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Monday28 July 2014

Rip it Up #5: The Troublemakers - independent practice and its targets

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London Met’s Rip it Up lecture series began with a question - where are all the young troublemakers and what they were doing. Well here they are, and the answer is quite a lot.

Curated by critic Kieran Long, the series of 12 lectures hits mid-stride with an event focusing on the temporary structures created by three young boundary-breaking groups.

Listeners are invited to dust off the mothballs and put trumpet to ear for three groups of 20-something practitioners who will each give a 20 minute presentation on projects that operate beyond the normal boundaries of architectural practice under the title ’Making buildings without briefs, projects without clients and books without publishers’.

Practice Architecture will present Frank’s Café, a project which saw the practice turn the rooftop of a car park in Peckham from a community art project into a Campari-sponsored, trendy hang-out, during the two years they worked on it.

Cineroleum, a multidisciplinary group, will dicuss their transformation of a disused petrol station on Clerkenwell Road into a phenomenally popular no-budget cinema. 

And This Is Not A Gateway curators Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield will tell the audience about their annual event held on Brick Lane that encourages multiple discourses about the city that don’t find a platform anywhere else. 

The lecture, chaired by BD’s buildings editor Oliver Wainwright, offers the chance to find out what these groups are reacting against and also what kind of challenges this work presents to contemporary orthodox practice. They are also asking for audience input to help forge the next generation’s manifesto.

Rip It Up, Thursday 11 November 2010, 6:30pm, Forum, London Metropolitan University

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