‘Faith’ Launch Party

The fifth issue of LOBBY launched on Friday 30 September 2016. The ‘Faith’ Launch Party was sponsored by the Bartlett School of Architecture and MATT Architecture, and as hundreds and hundreds of guests walked into what would be the last LOBBY launch party at 140 Hampstead Road (the School is moving to its refurbished old/new home in 22 Gordon Street this winter), we gave them one last hoorah to remember. From merry danseurs to sassy lassies, this was our most stylish party yet. And if you couldn't be there, we're giving you the belles of the balls, along with a few ‘Faith’ teasers: the first sentences from some of my favourite articles in the new issue.

“Landward from the high tide mark of a brackish estuary, a collection of humble, hermetic maritime palaces squat among unkempt meadows, snoozing.”

-Sam Gillis, Seabright

“There is a place in north India called McLeod Ganj, also known as upper Dharmsala; it is the place where the Dalai Lama resides, the place where he took asylum after the Chinese authorities conquered Tibet.”

-Vishanka Gandhi, Identity Through Acceptance

“Consider for a moment an imposing, dark, empty mansion.”

-Gregorio Astengo, Haunted by Design

“In 1994 I first saw Felicia in drag, riding atop a huge bus while lip syncing the beautiful opera aria Sempre Libera—from Giuseppe Verdi’s awesome La Traviatta—where Violetta, a woman of pleasure, pleads to forever be ‘folleggiando di gioia in gioia’.”

-Lilliana Ramos-Collado, Queens of the Desert No More

“It’s all about belief, architecture.”

-Hugh Pearman, Past Style

“Rudolf Vbra and Alfred Wetzler were two inmates who escaped from the Auschwitz 11-Birkenau concentration camp.”

-Víctor Manuel Cano Ciborro, Escape from Auschwitz

“In 1993 the American Institute of Architects established the AIA Young Architects Award, recognising for the first time in the history of the discipline the significance of young creatives’ contribution to the profession.”

-Fani Kostourou, New Modesty

“During the 12th and 13th Centuries, a mysterious sect arose in the mountains of Iran under the leadership of Hassan-i Sabbah, known as sayyidna (our master) or ‘the old man of the mountains’.”

-Maryam Moayery Nia and Hamed Zarrinkamri, Self-Sacrifice

“Fifty years ago, after a typical morning swim in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in southeast France, a body was found on the beach.”

-Federico Ortiz, Empty but Full

“London is growing a new skin.”

-Joanne Preston, Brick

“It was late and I wanted to leave.”

-Mrinal S. Rammohan, Leave/Stay

“If we continue to demonstrate the joy of architecture, then we have a good chance of inspiring faith in what we do.”

-Caroline Bos, “Moving Architecture”

To purchase ‘Faith’ click here .

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