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Modernism versus Brutalism in C20 Architecture

Join Alan Powers, Elain Harwood and other leading architectural researchers next weekend (Friday 9 to Sunday 11 May) for an introduction to the development of C20 architecture in Britain, in a course organised by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education in association with the Twentieth Century Society. Talks will explore the English and International influences on Modernism and Brutalism, and the relationship between C20th styles.

The course kicks off on Friday evening with John Allan talking about Berthold Lubetkin – the outsider inside. Saturday opens with Alan Powers on the 1930s as a prelude to modernism, folllowed by Iain Jackson talking about the influence of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew,   Elizabeth Darling on Wells Coates, Harriet Atkinson on the Festival of Britain across the four nations, Hui Lan Manley on modern town design, and Barnabas Calder on Denys Lasdun. After dinner Elain Harwood closes the day with a talk intriguingly entitled Space, hope and the beginning of Brutalism. The shorter Sunday session includes Joe Kerr on changing attitudes to post-war public housing, Geraint Franklin on Brutalism in the city centre and Alistair Fair on post-war British university architecture.

For more information and to book tickets and accommodation go to the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education website.




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