Public Interventions

'Agoraphobia?: Railings and Public Space'

Public Symposium, Senate House, London, October 2013.

Commissioned by:

Camden Council + C4CC - Centre for Creative Collaboration, University of London,

Curated by:

Catalina Pollak Williamson

Agoraphobia?: Railings and Public Space

Symposium - Public Talks + Public Performance:

Why are iron railings so firmly rooted in the British ideal of urban public space? Might the abundance of railings betray particular cultural anxieties about open spaces and their potentials?
The symposium considered the effects and legacy of the wartime (1940s) removal of iron railings from parks and gardens, opening a discussion about public space and accessibility in Bloomsbury and beyond.
A series of Public Talks at Senate House were preceded by a specially-commissioned Public Performance to explore the interface between movement, sound and the built environment.


Anna Minton - Writer & Journalist; author of ‘Ground Control, Fear and happiness in the twenty-first century city’
Dr. Matthew Ingleby – Lecturer / UCL
Zaynab Dena Ziari – Architect & Writer / Architectural Association
Laurence Bain – Architect / CAB - Campaign Against Bollards
Tom Snow – Researcher UCL (Chair)
Catalina Pollak

Event documented by Chaka Films and Josefina López (images).