Charles Rice, Kingston University

‘Interior/Urban c.1974’

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 film The Conversation provides the context to chart an urban interiority defined through acoustic space. The lecture will actively ‘resplice’ Coppola’s film, working backward and outward from professional eavesdropper Harry Caul’s domestic interior (and his destruction of it), to the urban interiority his listening-in creates. In this way the film and the lecture will provide a material figure and an historical moment for the emergence of a very current concern – the formation of the inhuman, sensate urban environment.

Charles Rice is Professor of Architectural History and Theory and Head of the School of Art and Design History at Kingston University, London. He is author of The Emergence of the Interior (2007).

CIDRA Masterclasses

Each of the lecturers in the CIDRA Public Lecture Series will take part in accompanying masterclasses. All MA, PhD and Postdoctoral fellows welcome (no need to sign up, just come).

10-12noon, Wednesday, 16 February, 2011

University Place, Room 4.214

Charles Rice (Kingston) in conversation with:

Simon Guy (Manchester Architecture Research Centre, MARC)

and Mark Crinson (Art History and Visual Studies, AHVS)

The two readings are:

Charles Rice, ‘The Inside of Space: Some issues concerning heterogeneity, the interior, and the weather’, in Michael Hensel, Achim Menges and Christopher Hight (eds), Space Reader: Heterogeneous Space in Architecture, pp. 185-193. London: Wiley, 2009

Reyner Banham,’Evironmental Management’, in The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment, pp. 18-29. London: Architectural Press, 1984.

These are available at SAGE blog:

or at:

All lectures begin at 5pm in the John Casken Lecture Theatre, Martin Harris Building, and are followed by a wine reception. All welcome, no booking required.

Postgraduate masterclasses accompany the lecture series, please contact carolyn.broomhead for details.This event, and the associated masterclass, are co-sponsored by the Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC).