Lanchester Gallery Projects

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Owen Hatherley

Walking Guided Tour of Coventry

24 November 2013

As part of the exhibition OUR SHADOW CODEX, Toby Paterson and Rhona Warwick programmed a series of performances, screenings and talks. These events were a curatorial strategy to reconfigure the archive and reading of the city.

Owen Hatherley guided a walking tour around Coventry City Centre. The tour unravelled Coventry’s socio-political, industrial and cultural histories through sites of architectural interest. The walk explored the ambitious design of Donald Gibson’s original town plan and observed where and why the city has swerved and remained faithful to its Modernist ideologies. Following the remains and the ruins of the old city plan, Hatherley narrated the political desires invested in future-orientated architecture.