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The Architecture of the Bed


19/07/22 6:30 pm

BOOK HERE to attend this offsite, in-person event. The venue is Walmer Yard.

In this lecture renowned architectural historian Beatriz Colomina will discuss how our bedroom spaces are evolving and how modern lifestyles and technologies have given the horizontal architecture of the bed a new significance. This lecture will explore the new role of the bed as the epicenter of labour, post-labour, sleep and love in the age of social media.

This event is part of the public programme for the exhibition Mahmoud Khaled – Fantasies on a Found Phone, Dedicated to the Man Who Lost it. The event is organised and presented in partnership with Walmer Yard.  


Beatriz Colomina is the Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture at Princeton University and the Founding Director of the Media and Modernity Program at Princeton University. She writes and curates on questions of design, art, sexuality and media and her writings have been translated into more than 25 languages. Her books include Sexuality and Space (Princeton Architectural Press, 1992), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (MIT Press, 1994), Domesticity at War (MIT Press and Actar, 2007), Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X–197X (Actar, 2010), Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (Sternberg, 2014), The Century of the Bed (Verlag fur Moderne Kunst, 2015) and Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design (Lars Muller, 2016). Her latest books are X-Ray Architecture (Lars Muller, 2019), and Radical Pedagogies (MIT Press, 2022). More about Beatriz Colomina

Walmer Yard is formed of four interlocking houses wrapped around a courtyard in London’s Notting Hill. Designed by the renowned architect Peter Salter together with Fenella Collingridge, and developed by Crispin Kelly, the building is the reflection of a long education and the product of a decade of learning, thought and inspiration. From the play of light, shadow and colour, to the intense celebration of materials and constantly fresh sequences of spaces, these houses celebrate what architecture can deliver at the domestic scale. The houses now form the home of the Baylight Foundation, a charitable organisation with the aim of increasing the public understanding of what architecture can do, rooted in the experience of Walmer Yard.  

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