Memory and the City debate, as part of London Festival of Architecture 2017
London Festival of Architecture 2017: Memory & the City debate
On Tuesday 27th June leading practising architects and academics debated Memory & the City, an event as part of the London Festival of Architecture.
Two academics specialising in collective memory studies and two practising architects and urban designers gave their views on how collective memory, identity and design relate to one another.
The debate discussed how we use memory in architecture and urban design to connect with the communities for which we build. Cities are laden with memory. It is not just the memories of our own. The memories of generations come down to us through places and buildings. Some of these are deliberate attempts to keep alive records of the past, such as monuments or museums, and some simply hold the memories of past designers and users. It is the combination of these memories that gives the historic city its richness and depth of meaning. They are all around us and are our heritage, bringing together community and physical identity.