In which views are exchanged and an idea is had.
I’ve written before on here about one of my favourite architecture books ‘How buildings learn: What happens after they’re built’ by Stewart Brand. And I’ve been talking about it this week. Talking about it in our new Everyman with Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz and Executive Director Deborah Aydon.
They asked me if I’d come and talk to them after I’d written a frankly critical post about the new building called ‘Great Expectations’ on the very evening when it had won the RIBA Sterling Award for the best new building of the year. Contrary, like.
My criticisms weren’t aimed at the building as a whole but at what I see as its slow start so far as a natural gathering place for the people of the city. Along the way I also had some specific criticisms of the food and the downstairs Bistro. Not everyone agreed with me, on here or on Twitter, but enough feelings were strongly expressed to set the scene for a lively discussion, as we sat down to talk about The Everyman and its future.
Gemma and Deborah have been at The Ev for eleven years now and ‘passionate’ isn’t a strong enough word to describe how they feel about the place’s new home. Continue reading