DOCUMENTingand CONSERVing

the MODERN MOVEMENT 

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toronto town hall competition 1958: an international architectural event - a talk by george kapelos

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Over 500 architects entered Toronto’s competition, representing 40+ countries. The competition was much larger than the 1956 Sydney Opera House competition and most of the competition entries were distinctly “modern”. The competition was influenced by early post-war activities of the CIAM and a number of British and Commonwealth architects participated in the organization of the competition and were on its jury.

Over 60 architects entered from England, Scotland and Wales, including many young architects who went on to become significant practitioners (and modernists) in the United Kingdom.

 

Detailed dossiers on each of the entering architects have recently been prepared, as part of a research project into the competition’s global reach and the way in which architects world-wide explored modern forms . The talk will describe the original competition and the involvement of architects from Britain.

 

The talk will also describe the ongoing nature of the research: contributions from those attending the talk, which might serve to  fill gaps in information on missing Architects, will be welcomed. 

George Thomas Kapelos is an architect and professor of architecture at Ryerson University in Toronto Ontario. His research has focused on modernism in Canada. He recently completed a book and exhibition entitled "Competing Modernisms on the impact of the competition on Canadian architectural culture".

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connell, ward and lucas - a talk by sally rendel

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Josef Frank - Forgotten Masters series in association wth the Royal Academy of Arts

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Docomomo members £6, students £6, non-members £10.

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This conversation will bring together an architect and an historian to reflect on the work of Austrian architect Josef Frank and his very distinct approach to Modernism.

Born and educated in Vienna, Josef Frank was one of the key proponents of the Modern Movement in Austria before emigrating to Sweden before the Second World War. Although Frank is best known for his vivid textile designs created for Swedish firm Svenskt Tenn, his architectural work deserves equal consideration.

Clearly inspired by the work of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, Frank questioned the pragmatism that had become so inherent to Modernism as practiced by the likes of Le Corbusier. Instead, his emphasis on comfort and individual personality could be viewed as something that makes the core principles of the movement more accessible to the masses.

In the course of this event, you will hear more about Frank’s architecture and interiors (both realised and fictional) and find out how his philosophy that “a house should reflect its owner and not vice versa” changed the face of Modernist design.

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

weekend study tour Birmingham and the west midlands: tour postponed 

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

Why not join our Working Party? We always need volunteers to help with events and research. Our meetings in Clerkenwell are very sociable, and take place monthly. Drop us a line, below.

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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Most of our monthly events are held in London in the Gallery of ABA, 77 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EJ, very near to Farringdon Station on the Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Thameslink lines. We also arrange walking tours round buildings at risk, as well as two annual foreign trips, usually accompanied by a local specialist.  

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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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