convict Abel Magwitch – a scene set on the Hoo Peninsula, the geographical centre of the Thames Gateway.
Just as the rotation of Pip represents the metaphoric moment when past and future collide in the novel, the contemporary story of London’s shift to the east is both described and imagined in the exhibition where the body and its experience is at the centre of the projects presented.
Over the last seven years Atelier 11, in the postgraduate research of the School of Architecture at the University of Greenwich, has been speculating on the fictional and factual history and future of the Thames Gateway through drawings and models which have been presented at the Royal Academy and as part of the Royal Institute of British Architects Presidents’ Medals.
For further information please visit: http://www.gre.ac.uk/pr/slg
The Stephen Lawrence Gallery: Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9LS.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm, closed Sundays and public holidays.