British Architecture: The Modern Age

Ref: C3744172

In the period since World War 2, British architecture has undergone remarkable change, with the UK emerging as a dominant centre for architects operating on the international stage. Post-war challenges to provide housing, schools and university expansion were taken up by architects like James Stirling, before he moved later into building in the Post-Modern architectural style. It was in the 1980s and 90s that London became a hub for architects of international reach - the High-Tech approach led by Norman Foster and Richard Rogers being joined later by the development of complex curved forms, notably those produced by Zaha Hadid’s practice. This is the concluding course in the Reading WEA History of British Architecture Series - each module of which can be studied on a stand-alone basis.

Course aim

To examine the historical development of the architecture of modern Britain, from post-war modernism, through the post-modern style to High-Tech and design with complex curved forms, and to consider how international influence came to bear upon it.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the key periods and styles of British architecture in the post-war period up to present day
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how these styles developed over this period
  • Relate the successive international influences on the development of this architecture

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
  • Presentations with projected images and colour notes for each session

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Arrange personal visits to see buildings relevant to this course.

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British Architecture: The Modern Age

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