Debate: Ken Shuttleworth on Christopher Wren
Make Architects’ founder Ken Shuttleworth is to give this year’s Wren Talk, an annual event celebrating the life and works of Christopher Wren
Founded in 2012, the lecture is part of the Inspire! Appeal to save Wren’s Grade I-listed St Bride’s Church - the setting for the event on Monday night (1 July).
Shuttleworth will discuss how the 17th century architect might view the City if he were alive today, ‘balancing a likely protectiveness over his churches with an evident broader vision and understanding of situation and context.’
The architect said: ‘Wren would largely be impressed with the City of London today. He wasn’t a formulaic architect; he brought an unusual combination of imagination and rigour into the process and was able to see beyond the brief itself.
‘Like many of the buildings that distinguish the City today, Wren understood how to deliver a building which would serve its purpose both for its users and for the City itself. ‘
The annual Wren Talk series is the brainchild of Design Council Cabe chairman Paul Finch, who believes it will fill a gaping hole in the cultural calendar.
St Bride’s launched the Inspire! Appeal, which Finch also chairs, to raise £2.5 million for vital repairs to the Spire and fabric of the Grade I-listed building completed in 1672. Finch said: ‘Ken will inevitably bring a different perspective from that of Terry Farrell who gave last year’s talk, but the strength of Wren’s contribution is that it provokes conversation and debate from all sides.’
Ken Shuttleworth’s Wren Talk is taking place on Monday 1 July 2013 at 7pm at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London. Tickets cost £15 with all proceeds going to the Inspire! Appeal.
To book a ticket, please go to: www.stbrides.com/shop/tickets/wren-talk-2013.html