The Architecture Space and Society Reading Group meets once or twice a term to discuss a wide range of texts, sites and questions related to architecture and space, across periods, geographies and disciplines.

All meetings are on Thursday, 3-4.30pm

Upcoming meetings and people taking the lead:
8 December: Leslie Topp, Keynes
9 February: Peter Fane-Saunders, Gordon Sq B02
16 March: Mark Crinson, Keynes
11 May: Lesley McFadyen, Gordon Sq, G02
15 June: Tag Gronberg, Keynes

Next one:

Thursday Feb 9, 3-4.30pm in room B02, 43 Gordon Square, School of Arts, Birkbeck.

Discussion will be led by Peter Fane-Saunders.

The readings deal with the connection between space, place and memory in Rome; in particular, the concept that different works of architecture – each loaded with symbolism – can be located physically or mentally in a single place, or in very close proximity.

The first file contains three short texts from antiquity and the Renaissance; the second is an article that examines Piranesi’s representation of the Campo Marzio; the third is Freud’s famous brief discussion of Rome as a psychical entity; and the last is a fascinating chapter by Jacopo Benci from Rome: Continuing Encounters between Past and Present (ed. Dorigen Caldwell) that traces the director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s engagement with the stratified layers of the city.

If you are interested in attending please contact Leslie Topp (, who can send you the readings.