Dead Centre

Is London still the cultural centre of architecture? Have escalating property prices rendered it obsolete as a place where creatively interesting things can happen? Dead Centre asks: Is London’s financialisation killing its culture?

Alex Arestis
@publica_office

Alex Arestis is Urban Design Director of Publica, the London-based urbanism and public realm practice. Alex has led many of Publica’s projects for major landowners, developers and local authorities across central London. He has particular expertise in the design of streets and spaces and understanding 
the conditions of London’s West End.

Kate Goodwin
@GoodwinKate

Kate Goodwin is Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. She curated Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at the RA in 2014 and is the author of a book on the design and creation of Thomas Heatherwick’s UK Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

Lee Ivett
@BAXENDALE_DCo

Lee Ivett is the founder of Baxendale, a participatory architecture firm based in Glasgow. The practice undertakes socially-focused projects encouraging public participation and self-build processes. Lee also teaches at the Glasgow School of Art.

Piers Taylor
@Piers_Taylor

Piers Taylor is the founder of innovative architecture practice Invisible Studio. The practice works both internationally and locally and operates from a self-built studio located in a woodland which they manage as an ongoing forest enterprise. Piers is also co-presenter of the BBC architecture show The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.