Cities and Other Ruins: Reflections on Astley Castle by Witherford Watson Mann

In the exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, and an accompanying lecture hosted by LSE Cities, Witherford Watson Mann will explore the relation between ‘completing’ a ruin such as Astley, and participating in the always unfinished project of the city. With demolition and clearance still the preferred tools of ‘regeneration’ is there a case for a socially and materially richer process? Can an incremental imagination help unlock the capacity that is already there in our cities? What might be the poetics and politics of making and experiencing the city in this way?

The exhibition will feature previously unpublished material on Astley Castle, illustrating the way in which a nimble design response has been combined with an empathetic social imagination to achieve something unique.