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26 July 2020
17:00 (GMT + 0)
Walkative: San Francisco
The Walkative Society

Perched on a jagged peninsula of steep hills and canyons, with breathtaking views of the ocean and the bay, San Francisco's landscape used to reflect its rare ability to embrace the new, the strange, the outrageous, and make it its own. You can do it in the streets, as long as you don't frighten the horses.

Thirty percent of the U.S. internet business is based in the Bay Area, and while on the surface the industry embraces innovation, the homogenizing effect of money erodes and turns SF into a plain and a platitude, no longer punctuated by diverse voices, as it is with heights and valleys.

The Wild West of ideas turned into a Wild West of capitalism, and San Francisco might as well be the future of American urbanism – a city that's being hollowed out. I am a newcomer to San Francisco and I walk the city from North Beach to Glen Canyon, from Hunters Point to Outer Sunset, mapping its landscape and myths onto my memory.

The Walkative Society is a Royal College of Art student-led society emphasising walking as a means of discovery and a place for dialogue and exchange. Each year the Society is led by two presidents from the student body. This year the Society has been led by Katharina Siegel (MA Sculpture) and Adalburto Lonardi (MA Interior Design) with designs by Max Albert Kohler (MA Visual Communication).

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School of Architecture, School of Arts & Humanities
Sculpture (MA)
Estimated Duration: 1 hour 30 min
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Katharina Siegel

Sculpture (MA)

Dr Jaspar Joseph-Lester - Presenter

Dr Jaspar Joseph-Lester is Head of Programme (Sculpture) and Reader in Art & Post-urbanism at the Royal College of Art. A London-based artist, his work explores the role images play in urban planning, social space and everyday praxis; latterly he has focused on conflicting ideological frameworks as embodied in urban regeneration projects. He has exhibited his work internationally and is author of Revisiting the Bonaventure Hotel (Copy Press, 2012) and editor of Walking Cities: London (Routledge, 2020).

Simon King - Presenter

Ania Mininkova - Guest

Dolly Kershaw - Guest

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