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Renowned architect Ken Shuttleworth is to give this year's Wren Talk, an annual event to celebrate the life and works of Sir Christopher Wren. The Talk was founded in 2012 and held as part of the Inspire! Appeal to save St Bride's Church, in which it is held. This year's event will be held on Monday 1st July at 7pm.
Shuttleworth, who is particularly known for working in and around the City of London, will consider how Wren might view the City if he were alive today, balancing a likely protectiveness over his churches with an evident broader vision and understanding of situation and context.
He commented: "I think Wren would largely be impressed with the City of London today. He wasn't a formulaic architect; he brought an unusual combination of imagination and rigour into the process and was able to see beyond the brief itself. Like many of the buildings that distinguish the City today, Wren understood how to deliver a building which would serve its purpose both for its users and for the City itself. "
The talk is the brainchild of Design Council Cabe Chairman Paul Finch who also chairs the INPSIRE! Appeal and will take place as part of the London Festival of Architecture Fringe.
Tickets cost £15 with all proceeds going to the Inspire! Appeal.