The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure
Feb
14
to Feb 16

The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

Conference, Keynote Address and Field Visit

Manchester School of Architecture in collaboration with The Modernist Society

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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In the post-war period large-scale infrastructural projects were built to match prevailing cultures, economic and political demands. The physically engineered landscapes that were produced signposted the rapid socio-economic and technological development following the cessation of conflict. The effect of such unprecedented and widespread infrastructural projects on both rural and urban landscapes was comparable to the impact of the industrial revolution in the UK. 

The scope of the work not only impacted on the physical landscape, but also the collaborative roles of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and planning professionals. Co-operation and co-production were key in the British context and this mode of working informed new ideas and methods which in turn produced exceptional landscape compositions.

This multi-disciplinary conference and accompanying keynote event, supported by the Paul Mellon Centre, in collaboration with The Modernist Society, and hosted at the Manchester School of Architecture, will explore the relationships between landscape and architectural design in the production of infrastructure. Over four sessions examining Power, Roads, Urban Infrastructure and Transnational Infrastructure, speakers will explore the form, type, material, topography, composition and the relationships of these topics with the socio-cultural, political and economic settings of the post-war period. 

Tickets can be purchased for all events separately, or there is also a combined ticket.

Conference full abstracts will be uploaded here in the coming weeks...

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The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

Keynote Address 

Thursday 14th February 2019, 17.30-19.30

BZ403, 4th Floor, Benzie Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

 

Elain Harwood (Historic England)

Hal Moggridge (founding partner of Colvin & Moggridge; former Professor of Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University; past President of the Landscape Institute and commissioner of the Royal Fine Art Commission)

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The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

Conference

Friday 15th February 2019, 09.00-17.30

BZ403, 4th Floor, Benzie Building, Manchester Metropolitan University

 

Session 1 – Power  

Chair – Dr. Martin Dodge (Manchester)

Juliana Kei – Pylon-Spotting in Architectural Magazines c.1950

Linda Ross – Post-war planning in the nuclear north, 1954-63

Laura Coucill – Magnox: the Legacy of the CEGB

Luca Csepely-Knorr – Landscapes of coal as ‘third nature’

 

Session 2 – Roads

Chair – Bruno Notteboom (KU Leuven)

Megan McHugh - National Identity, Landscape and the Early Motorway in England

Peter Merriman – Motorway modern: landscape architecture, movement and the aesthetics of roads in post-war Britain

Richard Brook – Scammonden: Landscape Co-production in the Motorway Age

 

Session 3 – Urban Infrastructures

Chair – Prof. Nick Dunn (Lancaster)

Wendy Tippett - Cumberland Basin Bridges and Ashton Gate Junction, Bristol 

Mike Dring - Wavy Concrete Panels - Cultural Anchors in the Post-War Urban Landscape

Janina Gosseye – Multimodal/Multifunctional Megastructures Reimagining Flows and Nodes in Post-war British New Towns 

 

Session 4 - Transnational Infrastructure

Chair – Prof. Stephen Graham (Newcastle)

Gary Boyd - Infrastructure in the making of modern Ireland

Neta Feniger and Roy Kozlovsky – The influence of Sir Colin Buchanan on the planning of Tel Aviv 

Awni Kirti Patni – Landscapes of dams in (independent) India 

(Refreshments and lunch will be included in the conference fee.)

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The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

Field Visit

Saturday 16th February 2019, 09.00-17.30

Meet outside Manchester School of Art, Benzie Building, Boundary St. West

The field visit will take us by coach to Heysham 2 nuclear power station, designed by Powell and Moya and opened in 1981. We will also take in the sights of Forton (Lancaster) Services on the M6 and a few other Lancastrian infrastructural gems. Ticket sales will close 15th January 2019 to enable security protocols for rare access to this site. (NB. lunch is not provided, so please bring your own.)

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Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

LAUNCH OF THE MODERNIST 29 : INVENTORY + FILM SCREENING OF BRASILIA - LIFE AFTER DESIGN

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As we enter our 8th year of The Modernist magazine we are having a change of designer and a change of format. We say goodbye to long time collaborator Jonathan Hitchen and say hello to birthday + Rueville. We have also invited guest editors to take the reigns for the next 4 issues so that should add a new perspective to the content along with the new design format.

To celebrate the release of The Modernist 29 INVENTORY we are happy to be showing the documentary Brasilia - Life After Design This film sold out when it was recently shown at HOME in Manchester so we are giving you another chance to catch this lovely film , which follows the lives of some of the inhabitants of Brasilia and how living in a supposed Modernist utopia differs from living in any other city.

The INVENTORY launch and Brasilia - Life After Design film showing will be at WeWork, 1 St Peters Sq, M2 3DE on Thursday 6th December 6 until 8pm.

Tickets are £3 Full Price or £2 for Modernist members and concessions

Book TICKETS here

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Move to a New Town!
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Move to a New Town!

Screening

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Are you looking for a new home? A new job? A new life? In Move to a New Town! you will be presented with a rare opportunity to find out how Development Corporations promoted new town living to potential new residents via a series of short-films from the Northwest Film Archive and Liverpool Record Office. The New Towns were a key urban policy that shaped post-war Britain. There will be short introductions followed by the screening of select archival films that were designed to encourage people to move to these bold experiments in urban and social planning (featuring Skelmersdale, Runcorn, Central Lancashire).

18.30 Arrival and introduction

19.00 Archive Films:

- Welcoming Towns (1968)

- Prospect of Skelmersdale (1971)

- An Old Wives Tale (1971)

This event has been organised by Hannah Neate and Steve Millington (MMU Human Geography) in conjunction with the North West Film Archive, Liverpool Record Office and The Modernist Society.

The event is free to attend as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science

Register here

Venue: 70 Oxford Street, Manchester (former Cornerhouse building)

The 16th annual ESRC Festival of Social Science takes place from 3—10 November 2018 with over 300 free events nationwide. Run by the Economic and Social Research Council, the festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet some of the country’s leading social scientists to discover, discuss and debate how research affects their lives. With a range of creative and engaging events going on across the UK, there’s something for everyone including businesses, charities, schools and government agencies. The full programme is available at: esrc.ukri.org/festival

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Life of Buildings : Launch
Oct
31
5:30 PM17:30

Life of Buildings : Launch

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Life of Buildings

Website and Virtual Reality Experience - Launch Event

Manchester Reform Synagogue, Jacksons Row, M2 5NH
For several months researchers, led by Manchester School of Architecture, have been working with Jacksons Row Synagogue and Archives+ to make a digital record of the building, to collect memories, images and films and to combine them into a virtual reality experience. Join them to hear about the project, experience the VR using a headset, and for an extremely rare glimpse inside Manchester’s first post-war building and only city centre synagogue

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Visitors will be able to navigate the building in real and virtual ways. The team will be on hand to help guests using VR headsets encounter the history of the building as well as its digital record. Then visitors will be free to encounter one of Manchester's best kept secrets - the fine interior of this building from 1953. The synagogue was designed by Peter Cummings and Eric Levy, both members of the Reform congregation. Cummings was also involved in the design of Appleby Lodge (1939) in Rusholme and was the architect for the Cornerhouse Cinema (1935) and Apollo Theatre (1938) in Ardwick Green.


Free to attend

Those who wish to attend MUST REGISTER here via Eventbrite, guests must print their ticket and bring it to the event along with some ID.


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Sheffield Modern : architecture weekender
Oct
26
to Oct 28

Sheffield Modern : architecture weekender

Sheffield Modernist Society is excited to be working alongside Our Favourite Places to bring you Sheffield Modern.

Faded social housing utopias and fortress-like electricity substations. Iconic theatres and university tower blocks, all concrete and breeze blocks and glass. Pioneering post-war civic buildings, long-since demolished and to many sorely missed. Sheffield's experiments in modern architecture have played a significant role in defining the skyline and character of the city. This October, the first Sheffield Modern will celebrate this heritage of post-war architecture with a programme of talks, walks, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops and more.

Taking place over 26-28 October, the weekender aims to open up conversations about modern architecture in Sheffield – its merits as well as its minefields. It'll look at the past and present of the city's public realm, and get people thinking about the shape of Sheffield in new ways.

Following a very special launch event (details coming soon) there'll be an evening bike ride to modernist landmarks, talks hosted by the Sheffield Modernist Society held within the beautiful 1950s interior of Victoria Hall, tours behind the scenes at the Crucible, workshops for kids (big and small) to create their own cityscapes from cardboard or Lego, and much more.

Events will be announced from 10th September onwards.

Currently on sale:
FRIDAY

Friday Night Ride - cycling through Sheffield Modern

Sheffield Modern in C – revolutionary music in a revolving paternoster

SATURDAY
Modernists in Conversation – a day of talks on Sheffield's built environment

Backstage at the Crucible – a peek behind the scenes at the inner workings of the iconic 1970s theatre

Sheffield Drift - In the spirit of the flâneur…

Fantastical Cities – construct a fantasy cityscape from cardboard and Lego

SUNDAY

Brasilia: Life after design (plus shorts) - feature-length documentary will be screened alongside two short films on modernist architecture in Sheffield

Park Hil Photo Walk - 11.00am: Grab your camera and join professional photographer and card-carrying urbanist Stephen Marland for a walk around the grounds of mid-regeneration 1960s Park Hill.

Park Hill Photo Walk - 1.00pm: due to popular demand!

Come back in soon for more event announcements.

#SheffieldModern

Sheffield Modern is organised by Our Favourite Places.

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LEEDS MODERNIST SOCIETY LAUNCH | SHIPS IN THE SKY
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

LEEDS MODERNIST SOCIETY LAUNCH | SHIPS IN THE SKY

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Colours May VarytheCV and The Modernist Society present Ships In The Sky, a live Q and A with film-maker Esther Johnson and Twitter Mistress Leigh Bird who will be discussing their social history film and exhibition project about Alan Boyson's murals for the Hull Co-operative Department Store and the campaign to save them.

This is a launch event for the Leeds Chapter of The Modernist Society. On the night, there will be an opportunity to become part of the conversationabout the past, present and future of Modernism in Leeds by declaring an interest and signing up.

The event is FREE, but booking via Eventbrite is essential. Donations are welcome (suggested contribution £3).

LOCATION: Colours May Vary, Munro House, Duke Street, Leeds, LS9 8AG

Twitter: @modernistsocLDS

Instagram: leedsmodernist

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Tour: An education in concrete: The built works of Gordon Hodkinson
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Tour: An education in concrete: The built works of Gordon Hodkinson

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Tour

Manchester Modernist Society present: An education in concrete: The built works of Gordon Hodkinson

In tandem with an exhibition of the drawings of Gordon Hodkinson at MMU Special Collections, Dr. Richard Brook will lead a walking tour of some of Manchester’s university buildings that Gordon had a hand in designing during the 1960s, whilst he worked for Cruickshank & Seward.

We will visit the university first, then the former UMIST Campus and conclude our tour with a viewing of Gordon's student drawings and some selected material from the Cruickshank & Seward Archive.

Tickets: £3.00

When: Saturday 20th October 11.00am - 12.30

Meet: Oxford Road, outside the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, University of Manchester, M13 9PS

Finishing point: MMU Special Collections exhibition.

Presented in partnership with Design Manchester and MMU Special Collections

This is a ticketed event - please book your place here beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will NOT be issued.)

 
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Manchester Print Fair
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Manchester Print Fair

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Once again, we'll be joining a plethora of creative types and we will all be hawking our wares to fulfil your Christmassy dreams.

This will be your opportunity to come face to face with the Moderrnists, handle our merch and feel the quality of our produce.

We will be releasing our inermost costermonger, so pop along and let us coster our mongers to you.

Venue: The Whitworth

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Bound Art Book Fair
Oct
12
to Oct 14

Bound Art Book Fair

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The Modernists will be showing off our publications at the:

Bound Art Book Fair 2018
Book Fair Preview: Opening party with DJ’s Sofie K (NTS) and Gary Bratchford (Beat Boutique). Refreshments provided

Friday 12th October 5:00pm-9:00pm

The Whitworth

Saturday: 10:30 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:30 – 16:00

Free

Bound Art Book Fair is an annual celebration of artists publishing from the UK and Europe, taking place for the second year at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fair features stalls from independent and artist publishers alongside a free public programme of talks, workshops, music and new commissions. Bound seeks to contribute to and develop networks of engagement extending outside of London, with a specific focus on supporting projects and emerging practices in the North of England.

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Building Brum: Unbuilt Brum
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Building Brum: Unbuilt Brum

Hosted by D5 Architects

Join D5 Architects for a one-night exhibition hosted at their Digbeth studio.

Unbuilt Brum will be an exploration of the city’s unbuilt history that highlights lost projects that form a potential alternative to the built environment we inhabit today, and which celebrates the creativity of the city’s architectural and engineering designers.

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As a collaborative exhibition, the evening will feature a talk from guest speak Mike Dring of Birmingham Modernist Society and Birmingham and Five Counties Architectural Association, who will also be providing content for the exhibition. Additionally, an open call for submissions, will provide a platform for Birmingham practices and practitioners to exhibit their unbuilt projects.

There are no limitations on the type, scale or budget of the project; the only two conditions being that it must have once been a live commission that now has no prospect of future construction, and you must be satisfied that you or your company own the copyright to have the images displayed for the evening. All submissions should be sent to info@d5architects.net and should contain the following:

- Confirmation of copyright ownership.

- Company or individual name.

- Project name.

- Project year.

- A selection of project images.

Free - register here

Date and Time: Thu 20 September 2018 : 18:00 – 21:00

Location: D5 Architects, 71-77 Coventry Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NH

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New Town Utopia
Aug
12
3:30 PM15:30

New Town Utopia

Introduced by our very own Eddy Rhead  - Screening at HOME

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15 Directed by Christopher Ian Smith

New Town Utopia is a documentary feature about utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.

A journey of memory, place and performance guided by the artists, musicians and poets of Basildon. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles they are individuals driven by their creative spirit to improve their community through art, poetry, music… and some rather angry puppets.

New Town Utopia features Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent (Iris, Topsy-Turvy, Moulin Rouge) as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP. Directed by Christopher Ian Smith (citizensmith.net) and Executive Produced by Margaret Matheson (Scum, Sid and Nancy, Sleep Furiously). You can follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter + Instagram by clicking below.

Showing Sun 12 Aug 2018 at 15.30

Tickets and info.

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Manchester's Modern Churches - Bus Tour
Jul
7
10:30 AM10:30

Manchester's Modern Churches - Bus Tour

Bus Tour

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Organised in association with Art and Christianity , this day-long event will take in Modernist churches of the suburbs of Manchester, many of which are overlooked and underappreciated. A special focus will be on recent art commissioned as part of the church. The itinerary will be as follows:

10.30 Meet at Manchester Cathedral
12.15 St Michael and All Angels, Northern Moor
13.00 William Temple Church, Wythenshawe
14.00 Holy Rosary, Limeside Oldham
15.00 All Saints and Martyrs, Middleton

Open to all. Ticket price includes transport between churches.

Tickets £25.00 available here.

Modernists and concs £20.00 available here

Special thanks to Stephen Marland.

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magCulture meets...
Jul
5
6:30 PM18:30

magCulture meets...

Talk

We're off to London to meet the good folk at magCulture..come and join us!

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For July’s edition of magCulture Meets we’re delighted to welcome Eddy Rhead and Jack Hale, two of the founders of Manchester-based quarterly The Modernist. This smart little magazine examines 20th century modernist architecture and design through news, reviews and musings.

Issue 27’s theme is ‘High’ and features everything from Scottish high schools to the sky-high glamour of Concorde. The mag moves from small town America to Rotterdam and Naples eventually leaving earth behind completely and venturing off into the cosmos. As you might expect high buildings are also well represented, with a variety of artists each looking up, in their own very different ways. We’re looking forward to hearing from them at our shop, situated at the base of London’s first council-built tower block.

Inside the issue you’ll find the work of Chris Leslie, acclaimed photographic documenter of Glasgow; Carlos Traspaderne a Spanish photographer who only shoots with film cameras; illustrations by Nick Coupland; a trip up the Rotterdam Euromast with Pieter Kuster and a flight into space with Eddy Rhead.

As ever, the evening will see an illustrated talk followed by an audience Q&A, beers and a chance to browse and buy from the magCulture shelves.

Thursday 5 July
Doors opens at 6.30pm and the talk will kick off at 7pm

Book your ticket here

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Municipal Dreams in Birmingham
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Municipal Dreams in Birmingham

Talk

Urgent, timely and compelling, Municipal Dreams brilliantly brings the national story of housing to life.

In this landmark reappraisal of council housing, historian John Boughton presents an alternative history of Britain. Rooted in the ambition to end slum living, and the ideals of those who would build a new society, Municipal Dreams looks at how the state’s duty to house its people decently became central to our politics. The book makes it clear why that legacy and its promise should be defended.

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Traversing the nation in this comprehensive social, political and architectural history of council housing, Boughton o ers a tour of some of the best and most remarkable of our housing estates – some happily ordinary, some judged notorious. He asks us to understand their complex story and to rethink our prejudices.

His accounts include extraordinary planners and architects who wished to elevate working men and women through design; the competing ideologies that have promoted state housing and condemned it; the economic factors that have always constrained our housing ideals; the crisis wrought by Right to Buy; and the evolving controversies around regeneration. Boughton shows how losing the dream of good housing has weakened our community and hurt its most vulnerable – as was seen most catastrophically in the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Tickets: £3/£4

When: Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at 6.00pm

Venue: Nest Gallery 321 Bradford St, Birmingham

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will not be issued.)

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Mitzi Cunliffe : An American in Manchester
Jun
30
2:30 PM14:30

Mitzi Cunliffe : An American in Manchester

Talk

A talk and conversation to commemorate the centenary of the ‘Sculptor for Architecture

Professor Ann Sumner and Antonia Cunliffe Davis

Ann Sumner will introduce the work of Mitzi Cunliffe, designer of the iconic BAFTA trophy mask, created while the artist was living in Manchester in the 1950s. She will trace her career from her early years in New York, through to her commissions for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and her art works for Liverpool and Leeds universities. 

The city is fortunate to have a number of important works by her including Threshold at Manchester High School for Girls, the Heaton Park Pumping Station relief (Grade II listed), Man and Technics: Fire and the Wheel for Wythenshawe West Secondary Technical School (now Manchester Health Academy) and the dramatic fibreglass Cosmos I wall sculptures at Owens Park, Universityof Manchester. 

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The talk coincides with the installation of a commemorative plaque on the house in Didsbury which was her home and studio (located in the former garage). It was here that she made a remarkable series of sculptures and also designed textiles and ceramics. There has recently been an increased interest in Mitzi Cunliffe’s work, culminating in the inclusion of her work in exhibitions this year in Leeds and Newcastle and the inaugural exhibitor in BAFTA’s Female Firsts. 

The lecture will be followed by an informal discussion between Ann Sumner and the artist’s daughter Antonia, who recalls life while in Manchester and offers a personal perspective on her mother’s achievements as a sculptor.

Professor Ann Sumner is currently researching Cunliffe’s life and work and curated the exhibition on her in Leeds in 2016. Antonia Cunliffe Davis studied architecture and has worked as curator, designer and consultant in the visual arts and design.

Organised bythe Twentieth Century Society, Northwest in collaboration with the Modernist Society. Funded by generous support via Crowdfunder.

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The talk is free and open to all.

Booking is preferred but not essential: register here

When: Saturday 30th June 2018 at 2.30pm

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

Please register your tickets online beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will not be issued.)

This event is presented by:

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PechaKucha Night -  'Magazines + Zines'
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

PechaKucha Night - 'Magazines + Zines'

Event

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PechaKucha Night Manchester Vol. 22 - 'Magazines + Zines'

Our own Eddy Rhead wil be talking at the second Manchester PechaKucha of 2018! 'The evening will celebrate Manchester's awesome magazine zine scene with a variety of speakers all taking the PechaKucha challenge: 20 images, 20 seconds per image, no stopping.'

The event will be at the Bright Building, a new space right in the middle of Manchester Science Park. 'It's our biggest space yet which means we can put on some exciting activities like zine-making with Tender Hands Press and live poster printing with Marc the Printers. We'll also be running a zine exhibition with Saffa Khan and a magazine stall with our friends at Rare Mags.'

Line-up

Information & tickets

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John Grindrod : How to Love Brutalism
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

John Grindrod : How to Love Brutalism

Talk

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How To Love Brutalism

by John Grindrod

It’s time to fall in love with Brutalism. 

In 1948 Le Corbusier chose not to clad the béton brut, or raw concrete his Unite d’habitation was made from, and a new architectural style was born. 70 years on, brutalism, typified by buildings such as the Trellick Tower and The National Theatre in London, remains controversial and divides opinion.

In How to Love Brutalism, John Grindrod shares his fascination for this strange and beguiling style of architecture and explores what it is that makes brutalism worthy of such passions. With never-ending enthusiasm, he takes the reader through the different elements that make brutalism so special: its history and ideals, design and construction; the culture that surrounds it and its global impact; its brief flowering, sudden death and strange afterlife.

Come along as we travel to find hidden brutalist gems around the world, searching out the ruins and the lost brutes. Look beyond the concrete to get to the nitty-gritty – the people behind the buildings, adventures in town planning, and the unlikely fetishization of concrete.

Whether you love Brutalism or are yet to be converted, John Grindrod brings humour, insight and honesty to the subject. 

John Grindrod is the author of Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt and Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain. He has written for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Financial Times, Big Issue and The Modernist. He runs the popular website dirtymodernscoundrel.com and can be found Tweeting at @Grindrod.

How to Love Brutalism is published by Batsford.

Tickets: £4 full / £3 modernists & concs

When: Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 6.30pm

Venue: OGS Works (Old Granada Studios) ***NB entrance via the Security Lodge on Quay Street.***

This is a ticketed event - please book your place online beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will not be issued.)

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MAGICAL MODERNIST BUS TOUR OF SALFORD WITH NOT QUITE LIGHT
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

MAGICAL MODERNIST BUS TOUR OF SALFORD WITH NOT QUITE LIGHT

Bus Tour

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GUIDED BUS TOUR OF SALFORD ARCHITECTURE WITH NOT QUITE LIGHT

Salford’s architctural heritage is eclectic, to say the least. It’s not just Victorian mills and terraced housing, or shiny new development.

This guided tour on a double decker bus,  hosted by Eddy Rhead and Not Quite Light, will take you on a fascinating route through Salford’s modernist architectural history, including stop offs at Salford Precinct, Broughton Baths and Strangeways. The tour will end with a short walk around the Strangeways area.

The tour will last for approximately two hours, and will finish in time for those wishing to attend the event ‘The Changing Face Of Salford’

Tickets: £10/£8 concs

When: Saturday 19th May, 11am

Where: Meet Greengate Square, M3 5AS

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Municipal Dreams in Manchester
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Municipal Dreams in Manchester

Talk

Urgent, timely and compelling, Municipal Dreams brilliantly brings the national story of housing to life.

In this landmark reappraisal of council housing, historian John Boughton presents an alternative history of Britain. Rooted in the ambition to end slum living, and the ideals of those who would build a new society, Municipal Dreams looks at how the state’s duty to house its people decently became central to our politics. The book makes it clear why that legacy and its promise should be defended.

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Traversing the nation in this comprehensive social, political and architectural history of council housing, Boughton o ers a tour of some of the best and most remarkable of our housing estates – some happily ordinary, some judged notorious. He asks us to understand their complex story and to rethink our prejudices.

His accounts include extraordinary planners and architects who wished to elevate working men and women through design; the competing ideologies that have promoted state housing and condemned it; the economic factors that have always constrained our housing ideals; the crisis wrought by Right to Buy; and the evolving controversies around regeneration. Boughton shows how losing the dream of good housing has weakened our community and hurt its most vulnerable – as was seen most catastrophically in the fire at Grenfell Tower.

***This event is now sold out / fully booked***

When: Thursday 3rd May 2018 at 6.00pm

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, 70 Oxford Street (the former Cornerhouse), Manchester. M1 5NH

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will not be issued.)

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A C20 Society Northwest Tour:  Manchester City Centre: Architecture Between the Wars
Apr
28
10:30 AM10:30

A C20 Society Northwest Tour: Manchester City Centre: Architecture Between the Wars

Walk/Tour

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***This tour is now sold out / fully booked***

If you have booked a place but are not able to attend, please email C20NW@ outlook.com so we can offer it to someone else. 

Manchester’s cotton trade was a world leader in 1911, but a decade later, it began a period of decline. Despite the consequences of this and the world depression that followed into the 1930s, some of Manchester’s most remarkable buildings were constructed during this time.  Indeed, ‘…there was still considerable wealth in the city and in the period between the two world wars, Manchester erected some of its most notable, and expensive, buildings.’

Scale and lavish materials were distinguishing features. Innovative construction methods were combined with quality stone facing to give an impression of permanence and solidity, yet often reflecting something of Art Deco and the Jazz Age in detailing. Towards the end of the period, architects began to use materials like glass and Vitrolite in new ways so that overall, architecture in Manchester between the wars is marked by a fascinating eclecticism.

Our morning tour will start in the shadow of the First World War, at C. S. Jagger’s powerful memorial in the lobby of the present-day Britannia Hotel. We will explore the Northern Quarter and the area around Shude Hill/Victoria station before heading up Bridge Street. There will be quite a few familiar landmarks but you can also expect to  see some not so well-known buildings, like the Co-operative Wholesale Society offices on Dantzic Street, noted for their highly characterful brickwork.  

Meet

Meet 10.30 am in the foyer of the Britannia Hotel, Portland Street (formerly Watts Warehouses, 1855-58).  The hotel is adjacent to Piccadilly Gardens and about ten minutes walk from Piccadilly station.  We expect to finish around 1.00 pm at the magnificent former Midland Bank on King Street – now Jamie’s Italian restaurant. Walking is generally on the level. 

Booking

  • The fee for the tour is £5 (no concessions). Pay on the day, cash only. Numbers are limited so booking recommended but not essential.  
  • To reserve a place email C20NW@outlook.com  Emails will be acknowledged.  

Open to all, C20 members and non-members.  

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Apr
26
6:15 PM18:15

Brasilia – Life After Design at the East End Film festival

Film and discussion

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Director: Bart Simpson

Country: Canada/UK

Running Time: 88′

London Premiere

Year: 2017

Post film discussion chaired by our very own Eddy Rhead. The panel will discuss the film, the legacy and future of Brasilia and modernist projects in Brazil, the UK and beyond. 

With The Barbican, Robin Hood Gardens and Thamesmead, East London is home to some of the great modernist architectural projects of the 20th Century. Perhaps no project however quite rivals the scale of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasília: a utopia in the desert designed to birth “the new Brazilian citizen”. Accompanied by a haunting, poetic score, director Bart Simpson’s camera moves meditatively through the beautiful concrete connecting individual stories of isolation, struggle and hope with the ambitious tale of the city itself. Brasília: Life After Design brings a human face to a utopian ideal and asks the question: What is it like to live in someone else’s idea?
~Will Swinburne

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Director Bart Simpson, Producer Aimara Reques, Hattie Hartman (Sustainability Editor at the Architect’s Journal) and Ricardo de Ostos of the Bartlett School Of Architecture at UCL.

Venue: Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA, UK

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Preston Bus Station and Market Hall Tour
Mar
8
4:00 PM16:00

Preston Bus Station and Market Hall Tour

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Tour

Preston Bus Station and Market Hall

Join us for a tour of the recently regenerated and refurbished Grade II Listed Preston Bus Station and the Market Hall.  The event will be led by the Main Contractor, Conlon Construction and Preston City Council.

Tickets: The event is free to attend but please register your interest with Lisa Mcfarlane by e-mailing lisa.mcfarlane@sevenarchitecture.co.uk to secure your place.

When: Thursday 8th March 2018 at 4.00pm

Venue: Meet outside The Tithbarne Public House at the corner of Tithebarn Street and Lord Street

This is a joint event with the IHBC and the Modernist Society

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Liverpool - Talk: Elain Harwood on New Towns
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Liverpool - Talk: Elain Harwood on New Towns

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Talk

New Towns

Liverpool Modernist Society present: Elain Harwood, the author of Space, Hope, and Brutalism: English Architecture, 1945-1975; Elain is an architectural historian with Historic England and a specialist in post-Second World War English architecture.
 
£4.00 full £3.00 members and concs (free to LJMU students & staff)

Tickets: £4 full / £3 modernists & concs / free students & staff

When: Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 6.00pm

Venue: LJMU Art Academy, John Lennon Art and Design Building, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD

This is a ticketed event - please buy your tickets online beforehand. (n.b. physical tickets will not be issued.)

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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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