Architecture Fringe 2021

Security, Rights and Shelter: Unlearning Aberdeen’s Tower Blocks

16 June

Aberdeen & The North East Discussion

Event Summary

Reflecting on the A listing of 8 tower blocks in Aberdeen with Prof Miles Glendinning, architect Kate McIntosh, and photographer Steve Smith

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6pm - 8.30pm BST


16 June


Look Again Festival


Security, Rights and Shelter: Unlearning Aberdeen’s Tower Blocks

Look Again Festival

The A Listing of 8 modernist tower blocks in Aberdeen this year has been a cause both of celebration and controversy. In the context of the Architecture Fringe, we take a closer look at this event, and ask about the ‘unlearning’ that it may enable.

Professor Miles Glendinning joins us to discuss the buildings in the wider context of post WW2 tower blocks across the globe, giving perspective to the historical value of these buildings. Jane Drew Prize winning architect Kate Mcintosh goes on to consider factors that have contributed to the housing crisis since the post war social housing boom, and the urgent need for new and sustainable approaches to building homes.

We will also show new work by photographer Steve Smith commissioned by Look Again to document voices and stories of the residents of some of these buildings.

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