Sat 16 Jun 2018, 11.30am–12.30pm
London Society Saturday Schools:
Neil Bennett – The 1980s, waking up to post-modernism


The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
London E1 7TB

Neil Bennett – The 1980s, waking up to post-modernism

MA Architecture and Urbanism and Cass Cities present

The Eighties were exciting, but divisive, times for architecture and culture.

Modernism was the accepted architectural language, with words like ‘consistency’ and ‘rational’ to the fore. Postmodern architecture burst into this scene, with a fleeting period when meaning, wit and fun were at the forefront. Unlike today, when perhaps we are all post-modernists, there was no discourse between these diverse schools of thought.

Drawing from the contrast of a classic modernist education to the hands-on delivery of some of London’s post-modern classics, Neil Bennett (Farrells) will look across the vivid spectrum of the 80s, in the UK and further afield, from the rigorous consistency of the British Library through the playful flamboyance of the TV-am television studios, to James Stirling’s no. 1 Poultry City office building.

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You can book these events individually, or save money by booking every event in the Architecture Saturday School: BLOCK BOOKING
Cass staff and students get a discounted booking rate, email for your discount code.

About London Society Saturday Schools

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.

Cass staff, students, graduates and offer holders get a discounted rate on these events, which can be booked individually or as a block. Email to get your discount code.


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.

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June 2018: The Architecture of London; a century from Empire to Brexit

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?

September 2018: Planning London (details tbc)

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