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A style guide to Twentieth Century Architecture Returns - Post-Modernism and Art Deco
The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St
27/06/2017 - 27/06/2017

A style guide to Twentieth Century Architecture Returns - Post-Modernism and Art Deco

Tuesday 27th June 2017 - Doors open 6.15pm for drinks and a browse of our publications. Lectures start at 6.30pm

Following our sell out Lecture Series earlier in the year and the demand for tickets we have persuaded our speakers to come back for a rerun. This time around we will be having two speakers each evening and have asked them to cut their talks down to approximately 25 minutes each. As we will be having lighter evenings they may of course extend beyond that!

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

Six speakers will unpack the identity of six styles that have dominated the period and clear away some of the fog.


Timothy Brittain-Catlin

In reaction against Modernist rigidity, the architecture of the ‘Me Decade’ of the 1980s was Post-Modernism. It borrowed playfully from history but its best practitioners took seriously the obligation to fit into existing streetscapes and to restore human scale and identity of place.

The Twentieth Century Society is currently engaged in reassessing Post-Modernism as many of its leading examples come increasingly under threat.

Art Deco

Ian McInnes

The architecture of arterial roads and suburban shopping parades, of  Parisian glamour and American sleekness. Once condemned for being not properly modern, Art Deco remains a complex but appealing ‘in between’ category.

Members £8.00   Non Members £10.00   Students £5.00      (A glass of wine is included in these prices)

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