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Everyone is welcome to our architecture appreciation classes – no background knowledge is required, and you will have a chance to share ideas and learn more in our friendly and active architecture appreciation classes. Courses range from the study of architecture within a particular period, movement or style to architecture across continents.

Berlin and Vienna: Art, Architecture and Traumatic History View details

The last 300 years have seen a series of dramatic and often traumatic passages in the lives of Berliners and the Viennese. The course starts with an overview of the turbulent history of the two cities, setting the context for the course's main focus - the world-famous output over this period of fine art and of revolutionary architecture. Our Berlin art studies include the works of the famous Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich and the anti-war art of Otto Dix and Ernst Kirchner. In Vienna we assess the artworks of such luminaries as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. In German architecture, the great advances of Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus are explored, while acknowledging the earlier contribution to the Modern movement in Architecture of Vienna's Otto Wagner and the Vienna Secession. Finally, comprehensive reviews of the art and architecture of these cities' Metro stations provide a local perspective on their different histories and great cultural heritage.

British Architecture: The Modern Age View details

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.

Day School: Londons Iconic Main Railway Stations View details

This day-school reviews the great London termini of the rail network that radiates out to all parts of Britain and the Continent. These famous structures, many built in the Victorian period with all the panache and ambition of that era, still play a major role in defining the London of today. The great iron and glass train sheds of St Pancras, Paddington and King's Cross provide massive exemplars of the work of iconic engineers such as Barlow, Brunel and Cubitt. The hotels and facades fronting most of these stations were designed by the nation's leading architects including Scott, Hardwick and Blomfield. Students will review the chequered history of these stations since those heady times, explore the literary references and art associated with each, and assess the best and the worst of the changes wrought by changing requirements, world wars and the latest styles deployed by modern architects and engineers.

Day School: The Architecture of Christopher Wren View details

As the architecture of the Renaissance in Italy flourished, and led down divergent pathways to the works of Palladio and the Baroque style, we will see how its influence was felt in England in the extraordinary achievements of Christopher Wren, whose work led on to the "English Baroque" of Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor, and Palladianism in the age of the Grand Tour when key figures like Lord Burlington became absorbed by architecture. We will examine how Wren developed his ideas, drawing on Renaissance publications and his visit to Paris in 1665.

Day School:Moscow and the Art of the Metro View details

This course explores the rich culture of Russia and Moscow, and how their artistic and design expertise was bought together by Stalin with unlimited human and material resources to produce the world's most famous and most palatial Metro system. We study how the 20th century became a turbulent period for Russia of revolution, world wars and Communist suppression, yielding a harvest of creative excellence in fine art and design with a unique range of new art movements and architectural styles. By the 1930's, having gained the power of an absolute dictator, Stalin conceived the idea of building a Metro system beyond compare, using their expertise in design to create a shining legacy to his "enlightened" rule. The resulting Metro, built as a showcase for Russian achievements in construction, architecture and decorative design, is still rapidly expanding and an essential element in the transport system of this congested city.

Looking at Lincolnshire's Architectural Heritage View details

The course will explore Lincolnshire's building legacy, from the remains of prehistoric wood and reed roundhouses, through Roman and medieval stone structures, timber framing, mud-and-stud agricultural cottages to brick 'pseudo castles' and country houses up to the introduction of iron in the 19th century giving engineers the ability to to span greater distances with bridges and industrial buildings. We will examine sacred, manorial, peasant, noble, and transport building functions while emphasizing the strong vernacular tradition of the county..

Looking Up! Discover Nottingham Architects View details

The morning classroom based session will explore styles and characteristics of architects who have left a rich legacy of buildings in Nottingham. Following a break for lunch (cafe in the vicinity) the afternoon session is a walk around the City centre to identify the architect, view and discover their design features and landscape settings.

Pevsner's Buildings of England - A walk around Dursley, Gloucestershire View details

Explore aspects of history and architecture through the work of the architectural historian, Nikolaus Pevsner, in his Buildings of England series and consider perceptions of townscapes past and present. Learn about the buildings suggested as the most significant examples in the town. Students will be given information on the perambulation which they can conduct either after the talk or at any other time. Students will have opportunities both during the session and after to comment on selection and descriptions by the author as well as identify changes that have happened since publication and any omissions or corrections that they feel should be included.

Seminar: Italian Renaissance Architecture View details

Away from the Republics of Florence and Venice and the Papal city of Rome, the ruling princes of city states commissioned some of the most exquisite architecture of the Italian Renaissance. They engaged some of the most outstanding artists and architects of the time including Bramante, Alberti, Giulio Romano, Palladio, Piero della Francesca, Mantegna and Leonardo. We will look at buildings in centres including Mantua, Milan, Urbino, Rimini, Verona and Vincenza, and delve into what motivated such creative genius.

The Architecture of France View details

France has been an extraordinary crossing point in European architecture - Romanesque pilgrimage churches en-route to Santiago de Compostela, Gothic style fanning out from the Île-de-France initially at St-Denis and Notre Dame in Paris, Renaissance ideas arriving at Fontainebleau and the Louvre, the Sun King’s Versailles creating envy in Europe’s royal courts, and the Paris of Garnier’s Opéra and Eiffel’s Tower leading on to the twentieth century and Le Corbusier. We will conclude with a look at some of the latest architecture France has to offer.