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A style guide to Twentieth Century architecture. The Complete Lecture Series 1-6 - SOLD OUT
The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St
26/01/2017 – 02/03/2017
De La Warr Pavilion

A style guide to Twentieth Century Architecture. The Complete Lecture Series  *SOLD OUT*

26th January 2017 to 2nd March 2017 - Doors open 6.15pm for drinks and a browse of our publications. Lectures start at 6.30pm

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.

A style guide to Twentieth Century architecture

26 January 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.


2 February Modernism in the 1930s

Alan Powers

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 clichés, like any other style, or did it achieve liberation?


9 February Brutalism

Barnabas Calder

The hot word of the blogosphere, Brutalism is a term of approval and abuse, whose meaning has changed since the word first gained currency in the early 1950s. Barnabas Calder, author of Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism brings us up to speed.


16 February Modernism after 1945

Elain Harwood

There have been many Modernisms. In the years after 1945, Brutalism was just one version, and 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. Elain Harwood was recently awarded the Alice Davis Hitchcock medal for her book Space, Hope and Brutalism. 


23 February Neo-Georgian

Julian Holder and Elizabeth McKellar

Neo-Georgian was the background architecture 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. The speakers were the editors of Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal, published in 2016


2 March Post-Modernism

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.


Members £37.00    Non Members £50.00   Students £25.00 (glass of wine included)

Lectures can also be booked separately



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