Functional Architecture in England

Ref: C2224535

Education has always played an important part in society and the architecture of schools has evolved as the nature of the schools themselves evolved. Libraries also have a long history and we will discover some intriguing examples. Then we will move on to the architecture of leisure, focusing particularly on spas and on sporting facilities – hunting stands, swimming pools and lidos, yacht clubs etc. But we must not forget the utilities. The provision of water has a very long history, gas and electricity are more recent fields. Another specialist building type that boomed especially in the twentieth century accommodated the media, for example the offices of newspapers and magazines. With more leisure there holidays became an important aspect and we will end by looking at some of the architecture associated with them.

Additional information about this course

No sessions on Feb 8th or March 8th.

Course aim

A course exploring the history of different types of building associated with learning, communications and leisure.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Associate the appearance and plans of relevant buildings to their function
  • Discuss the relationship of the building types studied to wider historical contexts
  • Describe the development of the main building types covered in the course
  • Enhance your appreciation of the building you see around you

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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