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our NEXT EVENTS

All events are currently presented on zoom and are free for participants - if you would like to to attend, please register for zoom details by contacting us via the link above - docomomo.uk.info@gmail.com  

    

TUESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2020

connell, ward and lucas - a talk by sally rendel - presented on Zoom

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On a cold spring morning in1924 two young architects from New Zealand arrived in England at Tilbury dock with high ambitions. Over the following years Amyas Connell and Basil Ward evolved an uncompromisingly clean-lined modern architectural language using innovative reinforced concrete construction techniques. Joined in 1934 by the Englishman Colin Lucas in a practice that existed just five short years, the three partners were responsible for a portfolio of groundbreaking modern buildings, mainly houses.

In this zoom lecture Sally Rendel will chart the course of the three architects’ careers from early formative projects, through their achievements in practice together and on to their achievements after the war; Colin Lucas at the LCC, Amyas Connell in practice in East Africa and Basil Ward in teaching and practice.

Sally Rendel is an architect, writer and illustrator. She co-authored ‘Connell Ward and Lucas Modern movement architects in England 1929-1939’ with Dennis Sharp (Frances Lincoln, 2008). She is a working party member of Docomomo.UK and has edited the Docomomo.UK Newsletter for the last 8 years.

TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER 2020

Antonin Raymond in Japan - A TALK BY Neil Jackson - presented on zoom

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The Czech-born architect Antonin Raymond (1888-1976) was the first Western architect to bring International-style Modernism to Japan, where he was initially employed by Frank Lloyd Wright to work on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

 

Despite his indebtedness to Wright, his work drew equally on Le Corbusier and Auguste Perret, while ranging in appearance from Arts & Crafts to Brutalism.

 

Professor Neil Jackson, author of the recent book, Japan and the West: An Architectural Dialogue, will speak on Raymond’s work in Japan.

 

Neil Jackson is an architect and architectural historian and Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Liverpool. He has published widely on nineteenth and twentieth-century architecture, most recently concentrating on the Pacific Rim, specifically California and Japan. A former Trustee of the C20 Society, he is currently the President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY 2021

LASDUN IN AFRICA - A TALK BY FLORIAN DREHER - presented on zoom

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As time progresses the quality and achievement of Dennis Lasdun’s work seems to grow in public recognition. While his work in the UK is well known The work he did abroad is less well known. This Talk will deal with his work in Africa.

 

Dr. Florian Dreher is a German architectural writer and academic and will speak. With an introduction from Kate Macintosh who worked on the National theatre.

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Two Buildings by Carlo Scarpa - Space, Light & Materiality

 

A talk by philip boyle

Tues 30 March 2021 18.00 by zoom

Carlo Scarpa (1906 -1978) from Venice, Italy was a highly educated architect who came somewhat later to practice. During his life he was known mainly as an academic and exhibition designer. However in hindsight his very personal style and working methods revealed lessons from earlier Modernism. These developed from his immersive knowledge, and preoccupation with history, art, craftsmanship and invention. This talk will concentrate on two works. One is an early work of urban reconstruction/reuse in Palermo, Southern Italy. The second a late work a high budget new tomb and chapel adjacent to an existing cementery in a rural landscape outside Venice, Northern Italy.

 

 

Philip Boyle is an architect. He studied at the Bartlett School, UCL and then worked on the design of low cost housing, initially in the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Research Group, then for the London Borough of Islington (where he won first prize in a housing competition in 1970), then in a number of private practices, and latterly in Milton Keynes. He has been Secretary of GLAC (LCC/GLC Dept Architects Club), organising tours, lectures and visits at home and abroad for many years. He has lectured on Modern architecture in the UK and USA. For the past five years he has lectured and run a course on Modern architecture at HLIS (Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution). He has been Coordinator of Docomomo.UK since 1999.

CRAIG Ellwoodand

the Betterment of Johnnie Burke

   

A talk by

Professor neil jackson 

Tues 27 april 2021 18.00 by zoom

The Craig Ellwood story is, in every way, a Hollywood story.   Described as the Cary Grant of architecture, few people did more than Craig Ellwood to create the image or life-style of post-war Los Angeles.  Perched on the steep sides of canyons, his houses were sleek, minimalist affairs of steel and glass while his public buildings were expressive essays in structural engineering.  Although he was fêted world-wide in the architectural press, Craig Ellwood’s rise from humble beginnings to architectural stardom was as much the product of single-minded self-promotion as it was of any real design skill or architectural ability.  But then, Craig Ellwood was not an architect and he wasn’t really Craig Ellwood either.

  

Professor Neil Jackson, author of the book, ‘Craig Ellwood”, 2002, Laurence King and most recently,’Japan and the West: An Architectural Dialogue.’ Lund Humpheries.

 

Neil Jackson is an architect and architectural historian and Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Liverpool. He has published widely on nineteenth and twentieth-century architecture, most recently concentrating on the Pacific Rim, specifically California and Japan. A former Trustee of the C20 Society, he is currently the President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

LOUIS KAHN(1901-1974)

AN OVERVIEW

 

A talk by philip boyle

Tues 25 MaY 2021 18.00 by zoom

Louis Kahn together with Alvar Aalto are probably recognised as the two most important  of post WW2 architects (also active before WW2) in the progress of modern architecture. While Aalto’s influence can seen in the work of many followers that of Kahn while he has admirers, is less tangible. Part of this is because of his long period of education and the wide range of his Interests, and  limited scope for architectural practice during the depression and WW2 which brought him late to full practice. This talk will deal with a few of the American Institutional Buildings he designed and built during the most active period of his practice, before his untimely death in 1974.  

 

Philip Boyle is an architect. He studied at the Bartlett School, UCL and then worked on the design of low cost housing, initially in the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Research Group, then for the London Borough of Islington (where he won first prize in a housing competition in 1970), then in a number of private practices, and latterly in Milton Keynes. He has been Secretary of GLAC (LCC/GLC Dept Architects Club), organising tours, lectures and visits at home and abroad for many years. He has lectured on Modern architecture in the UK and USA. For the past five years he has lectured and run a course on Modern architecture at HLIS (Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution). He has been Coordinator of Docomomo.UK since 1999.

Alpha Tower (1970 George Marsh of R.Seifert and partners)

weekend study tour Birmingham and the west midlands: tour postponed 

Yale Art Gallery Extension                      photo Philip Boyle

Daphne House at Hillsborough, California (1960-61)  photo Neil Jackson

Chapel and Path, Brion Cementery     photo Philip Boyle

In association with BRUTIFUL BIRMINGHAM.  

 

Day 1, Birmingham City Centre

All day Walking tour Birmingham - Guided by Brutiful Birmingham

 

Day 2, West Midlands

Tour to include notable sites and buildings in Dudley, Wolverhampton and Walsall

Philip Boyle, our coordinator, is currently involved in two camapaigns: the first is striving to save West London College in Hammersmith from threatened demolition.  The second relates to Bromley Hall School in Bow.  This building is grade 2 listed but currently empty and without plans for its reuse and also suffering from serious neglect.

Watch the talk which he recently gave as part of the  Architecture Foundation's "100 Day Studio" series, on these two remarkable buildings. Please give your support to our campaigns to save them.

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Following a long camapign to save and protect 269 Leigham Court Road in Lambeth, the Local Authority, who own and manage this outstanding example of sheltered housing, have agreed with DOCOMOMO to the introduction of new systems for carrying out maintenance and repair in ways which will respect the newly Listed status of this building.

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You can also write to us at our London meeting place: Docomomo.UK, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ, England

 

Photographer: Richard Learoyd

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