A Tour Led by Roger Stephenson
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

A Tour Led by Roger Stephenson

Tour presented by the Twentieth Century Society, Northwest Group

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Chetham’s School of Music: Daniel Hopkinson (© Daniel Hopkinson

Roger Stephenson is one of the most respected architects working in Manchester today.  His practice has won over 40 national awards and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 1998 for the Quay Bar, Castlefield and again in 2013 for Chetham’s. 

Starting at the award-winning extension to Chetham’s and the Stoller Hall, the city’s newest space for the performing arts, the tour then goes on to an apartment conversion of the Grade 11 listed Finlay’s Warehouse in the Northern Quarter.  Stephenson is justly acclaimed for his meticulous approach to design and construction and the sensitivity with which he relates progressive new build to its context.  Focussing on a major educational/cultural project in the city centre, this is a rare opportunity to share his insight into his own work. 

Early booking is essential. 

To reserve a place email Barry Clark: books@chorlton21.co.uk 

Charge £5 (no concessions); pay on the day.  Open to C20 members and non-members.

Meet 10.00 at the Chetham’s School Gatehouse on Long Millgate.  This the main entrance, at the security gate opposite the lower end of the National Football Museum.  The walk to Finlay’s Warehouse takes 15 – 20 minutes.  The tour finishes around 12.30.

For general enquiries only email northwestc20thsociety@hotmail.co.uk

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DESIGN CITY WEEKENDER
Oct
21
to Oct 22

DESIGN CITY WEEKENDER

Once again we'll be at the Manchester Print Fair at the Design City Weekender displaying our wares for all to see. We'll have a selection of Modernist magazines, prints, badges, totes and publications. So, pop in and see us.

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Saturday 21st October 10am-6.30pm
Food & drink open till 9.00pmSunday 22nd October 10am-6pm

UPPER CAMPFIELD MARKET HALL

Liverpool Road, Manchester.

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Manchester Modern Book Launch
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Manchester Modern Book Launch

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Twenty years in the making, followed by a painstaking, exacting and at times frustrating design process..

...and manchester Modern - a book celebrating the city's modernist architecture - is finally about to be unveiled.

Join author Richard Brook with designer Vaseem Bhatti and publisher The Modernist Society to celebrate the launch of manchester Modern.

The project had already been on ice for about 7 years as publishers laughed the pair out of their offices when they proposed a concrete cover - however The Modernist Society took up the challenge.

Masses of print proofs, photos, sketches and mock-ups will be on display to unfold every aspect of the production and design process. Even the music will have a concrete-theme, with the social following the Q&A featuring musique concrète, kindly provided by Conor Thomas of Boomkat.

18.00 arrivals (and bar)

18.30 panel discussion - chaired by Eddy Rhead

19.15 musique concrète from Conor Thomas (Boomkat)

21.00 close

FREE to attend - please RSVP

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Bound Art Book Fair
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Bound Art Book Fair

Book Fair

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The Modernists will be showing off their publications at the:

Bound Art Book Fair 2017

The Whitworth
7th and 8th of October
11am – 5pm. Free

A celebration of artist books from across the U.K and Europe.

The Whitworth will be hosting a selection of contemporary independent publishers alongside artist talks, exhibitions and workshops.


Featured stallholders:

Andrea Allen / Bluecoat / Bronze Age Editions / Catalogue Library / Corridor8 / Desire Press / Dewi Lewis / Dizzy Ink / Fashion Art Direction (MSoA) / Forme / Girlfans / Henry Press / Helena Gregory & co / Tuukka Kaila / Loose Joints / Magma / Mishka Henner / Modernist / Palm* Studios / RRB Books / Snoar Press / Stanley-Barker / Sylvia Waltering / Team Trident Press / Tide Press / Then There Was Us / Village-PPP / We Are Willow


Artist Talks:

Ewen Spencer in conversation.

Peter Mitchell showcasing his work on a slide projector.

Loose Joints hosts a book design talk alongside portfolio reviews.

Jason Evans, The Photobook: Another History


Additional:

Riso bookmaking workshop led by Team Trident Press.

We will have decks setup and the weekend will be soundtracked by the stallholders.

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St. Marks Broomhill & Trinity United Reform Church - Heritage Open Day
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

St. Marks Broomhill & Trinity United Reform Church - Heritage Open Day

Informal meet-up

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Modernist Friends. This coming Saturday, 9th September, is a Heritage Open Day and some of us are going together to look at St Mark's Broomhill and the Trinity United Reform Church on Ecclesall Road. You are very warmly invited to come join us.

We will meet at St Mark's at 1pm have a look round and then walk down through the Botanical Gardens (20 minutes downhill) to the URC 'Concrete Church' where there is a talk at 2.30. Then we'll go for a sociable drink, probably in The Lescar on Sharrow Vale Rd (which although not Modernist does have nice deco features). Maybe a bag of chips from Two Steps... (timeless).

St Mark's is set back from Glossop Rd just above the Hallamshire Hospital with pedestrian access from St Mark's Crescent or Beech Hill Rd. Closest bus stop is the 120 at the Hallamshire Hospital, a few minutes walk. There is no easy parking.

Any queries or bright ideas, do shout. Look forward to seeing you! I'll be toting a Sheffield Modernist Society tote bag just in case you need help spotting us.

Free event to attend.

Sue Cook

 
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A New Cathedral
Jul
27
to Sep 10

A New Cathedral

A New Cathedral, 1960: Designs from the architectural competition for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

 

A new exhibition showcasing unrealised designs for Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral will open in the city this summer. Taking place as part of the cathedral’s golden jubilee celebrations, the exhibition will include newly commissioned physical models of some of the key proposals. The 1960 competition to design Liverpool’s Roman Catholic cathedral (pictured above) attracted huge attention with 299 entries submitted from around the world. Architects were invited to design a cathedral for Liverpool which would relate to the existing Crypt, be capable of construction within five years and cost no more than £1 million for its shell. Of the 299 entries, Sir Frederick Gibberd’s design was chosen, and building began in October 1962. Less than five years later, on the Feast of Pentecost, 14 May 1967, the completed cathedral was consecrated.

‘A New Cathedral, 1960: Designs from the architectural competition for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’, which has been curated by Dominic Wilkinson of the Liverpool Modernist Society and Liverpool John Moores University, will be located within the main entrance porch of the cathedral from 27 July until 10 September.

 
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From Boom to Best
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

From Boom to Best

Thursday Late at The Whitworth

From Boom to Best - fashion, art, culture and music in Manchester.

Join The Modernist Society on a virtual walking tour in and around King Street. Exploring places and personalities that have shaped Manchester's cultural scene in the last 50 years.

We will 'meet' such people as Ozzie Clark, Celia Birtwell, David Mellor, Terence Conran, Vidal Sassoon and George Best (amongst others)

This will be an informal panel discussion and Eddy Rhead of The Modernist Society will be joined by Dr Susan Atkin - Programme Leader of Fashion at Manchester School of Art, Phil Griffin - writer and curator and Frances Pritchard - Curator of Textiles at The Whitworth.

The Whitworth, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

Free - just turn up

 
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Tom Dyckhoff in Conversation
Jul
6
6:30 PM18:30

Tom Dyckhoff in Conversation

Waterstones Deansgate and the Manchester Modernist Society are delighted to welcome Tom Dyckhoff to the store to discuss his most recent book, The Age of Spectacle.

Join us on Thursday 6th July at 6:30pm when Tom will be in conversation with Eddy Rhead from the Manchester Modernist Society, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his books.

In The Age of Spectacle, Tom Dyckhoff tells the story of how architecture became obsessed with the flashy, the monumental and the ostentatious - and how we all have to live with the consequences. Exploring cityscapes from New York to Beijing, and from Bilbao to Portsmouth, Dyckhoff shows that we are not just witnessing a new kind of building: we are living through a fundamental transformation in how our urban spaces work.

Tickets are £3, redeemable against a copy of The Age of Spectacle and for more information, email events.manchester@waterstones.com or tweet us @waterstonesm

Tickets £3.00

When: Thursday 6th July at 6.30pm

Venue: Waterstones, Deansgate Manchester.


We look forward to seeing you there!

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Birmingham -Talk: Jones the Planner : From Municipal Enterprise
Jul
4
6:00 PM18:00

Birmingham -Talk: Jones the Planner : From Municipal Enterprise

Talk

Birmingham Modernist Society present: The author and bloggers Jones the Planner will present an illustrated talk about the historical and contemporary dynamics of planning in Birmingham.


Adrian Jones is an urban designer, formerly Director of Planning and Transport for the City of Nottingham and member of CABE’s national Design Review Panel.
Chris Matthews is a local historian and lecturer in graphic design at Lincoln University.
 

Tickets: £5 full / £4 modernists & concs

When: Tuesday 4th July at 6.00pm

Venue: Nest Gallery, 321 Bradford Street, Birmingham B5 6ET.

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GM10 Bus tour -part 2
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

GM10 Bus tour -part 2

The Modernist Society and Manchester Metropolitan University present: GM10

Not quite a mystery tour - we just don't know where we're going yet.

Two modernist architecture bus tours of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester visiting five selected buildings in the first and then second five boroughs.We are now accepting public suggestions for landmark 20th Century buildings in each of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester via https://gm-10.org/. These ten buildings will then form the basis of two bus tours (five buildings in each tour) across the ten boroughs in May and June 2017.

Part 1 of the tour will be taking place on 27th May. Part 2 of the tour will be taking place on 24th June. Please book tickets for each tour separately.

Tour Bus departs Grosvenor Square, All Saints (outside Manchester School of Art)

GM10 part two from central Manchester Book here: From £10.00 – 24 June 2017

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Birmingham : Barnabas Calder - On Raw Concrete
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Birmingham : Barnabas Calder - On Raw Concrete

Talk

Birmingham Modernist Society present: Barnabas Calder, author of ‘Raw Concrete: The Beauty of Brutalism’ and lecturer in architecture at the university of Liverpool, joins the Birmingham modernist society to discuss his work. Calder makes a bold claim that Brutalism is the best architecture there has ever been, and perhaps the best there will ever be. This at a time when Birmingham’s ‘big boned’ urbanism, once at the frontier of the modern city, is being gradually eroded.

Tickets: £5 full / £4 modernists & concs

When: Tuesday 20th June at 6.00pm 

Venue: Nest Gallery, 321 Bradford Street, Birmingham B5 6ET.

 
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Outskirts: An evening with John Grindrod
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

Outskirts: An evening with John Grindrod

Waterstones Manchester Deansgate and The Manchester Modernist Society are delighted to welcome John Grindrod to the city for the release of his much anticipated book, Outskirts. 

Join us on Wednesday 7th June, at 6:30pm when we'll be joined by The Manchester Modernist Society in welcoming John to the store. Tickets are £3, which is redeemable off a copy of Outskirts on the night. 

John will be in conversation with Eddy Rhead, from the Modernist Society, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his books. 

For more information, email events.manchester@waterstones.com or tweet us @waterstonesmcr

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets £3.00

 

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GM10 Bus Tour - part 1
May
27
10:00 AM10:00

GM10 Bus Tour - part 1

The Modernist Society and Manchester Metropolitan University present: GM10

Not quite a mystery tour - we just don't know where we're going yet.

Two modernist architecture bus tours of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester visiting five selected buildings in the first and then second five boroughs.We are now accepting public suggestions for landmark 20th Century buildings in each of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester via https://gm-10.org/. These ten buildings will then form the basis of two bus tours (five buildings in each tour) across the ten boroughs in May and June 2017.

Part 1 of the tour will be taking place on 27th May. Part 2 of the tour will be taking place on 24th June. Please book tickets for each tour separately.

Tour Bus departs Grosvenor Square, All Saints (outside Manchester School of Art)

GM10 part one from central Manchester Book here: From £10.00 – 27 May 2017

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Brutalist Liverpool: a walking tour
May
13
10:30 AM10:30

Brutalist Liverpool: a walking tour

Presented by the Bluecoat and led by The Modernist Society, this walking tour charts Liverpool architecture’s long history of using concrete as a construction material, from the pre-cast concrete of the Liver Building (1911) to the ‘brutalism’ of the Metropolitan Cathedral (1967) and beyond.

This tour will start at the Liver Building.

Tickets: £5/£4

This event has been programmed to accompany Bluecoat's presentation of Pierre Henry: The Liverpool Mass at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedreal on Sat 13 May, 7.30pm. To find out more about this event please click here.

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20th Century Society NW group : Herbert Rowse and Jazz Age Liverpool
May
6
10:30 AM10:30

20th Century Society NW group : Herbert Rowse and Jazz Age Liverpool

Liverpool is famed for its late 18th and 19th century architecture but of equal merit and much less well-known, are the achievements of its architects during the 1920s and 1930s, In particular the work of Herbert Rowse who is our hero of the day.  Rowse (1887-1963) was responsible for many of the buildings associated with one of the major public works project of the period, the Queensway Tunnel, as well as the recently restored Dudokian Philharmonic Hall and the India Buildings, notable for its stylish ground floor arcade. His 1932 Woodside ventilation tower built in Flemish-style ornate brick, was justly described by Gavin Stamp as one of the best C20 buildings in England.   

The tour will venture across the Mersey to Birkenhead, returning via the Queensway Tunnel to Lime Street to see Lionel Budden’s Grade 1 listed Cenotaph with its masterly panels by H. Tyson Smith. Perhaps reflecting its status as a great port city, many of the buildings we will visit display a particularly American influenced version of Art Deco, emphasising scale and gritty dynamism.  A day to ‘aRowse’ our enthusiasm for Liverpool’s inter-war School of Architecture! 

Meet 10.30 in Lime Street station by the bronze statues of Ken Dodd and Bessie Braddock (Tom Murphy, 2009), opposite platforms 8 and 9. We will end the tour at Lime Street at about 16.00/16.30. 

NB This is a C20th Society tour - all bookings and information via: northwestc20thsociety@hotmail.co.uk

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Liverpool Futurist: grandeur and frustration
May
4
6:30 PM18:30

Liverpool Futurist: grandeur and frustration

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Liverpool Modernist Society present: Jones The Planner lecture.

Liverpool Futurist, part of a journey through the Cities of the North for a book of the same name by Adrian Jones and Chris Mathews better known as Jones the Planner.

Through their books and blogs they explore the great post-industrial metropolises of Northern England including Liverpool:

“Certainly Liverpool is the grandest of the Northern cities but it is also the most inscrutable and the most frustrating. Here the disparity between past glory and present reality, between its potential and the banality of the actual outcomes in the built environment, are at their most extreme. In many ways Liverpool is less a Northern city than a World city.”

Come along to their talk on Thursday 4th May at 6.30 in LJMU Art & Design Academy.

Free to LJMU students & staff

Tickets: £5/4

Venue: LJMU Art and Design academy lecture room 1

Date: Thursday 4th May at 6.30

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GALT, GAMES & GARLAND EXHIBITION & MODERNIST MAGAZINE LAUNCH
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

GALT, GAMES & GARLAND EXHIBITION & MODERNIST MAGAZINE LAUNCH

Exhibition & Magazine Launch

You are invited to the launch of GALT, GAMES & GARLAND our exhibition of our GALT toys, games and puzzles - designed and produced by James Galt and Co.Ltd in the 1960s and 70s.

The evening will also be the launch of GAMES, issue 22 of The Modernist magazine- The Modernist is a magazine about 20th Century architecture & design published in Manchester by The Modernist Society.

 

Based in Manchester, Galt revolutionised the nature of play in Britain, employing Ken Garland Associates to rebrand, package and produce an innovative product range, based on new modernist and educational principles. 

This is the first ever major retrospective of Galt's achievements, displaying over sixty varied examples, collected by the curators, along with catalogues, books and other artefacts and ephemera. 

Everyday modernism, new ideas for a new world from Bauhaus to your house

Exhibition: Devised and curated by Natalie Ainscough & Stephen Marland

VenueCentral Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD (1st Floor)

Date: 12.04.2017 at 6.00pm

Catalogue: available here - while stocks last

 
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Manchester Print Fair
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Manchester Print Fair

Print Fair

Once again we'll be mongering our wares at the excellent Manchester Print Fair. This time in the auspicious surroundings of the Manchester Central Library.

We'll have some very special new things to show you including a brand new issue of The Modernist themed GAMES.. you can also pop upstairs at the Library to see our exhibition focussing on the 1960 toys and games of the Cheadle based toy manufacturer GALT.

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Galt, Games & Garland
Apr
4
to May 27

Galt, Games & Garland

Exhibition

The Manchester Modernist Society are proud to present an exhibition of GALT toys, games and puzzles - designed and produced by James Galt and Co.Ltd in the 1960s and 70s.

Based in Manchester, Galt revolutionised the nature of play in Britain, employing Ken Garland Associates to rebrand, package and produce an innovative product range, based on new modernist and educational principles. 

Collaborative, non gender specific, graphically bold, brightly coloured, durable and fun - Fizzog, Octons, Montage and Connect were fresh and exciting in their use of high quality illustration and simple geometric design. A stripped back sans serif logo and crisp Swiss typography added to the modern feel of the brand. Widely distributed through a mail order catalogue they were a familiar sight in thousands of schools, and now some fifty years later, evoking fond memories for the generations of children and parents that played with them.

This is the first ever major retrospective of Galt's achievements, displaying over sixty varied examples, collected by the curators, along with catalogues, books and other artefacts and ephemera. 

Everyday modernism, new ideas for a new world from Bauhaus to your house

Exhibition: Devised and curated by Natalie Ainscough & Stephen Marland

Venue: Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Catalogue: available here - while stocks last

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Wake-Up Call : Andrew Jackson
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Wake-Up Call : Andrew Jackson

Exhibition Launch

For those who could afford it, Sheffield’s Trusthouse Forte hotels were the only places to stay and be seen- David Bowie, no less, would supposedly always insist on staying at the Hallam Tower when visiting the city. With the Hallam Tower now mainly occupied by pigeons and urban explorers and Grosvenor House being very publicly flattened, urbanist Andrew Jackson’s new exhibition Wake-Up Call checks you in at the Bank Street Hotel for a remembrance of these lost futures and a slowly-vanishing Sheffield.

Consisting of two very different representations of each hotel in their varying states of demolition, one paused and one in progress, Wake-Up Call opens on 22nd March. The show will be one of six exhibitions that you’ll be able to see in an open event that’s taking place on Friday 31st March from 6pm.

Open evening event: Friday 31st March from 6pm | Free admission

Exhibition continues: 22nd March- 1st April

Venue: Bank Street Arts, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield, S1 2DS

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tom keeley: birmingham - the architecture of two ecologies
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

tom keeley: birmingham - the architecture of two ecologies

Talk

tom keeley:
birmingham: the architecture of two ecologies


‘[Birmingham] has beautiful (if man-made) sunsets.’
Miles: International Times, 14 March 1969

Tom Keeley’s work takes Reyner Banham’s 1971 book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, and re-situates it forty-four years later in Birmingham, England. It engages with Banham’s text in both form and method from a number of different positions; inserting, as Anthony Vidler described in his appraisal of Banham in Los Angeles, “one into the other in a kind of montage.”

Tom is an architectural historian working between architecture, geography, landscape and culture through writing, situated research, and printed matter. Keeley studied landscape architecture at the University of Sheffield, before gaining an MA in architectural history from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

He holds Associate Lecturer positions at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Central Saint Martins, Kingston University, and Birmingham City University; and has previously worked for organisations including The Architecture Foundation (London, UK), and Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York, USA). His work is held in the collections of the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the School of Architecture Library at Princeton University.

This talk is cohosted with birmingham students of architecture society, BSAS, at birmingham school of architecture and design, birmingham city university.

 

http://www.tom-keeley.com

Venue: Parkside BCU

Date: Monday 20th March 2016 at 6.00pm

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Barbara Brown: A special invitation...
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Barbara Brown: A special invitation...

Private View

In partnership with Design Manchester and the Friends of the Whitworth, we invite you to a very special Private View.

Barbara Brown was the golden girl of Heal Fabrics in the 1960s and early 1970s. Talent-spotted as a student, her designs for furnishing fabrics are some of the most striking and unusual ever produced in the 20th century and won awards from the Council of Industrial Design. This is the first major solo exhibition of her work in the UK.

Thursday, March 16, 2017: 6.00-8.00pm 

Venue: The Whitworth
Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

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Feb
23
5:45 PM17:45

Drawing the Modern: A viewing of the student work of Gordon Hodkinson

MMU Special Collections, Thursday 23rd February, 5.45pm

In Manchester in the middle of the twentieth century there were two schools of architecture. One was based at Owens College (The University of Manchester) and another at the College of Art - the Municipal School. At the Municipal School, under the direction of Douglas Jones, modernism was central to teaching and design in architecture. Gordon Hodkinson was a student between 1944 and 1951 and has recently donated his entire set of student drawings to Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.

After graduation Gordon went on to work for Cruickshank & Seward where he was project architect for some of their best known work, under the direction of partner William Arthur Gibbon. Gordon designed the infinitely fine staircases at Renold House in Wythenshawe and set out the sweeping curves of the roof top plant room on the Renold Building at UMIST. Gibbon trained at Owens in classics and vernacular studies and in some senses one might view their association as the coming together of two schools; Gibbon’s sense of proportion never left him and Hodkinson’s technically informed modernism flowered in some of the finest mid-century buildings in Manchester.

In advance of a full exhibition of Gordon Hodkinson’s work (scheduled for September 2018) and in collaboration with MMU Special Collections we are hosting a small table-top viewing of some of Gordon’s drawings.

A selection of projects, from day designs to thesis schemes will be presented and Richard Brook, who has spent many hours with Gordon, will talk about the teaching and practice of modern architecture at the school and in the city during the 1940s and '50s.

Due to the nature of the space and the artefacts this event is limited to 20 places.

Members & Concs £4.00 / Non-members £5.00

Venue: MMU Special Collections Gallery,
3rd Floor,Sir Kenneth Green Library , All Saints Park, Manchester M15 6BH

 
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Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

John Grindrod in Sheffield

Talk

Join John Grindrod author of CONCRETOPIA and publisher of Dirty Modern Scoundrel for his talk on Ten Buildings that Changed Postwar Britain.

How did blitzed, slum-ridden and crumbling 'austerity Britain' became, in a few short years, a space-age world of concrete, steel and glass? Discover the story of Britan's postwar rebuilding in this whistle-stop tour of ten extraordinary, brilliant or downright bizarre buildings that represent the story of this turbulent period of our history, from 1945 to 1979.

Travel from the days of prefabs and the birth of the Welfare State through to the concrete brutalism and ambitious plans that changed towns and cities up and down the country. John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia, a witty and revealing history of our postwar rebuilding, described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain.'

This event is free to attend but please register here.

Venue: Arts Tower, Bolsover Street, Sheffield, S3 7NA

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Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

Downtown is for People

Exhibition / Private View 6–9pm

Downtown is for People

K4 Architects 122 Fazeley Street Digbeth Birmingham B5 5RS

K4 Architects hosts The Modern Gazetteer, a Co.Lab project operating across the Schools of Architecture and Design and of Art at Birmingham City University. Seen from our studio window weekdays from 9am until 6pm, we present a critical visual exploration of some of Birmingham’s lost spaces.

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Feb
2
6:30 PM18:30

John Grindrod in Liverpool

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Talk

Join John Grindrod author of CONCRETOPIA and publisher of Dirty Modern Scoundrel for his talk on Ten Buildings that Changed Postwar Britain.

How did blitzed, slum-ridden and crumbling 'austerity Britain' became, in a few short years, a space-age world of concrete, steel and glass? Discover the story of Britan's postwar rebuilding in this whistle-stop tour of ten extraordinary, brilliant or downright bizarre buildings that represent the story of this turbulent period of our history, from 1945 to 1979. Travel from the days of prefabs and the birth of the Welfare State through to the concrete brutalism and ambitious plans that changed towns and cities up and down the country. John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia, a witty and revealing history of our postwar rebuilding, described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain.'

Tickets: £5 non members. £4 Modernist Society members and concessions.

LJMU Students & staff - free to attend but due to capacity must register here.

Venue: Lecture room 1, Art and Design Academy Mount Pleasant Liverpool L3 5RD

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