Functional Architecture in England

Ref: C2224530

In this course we will trace the development through time of particular types of building in England and show how they responded to the different demands of various eras. The programme is flexible but includes those buildings that were associated with defensive use – castles, town walls, barracks - into the twentieth century. We will also look at farming and agricultural buildings from the middle ages on. As society became more sophisticated more people were travelling and so we will look at roads, bridges etc. Market places remained essential and have a variety of structures associated with them. We will also explore examples of special housing for the poor, particularly almshouses. Finally we will consider ports and their associated buildings.

Course aim

Buildings are above all functional. In this course we will trace the history of a selection of building types and discover how their design reflected their use.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Outline the development of some of the building types we have discussed
  • Recognise the relationship of appearance and function in particular types of building
  • Relate buildings associated with defence to their historical and technological context
  • Discuss the how farm buildings and their arrangement related to changing needs of agriculture
  • Develop skills in observing and identifying the meaning of buildings

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Functional Architecture in England


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