25th March, 2009
More and more of our lives is now spent in supermarkets, airports and hotels, in front of computers or at cash machines. This colonisation of our world by “non-places”, Marc Augé argues, changes us in subtle ways. How do we perceive non-places, and how does that perception change ourselves and those places? Augé is director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Sciences Sociales in Paris and author of Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity. Tonight he is in conversation with Stephen Bayley, founder of The Design Museum and architecture and design correspondent at The Observer.