event photo

Broken Edges: Cities and Other Ruins

Public lecture hosted by LSE Cities in partnership with The Landmark Trust

LSE Cities hosted an event on the role of ruins in the remaking of cultural as well as urban heritage, with a special focus on the restoration of Astley Castle. Our platform in this rich debate included, Witherford, Watson Mann Architects, The Landmark Trust, and The Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Event materials


Listen to podcast


  • William Mann

    Witherford Watson Mann Architects

  • Stephen Witherford

    Witherford Watson Mann Architects

  • Anna Keay

    The Landmark Trust

  • Richard Sennett

    Richard Sennett

    Richard Sennett writes about cities and about labour. He is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Visiting Professor of Architecture at Cambridge University.  He is currently completing a trilogy of books about craftsmanship, the third volume of which, Making and Dwelling, is about the craft of urban design.  At LSE Cities, with Saskia Sassen and Richard Burdett, he is advising UN Habitat about the Habitat III the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development.

  • Abraham Thomas

    Sir John Soane's Museum

  • Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age programme. His research interests focus on the interactions between the physical and social worlds in the contemporary city and how urbanisation affects social and environmental sustainability. He was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006.