Tuesday 22 October 19:00 - 20:30

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
22 Gordon Street

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Book Launch: Architecture and Fire - a Psychoanalytic Approach to Conservation

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Join author Stamatis Zografos for the presentation of his monograph Architecture and Fire: a Psychoanalytic Approach to Conservation. The book launch will be accompanied by the screening of Black Umbrella, a 16mm film triptych by the experimental filmmaker Louis Benassi.


Architecture and Fire develops a conceptual reassessment of architectural conservation through the study of the intimate relationship between architecture and fire. This book is founded on new interdisciplinary research navigating across the boundaries of architecture, conservation, archival theory, classical mythology, evolutionary theory, thermodynamics, philosophy and psychoanalysis.

Black Umbrella, a key reference for this book, comprises re-edited footage of fires in London discovered accidentally in a stockpile of discarded 16mm film.

Sound artist Hector Castells-Matutano will also performΒ Fire, an immersive sound piece inspired by principles and theories developed inΒ Architecture and Fire.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Published by UCL Press.


Stamatis Zografos is a Teaching Fellow in Architectural History and Theory at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is also a practising architect and one of the founders of Incandescent Square, an interdisciplinary and collaborative platform for research and design with interests spanning from architecture and urbanism to critical heritage and curating. Stamatis has previously lectured at University of Suffolk and Coventry University.


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