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15 January 2018From Neo-Georgianism to The Shard: Architecture from 1910 to the Present

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From Neo-Georgianism to The Shard: Architecture from 1910 to the Present Anthea Streeter Monday 15 January 2018

This study course will take place on three consecutive Monday afternoons, January 15, 22 and 29, from 1.30pm until 4.00pm including an interval for tea and cake. The total cost of the complete series of lectures is £40.  The booking form is available here.

Venue: Marks Tey Parish Hall, Old London Road, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1EN. There is plenty of car-parking space available.

Here is an opportunity for members to review the many changes and influences on British architecture over the last 100 years and to bring themselves up to date with the variety of forms of architecture we see today.

We begin with Neo-Georgianism, which became established in the years before the First World War as a result of a renewed interest in the late 17th century work of Sir Christopher Wren.   New ideas were developing on the European Continent, where a different direction in architecture was sought encapsulating Modernist principles, and we will look at how these were received in Britain during the inter-war period.  After the War, a lighter Contemporary Style was developed in the USA as a more acceptable face of Modernism, and this was reflected in the bright, colourful Fifties designs showcased at the Festival of Britain.  Many Arts Society members will enjoy reminiscing as we move from the Fifties to the Sixties, when the clarity of geometrical forms, paralleling Mary Quant’s ‘the look’, was followed by severe Brutalism, now admired by enthusiasts for its tough, structural integrity. The lecture will explain the ideas behind Post Modernism, with its tongue-in-cheek, even jokey evocation of the past;  and how admiration for the engineering aesthetic of ‘High Tech’ architecture enabled British architects to stride the global stage as world-class architects.  We end with a survey of recent projects, both in the UK and Europe, many of which have either won or been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, Britain’s most prestigious architectural award.

Anthea Streeter studied the Fine and Decorative Arts in London and continued her studies at Harvard University. It was while at Harvard, where there was great enthusiasm for American design, that she became interested herself in 20th century architecture. Since returning from America she has taught on courses in Oxford and London, lectured on the Country House course in Sussex, and for several private groups around the country.  Her special interest is in the architecture and design of 20th century.