New journal article considers Blake’s “London” as architectural space

This joint authored paper provides an innovative look at London's spaces associated with death during Blake's lifetime and during COVID-19.

The latest issue of Charrette, the open access peer reviewed journal of the asssociation of architectural educators (aae), includes a paper by Sophie Ungerer, Sibylle Erle, and Makrina Agaoglou, "William Blake's 'London' (1794) and Covid-19 London (2020): Discovering spaces for death in the city's history":

This text is on a unique, trans-disciplinary project (Architecture, Literature, Mathematics) which weaves the voices of three academics to associate manifestations of death in William Blake’s time with those prevalent in the years of lockdowns (2020-21). It explores spaces traditionally associated with death via a reading of Blake’s ‘London’ (1794). The project, which proposes a methodology with which to access the rich palimpsest of the city, documents a collaborative practice of collective place/text reading that relies on translation as a mode of communication. It explores the visual and visionary dimensions of urban space in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sophie Ungerer is Senior Lecturer BA Interior and Spatial Design
Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts. She is an architect and designer, living, practicing, teaching, drawing and exploring in London.

Sibylle Erle is an educator, writer, editor and academic working on Blake, death and monsters. She has written extensively on Blake’s art, his German reception and Anglo-German relations in British Romanticism. She is editor of VALA, the journal of The Blake Society and editorial director forGlobal Blake.

Markrina Agaoglu is Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, in the School of Industrial Engineering in the Department of Applied Mathematics.

"William Blake's 'London' (1794) and Covid-19 London (2020): Discovering spaces for death in the city's history" is available via Charrette. (Open Access).