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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.