Talking Townscapes Gordon Cullen walk – 11 August Today) 6.00pm - London
Would you like to come on a celebratory walk from the Tower to Westminster on Monday 11 August from 6.00pm? It is a walk to mark the life and influence of Gordon Cullen, architect, illustrator and visual urbanist (b. August 1914).
Writing in the Architectural Review, Gordon Cullen encapsulated the concept of visual coherence and organisation of our urban environment, under the theme of ‘townscape’. He wrote a seminal book with the title Townscape published in 1961. Some have argued that many of his ideas and observations were not sufficiently robust, others have seen him in better light, as a significant contributor to visual urbanism, architectural history, and urban design as well as an accomplished illustrator.
Along the route, there will be stops to discuss (photograph & sketch) themes that Cullen described in ‘Townscape’ that encapsulated his arguments that visual coherence and organisation of buildings, streets and places contribute on a human scale to the civility of our cities. The walk is free but Talking Townscape would welcome donations to a fund to create an annual 3-day Talking Townscape Festival each August and an on-line platform to publicise walks and events to celebrate Cullen’s life and work.
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