The Showroom Gallery was packed quite literally to full capacity last Wednesday (apologies to those who were turned away), for the launch of Walking Cities: London. The evening was led by the book’s co-editors, and Walkative co-founders, Jaspar Joseph-Lester and Simon King, and Amy Blier-Carruthers and Roberto Bottazzi. The event featured readings and performances from some of the book’s contributors, including Sean Ashton, Douglas Murphy, Rosana Antoli and Peter Sheppard Skærved.
Through bringing together a new interdisciplinary field of artists, writers, architects, musicians, human geographers and philosophers Walking Cities: London considers how urban walking informs and triggers new processes of making, thinking, researching and communicating. In particular, the book examines how the city contains narratives, knowledge and contested materialities that are best accessed through the act of walking. Ultimately, Walking Cities: London seeks to understand the wider significance of changing geographies to generate critical questions and creative perspectives for navigating the social and political impact of rapid urban change.