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May 11, 2015

Swimmers: Poetry and Architecture

In collaboration with Poet in the City and their new Platforms initiative, Swimmers presents an event at the RIBA to launch the beginning of a new 2015 programme of events, projects and publications.

Placing poets and architects in conversation, we ask whether poetry and architecture can together reveal something new about our contemporary experience of space. How do the two artforms inform each other, and what can poetry and architecture and their intersection tell us about modern habits and habitation?

This event features discussion and readings from acclaimed poets Kate Kilalea and Matthew Gregory and award winning architects Will Alsop and Niall Mclaughlin.

Katharine Kilalea’s first book, One Eye’d Leigh was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize for writers under 30. She is working towards a PhD which looks at the intersections between architecture and poetry, especially in Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye.

Matthew Gregory was born in Suffolk, in 1984. His poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies since 2005 and he has collaborated with artists in Naples, Berlin and Frankfurt on installations and film. He received an Eric Gregory award in 2010 and a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2014. He is completing a PhD at Goldsmiths, which considers the influence of visual technology on contemporary poetry.

Prof. Will Alsop OBE RA is a prominent architect and artist who established aLL Design in 2011. He was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize for Peckham Library, London and the first RIBA World Award for the Sharp Centre for Design (OCAD), Toronto, amongst numerous prestigious accolades for a multitude of projects. His architectural work encompasses all sectors and his studio practice incorporates painting and product design.

Niall McLaughlin is an award winning architect who established his own practice in London in 1990. Niall McLaughlin Architects make high quality modern buildings with a special emphasis on materials and detail. Niall won Young British Architect of the Year in 1998, he was one of the BBC Rising Stars in 2001 and his work represented Britain in a recent US exhibition Gritty Brits at the Carnegie Mellon Museum. Niall is a visiting professor of architecture at University College London.

Tickets are free, booking is essential. Book your place HERE.