Twentieth Century Society Lectures Online

The British Twentieth Century Society has released online a number of very interesting lectures about

Architectural Styles I: 30’s Modernism with Alan Powers

Following the success of our 2017 series ‘A Style Guide to Twentieth Century Architecture’, this is our first lecture in our new series of online lectures about Architectural Styles, led by Dr. Alan Powers on 30’s Modernism.

Understanding architecture since 1914 involves understanding the meaning of labels and their underlying significance. While these labels are widely used, they represent a mixture of forgotten intentions, opportunistic adoptions, post-rationalisations and misapplications.

Modernism was meant to be more than a style – in fact the end of ‘styles’ as we know them.  It was a mission and a vision, rooted in formulae but reaching for eternity.  Was it destined to become a set of design cliches, like any other style, or did it achieve liberation?


Architectural Styles II: Mid Century Modernism with Elain Harwood

Following the success of our 2017 series ‘A Style Guide to Twentieth Century Architecture’, this is our second lecture in our series of online lectures about Architectural Styles, led by Elain Harwood on Mid-Century Modernism.

Understanding architecture since 1914 involves understanding the meaning of labels and their underlying significance. While these labels are widely used, they represent a mixture of forgotten intentions, opportunistic adoptions, post-rationalisations and misapplications.

There have been many Modernisms. In the years after 1945, there was a wide variety of approaches to structure, materials and form, including the typical styles of the Festival of Britain and the early Welfare State.


Architectural Styles III: Neo Geo with Alan Powers

Neo-Georgian was the background architect of the twentieth century with a wide variety of applications for private and public design, including post offices, schools, pubs, and banks, typically with red brick and white sash windows.


More lectures at

https://c20society.org.uk/lectures

C20

The Twentieth Century Society was founded in 1979, as a direct response to growing interest in C20th architecture and to complement the preservation work of the Victorian Society, which was founded in 1959.

From day one, our focus has been on preservation and education: campaigning to protect the buildings and design that characterise C20th Britain; helping as many people as possible to appreciate their importance and beauty.

Today, we are involved in a number of important campaigns, all of which involve our experts, members, volunteers and supporters. We undertake casework related to planning applications for listed buildings, as we have a statutory role in the planning system.

The C20 Society runs a busy schedule of events (including guided tours, conferences and lectures) and publishes books and a thrice-yearly magazine, C20. The income from these activities is used to fund our campaigns, casework and running costs.

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