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Dr James Lander
HK

I am an artist, archivist, and researcher. My PhD in fine art, awarded by the University of the Arts London [UAL] in 2019, was funded by a Chelsea Arts Club Trust/Barry Flanagan Award. My thesis ‘Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower: archival investigations from a contested site’, was written whilst living at Balfron Tower for four years before its restoration. The co-authored book, journal essays, and exhibition catalogue published thereafter were supported by grants from UAL. In turn these outcomes were used in my university teaching, which is recognised by an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Whilst living at the Thamesmead estate in south east London, I co-exhibited a viable alternative to estate demolition, with architectural designer Stephane Chadwick. This included a listing application, and contributions to a publication, conference, and local radio broadcast in 2019. My current research assesses the adaptive reuse of public housing in Hong Kong.

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