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RIBA Perspectives on Architecture: Modern Architecture and Post-1945 Picture Books
Julia Chance
Talks and lectures

RIBA Perspectives on Architecture: Building Children’s Worlds

Join us as 2016 RIBA Research Fund recipient Torsten Schmiedeknecht and co-author Emma Hayward discuss their research into the depiction of post-war housing in British children’s picture books, from 1960 to the present.

Children are the future users, clients, and architects of our buildings. What kind of ideas about modern architecture, and what kind of architectural worlds are children exposed to in picture books in their formative years? How have the modern and the urban, the home, the work place, public institutions, and the public realm been represented to children in picture books in Britain since 1945?

Torsten Schmiedeknecht and Emma Hayward will discuss their research project ‘The Representation of Modern Architecture through Illustrations in Post-war British Children's Literature', funded by an RIBA Research Fund grant and The School of the Arts, University of Liverpool. The project resulted in the research paper ‘Absent Architectures’, which is due to be published in issue 24.4 (2019) of The Journal of Architecture, and the exhibition Building Children’s Worlds, which took place during April and May 2019 at RIBA North in Liverpool.

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Professor Kiera Vaclavik from Queen Mary University will be chairing this discussion.