Thu 29 Nov 2018, 6.30pm
Cass Research Seminars:
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Room GSG-15
The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
London E1 7TP

Aaron Sheldon Small Steps are Giant Leaps

Image credit: Aaron Sheldon Small Steps are Giant Leaps

Architect/researchers Paolo Zaide and Ed Barsley who have been working on the theme of flooding, will discuss ‘Floodscape Urbanism’. Design-led flood adaptation strategies for cities in the global south; flood adaptation through the lens of ecological urbanism and architectural design. The issue is the fluid edge between city and water and is captured in the term ‘floodscape’, to give definition to a cityscape affected by fluctuating water levels. Urban design as the key driver to integrate the environmental and social concerns of the city in a holistic and critical way. Paolo Zaide is a UK based architect, academic and curator. He holds a PhD in Architectural and Urban Design from the Royal College of Art (2018), and his research, teaching and practice interests focus on the impact of future trends on contemporary cities.

Photographer David George will explore his Backwater series of photographs. These images were taken over the summer of 2012, the wettest on record and correspondingly all contain some element of water. The Backwater series attempted to discover if it is possible to photographically represent the modern British countryside with both its romantic and contemporary elements and produce work with bucolic tendencies or are all these landscapes corrupted, even on a subconscious level, to the possibility of the pastoral ideal by conurbation, industry, farming and tourism? David is an artist who has been working with photography for more than 30 years. He uses his work to investigate the crossover between analogue and digital photography.

About Cass Research Seminars

Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience. The sessions seek cross-fertilisation of ideas and provoke discussion. Typically, they consist of two to three presentations of 15 minutes each followed by chaired discussion.

We had a productive year in 2017/18. Presenters found that the session deepened their work and added unexpected avenues to their thinking. All are welcome at Cass Research Seminars, both from inside and outside The Cass. For more information email and follow us on Twitter for the latest information @CassResearch

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