Depending on your view, modern towns and cities – including East Kilbride – are either a triumph of design or the painful result of architectural tyranny. Writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff examines the radical facelifts our urban spaces have been given over the last half century in The Age of Spectacle, concluding that certain experiments backfired – and the consequences are ours to live with. Novelist and architecture writer Christopher Beanland explores Brutalist buildings around the world in Concrete Concept, wondering why the style remains so controversial. Join the pair for a discussion on the past and future of our towns in an event perfect for anyone with an interest in architecture, design, or simply just the places we call home.
Christopher Beanland lives in London and writes about architecture, culture and the arts for newspapers including the Independent, Guardian, Telegraph and various magazines around the world. He’s also written two novels.
Tom Dyckhoff is the architecture and design critic for BBC 2’s weekly arts programme, The Culture Show, and has previously written for the Times, Guardian, GQ, and other publications. He also wrote and presented a documentary on ugly buildings, I Love Carbuncles, and co-presented two series of Grand Designs: Trade Secrets.