“Fairground Architecture” 50 years on

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkResearch


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of David Braithwaite’s influential publication ‘Fairground Architecture’, RIBA Research Fund recipient Stephen Walker will be giving a talk to discuss the significance of this work and its contribution to the subject. As well as contextualising the publication, Stephen will be looking at some of the ways in which this book should be understood as a product of its time. Drawing on his own RIBA funded research project ‘Understanding the Architecture of the Travelling Street Fair’, Stephen will be discussing the reflections on architectural practice and education in the 1960’s which this seminal piece evokes. What would the flavour and focus of this study be if it was undertaken in 2018? Stephen will open up discussions around this question, with a focus on the work of Braithwaite and the important aspects of Fairground Architecture which have developed beyond this. David’s widow, Joanna Braithwaite and daughter, Dr Naomi Braithwaite, will be giving a brief introduction to Stephen’s talk. It will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
Period20 Nov 2018
Held atRIBA, United Kingdom