Interesting things coming soon in London, specifically next week:
The Moscow Architecture Preservation Society are hosting a talk: Just back from Russia, Clementine Cecil will show fresh slides of Moscow’s avant garde buildings. These will include well-known monuments such as the Melnikov House and Narkomfin, but also less famous buildings such as Le Corbusier’s Tsentrosoyuz, Konstantin Melnikov’s Burevestnik Club and Moisei Ginzburg’s apartment building on Gogolevsky Boulevard. Moscow’s extraordinary avant garde legacy has been poorly treated since its construction but the tide is changing...May 15th, 19.00, the basement studio, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ nearest tube Farringdon. Entrance: £5 for non members
The McClintock Factor premieres at Corsica Studios in the Elephant and Castle, free entry, profiling the founder of the Right Path Party ('because Britain is Right'). “I’ve flirted with Marx, sure – now I’m flirting with Marks & Spencer… Politics is about opportunities, it’s all about doing deals. What was it Darwin said? ‘Give an infinite number of monkeys an infinite number of typewriters and you’re bound to get at least one rich monkey.’ That’s human nature for you: it’s all about monkeys.”
All Planned Out, a conference planned by Audacity which decidedly contentiously calls for a repeal of the 1947 Town & Country Planning act: which, irrespective of its more dubious aspects, would then potentially lead to lots of homes being built, the collapse of the housing market, and hopefully the collapse of the British economy along with it. This conference also features me, speaking on the CIAM, in particular on its unheralded Soviet and German sections: 'Karel Teige vs Le Corbusier' is the gist.