14 August 2013
Guest Speaker: Assoc Prof Hannah Lewi Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne
UtopiaLondon, 2010, Dir. Tom Cordell, 82 minutes, English
The film observes the method and practise of the Modernist architects who rebuilt London after World War Two. It shows how they revolutionised life in the city in the wake of destruction from war and the poor living conditions inherited from the Industrial Revolution. This film is their story.
Utopia London travels through the recent history of the city where the film maker grew up. He finds the architects who designed it and reunites them with the buildings they created.
These young idealists were once united around a vision of using science and art to create a city of equal citizens. Their architecture fused William Morris with urban high-rise; ancient parkland with concrete.
Utopia London examines the, social and political agendas of the time in which the city was rebuilt. The story goes on to explore how the meaning of these transformative buildings has been radically manipulated over subsequent decades. Inspired by the optimism of the past it poses the question; where do we go from here and now? (source: Utopia London’s press release statement)
Hannah Lewi is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, at the University of Melbourne. She is the co-editor and co-author of ‘Community: Building Modern Australia’ (UNSW Press, 2010), and is the vice-chair of Docomomo Australia. Her research spans fields of interest in Australian and international Modernism, media and the representation of architecture and heritage, and theoretical inquiry into heritage and conservation.
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