Cass Cities' own Dr Jane Clossick presents the second London Society Architecture School talk.
Abercrombie’s Plan for London (1943-44) marked a sea change in the way the city was made, a move towards the view from above. It was indicative of the modernist thinking soon to be made concrete, with cars and pedestrians neatly separated, zones of industry and housing organised by category, and housing lifted away from the smog of the city to new, towering heights.
Using a series of iconic concrete case studies including the Barbican to explore themes of civic, economic, social and architectural change, Dr Jane Clossick (Cass Cities, London Metropolitan University) will explore this unique phase in the history of London’s architecture which has left its indelible print on the urban grain of the city today.
Jane is passionate about London urbanism. Born in London, she trained as an architect and completed a PhD on a London high street in 2016. She is Lecturer in Urban Design, co-runs the Cass Cities Unit and research group and is course leader for MA Architecture and Urbanism MA.
Cass Cities and the Architecture and Urbanism MA are delighted to partner with the London Society in bringing to you two 'Saturday Schools' on Architecture and Planning. Two series of five Saturday morning sessions in June and September, in which eminent and lively speakers cover topics relevant to the past, present and future of London at a variety of scales, from building to city.
The London Society is a forum for debate on the future of London. They arrange events and visits to a variety of places, buildings and institutions, some not generally open to the public, organise debates and lectures, including the annual Sir Banister Fletcher Lecture, addressed by distinguished speakers. The Society also sponsors the All Party Parliamentary Group on London Planning and Built Environment.
The 2018 London Society Architecture School will explore the architecture of London from the halcyon years before the First World War when London was the largest city in the world, the centre of an enormous empire, through the period of long reinvention, to the present day. Changes in social aspirations have left a portfolio of buildings that mirror this 100 year period of architectural evolution. Technology, cultural and political developments have left their marks on the palimpsest of buildings that the unprecedented changing forces and opportunities that the wrench from a 'search for a new style' in architecture. How and why is architecture so changeable? What drives a design and how can cultural references be picked up, used, discarded and then picked up again? How do clients and building methods drive design? How does this ever-changing rainbow of taste evolve and leave its mark in a building?