Design Researchers in Residence Event
Islands Talks: Owen Hatherley and Marianna Janowicz
How can London’s architectural history shape ecological futures?
This event brings together architectural historian and author Owen Hatherley with Design Researcher in Residence Marianna Janowicz to consider the untold history and radical potential of laundry.
Building on Marianna’s research as part of her residency with Future Observatory at the Design Museum, the talk takes the history of communal washing and drying facilities in London’s housing estates as a starting point to reimagine the politics of everyday life in a low-carbon future.
18:00 Islands display opens to visitors (until 19:00)
19:00 Talk begins
19:45 Talk ends
Janowicz is an architect, writer, educator and member of feminist design collective Edit. She teaches design studio and architectural history at the London School of Architecture and the University for the Creative Arts, and runs an architectural walking tour in London for the charity Open City. Her writing has been published in the New York Review of Architecture, the Architectural Review and e-flux Architecture, among others. She is a Design Researcher in Residence at the Design Museum.
Future Observatory is coordinated by the Design Museum in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which is part of UK Research and Innovation, funding independent researchers in a wide range of subjects from history and archaeology to philosophy and languages, design and effectiveness of digital content and the impact of artificial intelligence.
Background image: Exhibition photography by Felix Speller