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TALK | The Architecture of London; a century from Empire to Brexit (five lecture series)

event Saturday, 2 June 2018

access_time 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

£   20/56

location_on The Cass, 16 Goulston Street, E1 7TP

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Discover how London’s architecture has evolved over time.

Join the Society for this informative series of Saturday morning talks with some of London's leading experts. Here you can block book for all five talks with the series discount - five talks for the price of four. Non-members will get a year's individual membership of the Society as part of the package.

The 2018 London Society Architecture School will explore the architecture of London from the halcyon years before the First World War when London was the largest city in the world, the centre of an enormous Empire, through the period of long reinvention  to the present day when again the city is building and reasserting itself with a confidence of a very different nature.  The changes in the social aspirations have left a portfolio of buildings that mirror this 100 year period of architectural evolution. Technology, cultural and political developments have left their marks on the palimpsest of buildings that the unprecedented changing forces and opportunities that the wrench from a 'search for a new style' in architecture.  How and why is architecture so changeable? What drives a design and how can cultural references be picked up, used, discarded and then picked up again? How do clients and building methods drive design? How does this ever changing rainbow of taste evolve and leave it’s mark in a building? The five participants are all practising architects and will present salient facts as designers rather than historians. There will be ample time for discussion and questions afterwards.

Saturday, 2 JuneMark Prizeman - The interwar search for peace, and speed

Saturday, 9 June Speaker tbc - The Plan for London and the concrete better world

Saturday, 16 JuneNeil Bennett - Waking up to post-modernism and narrative

Saturday, 23 June Benedict O'Looney - The brilliant modernity and artistic achievement of London’s Edwardian Architecture

Saturday, 30 JuneTom Coward - Why design in the 21st Century?

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