birmingham: the architecture of two ecologies
monday 20th march 2017
‘[Birmingham] has beautiful (if man-made) sunsets.’
Miles: International Times, 14 March 1969
Tom Keeley’s work takes Reyner Banham’s 1971 book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, and re-situates it forty-four years later in Birmingham, England. It engages with Banham’s text in both form and method from a number of different positions; inserting, as Anthony Vidler described in his appraisal of Banham in Los Angeles, “one into the other in a kind of montage.”
Tom is an architectural historian working between architecture, geography, landscape and culture through writing, situated research, and printed matter. Keeley studied landscape architecture at the University of Sheffield, before gaining an MA in architectural history from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
He holds Associate Lecturer positions at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, Kingston University, and Birmingham City University; and has previously worked for organisations including The Architecture Foundation (London, UK), and Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, USA). His work is held in the collections of the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the School of Architecture Library at Princeton University.
This talk is cohosted with birmingham students of architecture society, BSAS, at birmingham school of architecture and design, birmingham city university.