Building as a dialogue

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Often described as frustrated artists, architects are seated in a sensitive role between their own and their client’s creative visions, a role which is frequently difficult to navigate. This creative dialogue usually hidden behind the finished product is an intriguing one, and a new exhibition curated at the Sir John Soane’s museum aims to re-examine these usually unseen discussions between the architect and their patrons.

Along the journey we see creative visions smothered, changed and altered along with an unusual posthuman commission. Recorded through a series of drawings, public and private documents and models, this exhibition charts the unique working relationship between craftsman and client. Analysing the architectural profession from the Elizabeth to Victorian eras, this rare glimpse behind the scenes brings light to urban design and the methodology entwined within it.

by Stephanie Clair

Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client will be on display at Sir John Soane’s Museum from February 17 until May 9 ,2015

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