Multistory Lecture by
Ben Campkin

Please join us this Thursday 7th March at 17.30 for the fourth in our Multistory MONEY series organised by the School of Architecture and Design. We are very excited to welcome Ben Campkin.

"My book Queer Premises: LGBTQ+ Venues in London Since the 1980s examines the architectural and social histories of bars, cafés, nightclubs, pubs, community centres, and hybrids of these typologies, to understand how they have been imagined, created, threatened or sustained. Drawing case studies from the book’s eight chapters, this talk will offer eight premises on the relationships between these venues and money. The examples will show how money is central to understanding these venues’ histories: from the macro scale of economic cycles, gentrification processes and rainbow capitalism, to the micro scale of grassroots creativity and radical queer economies."

Ben Campkin is Professor of Urbanism and Urban History at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and Vice-Dean Public and City Engagement for The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. He is the author of Queer Premises: LGBTQ+ Venues in London Since the 1980s (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023) and Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in London (2013), which won the Urban Communication Foundation Jane Jacobs Award (2015) and was commended in the Royal Institute for British Architects President’s Awards for Research (2014). Ben’s internationally influential research on LGBTQ+ night-spaces has informed the London Plan and campaigns to protect LGBTQ+ heritage. He was the UK Principal Investigator for the EU research collaboration, Night-spaces, Migration, Culture andIntegration in Europe.

Multistory is the long-running public lecture series run by the School. Organised by Charles Holland and Cat Rossi, we have developed a new format this year, with each semester focusing on a specific, single-word theme which addresses key challenges facing architecture, design, planning and the environment.

This term’s theme is MONEY. Speakers will cover subjects including: the financing of architecture and design projects; the role of developers, clients, and unions; gentrification; the visual and material culture of money; economic histories of architecture and design, critical creative explorations of the economy. We seek to address these themes from a range of historical, theoretical, and practice-based perspectives.

Multistory Winter/Spring 2024

14th March: Russell Curtis and Oliver Bulleid
21st March: Cristina Monteiro
18th April: Elise Hodson