Mon 9 Apr 2018, 6.30–8pm
Cass Research Seminars:
Lynch and Luxemburg on Dwelling and Beauty


The Wash Houses
The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
London E1 7TP

Rut Blees Luxenberg, London Dust

In this twelfth Cass Research Seminar Rut Blees Luxemburg and Patrick Lynch will consider the problems of dwelling, aesthetic value and city participation. Through art and architecture practice, they will take us on a visual journey through London to explore an alternative view of urban beauty, perception and possibility.

Rut Blees Luxemburg will ask: What experience of beauty does the city offer to its inhabitants? Is it mainly at the margins that beauty can be found in London? And what does the encounter with the beautiful engender in the citizen? Can an aesthetic experience open up access to ideas which address larger questions of public life? How can we ‘dwell poetically’ in the contemporary city?

Dwelling is something Patrick Lynch directly and deliberately leaves unsaid in his published research. Yet his ideas on the topic have gradually become more articulate, now that other people, such as Rut, have taken it on e.g. via film, re-presentation and re-appropriations. Patrick and Rut’s work overlaps in considering participation as a method and ideological position; and civic culture as a form of creative sharing.

Rut Blees Luxemburg is an artist who deals with the representation of the city, ranging from photographs and publications to public art installations. Rut has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe and her work is held in collections such as the Tate and the Centre Pompidou. Her work is part of the survey exhibition London Nights at the Museum of London in spring 2018. Rut created the iconic cover for The Streets’ Original Pirate Material and is a reader in urban aesthetics at The Royal College of Art.

Patrick Lynch is the founding director of Lynch Architects, an award-winning practice based in Hackney. Patrick completed his PhD, entitled Practical Poetics, at The Cass, with Peter Carl, Joseph Rykwert and Helen Mallinson in 2015. He is the author of a number of books, most recently, Civic Ground (Artifice, London, 2017); is Visiting Professor at Liverpool University and has taught at Cambridge, The Architectural Association, The Cass and Kingston. Lynch Architects work at a variety of scales, from public buildings, offices and apartments to private houses. The work of the practice has been widely exhibited and published including at The Venice Biennale in 2008 and 2012.

The Cass Research Seminar is a forum for exploring cross-disciplinary, phenomenological, academic and real-life experiences and ideas. Two presentations will be followed by a lively panel discussion between the audience, a professional discussant and the two speakers.


Photo: Sarah Kelman, Silver Forest Westminster
Patrick Lynch, Marsh View Norfolk
Patrick Lynch, Nova Place SW1
Patrick Lynch sketch

About Cass Research Seminars

Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience. The sessions seek cross-fertilisation of ideas and provoke discussion. Typically, they consist of two to three presentations of 15 minutes each followed by chaired discussion.

We had a productive year in 2017/18. Presenters found that the session deepened their work and added unexpected avenues to their thinking. All are welcome at Cass Research Seminars, both from inside and outside The Cass. For more information email and follow us on Twitter for the latest information @CassResearch

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