2017Programme

13 Sept | BRIT BRUTE NIGHT: Saving Britain’s Past | The Barbican: A Middle Class Council Estate | Street’s in the sky

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Film: The Barbican: A Middle Class Council Estate

2015, Produced by The Architecture Foundation, 5:50mins

The Barbican is one of the most remarkable housing estates in the world. Designed in the mid 20th century by British firm, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and commissioned by the local authority, it is a unique chapter in the story of state-led architecture with much to teach us today.

In this film, a collaboration between The Architectural Review and The Architecture Foundation, Phineas Harper traces back the story of the Barbican estate designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and commissioned by the Corporation of London: a story that offers a glimpse into the rise and fall of British housing provision, and stands as a vital lesson for the governments of today.

Print and image courtesy of The Architecture Foundation.

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Film: Streets in the Sky (Robin Hood Gardens)

2015, Dir. Joe Gilbert, 7mins.

The film is a short tribute to Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens, a social housing blocks located in Poplar, East London, which is set to be demolished. Accompanied of commentary from Timothy Brittain-Catlin, the film shows us the buildings’ history and recent threats, in a context of monochrome shots which showing the current situation of willful neglect.

The ‘Streets in the Sky’, made famous by the Smithsons and both widely praised and criticised as a response to the collapse of low-density terrace housing.

Print and image courtesy of Metalocus.

Trailer HERE

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Film: 56000 – A Film about Preston Bus Station

2010, Produced by Andrew Wilson and Paul Adams, 9.24mins

A short film about Preston Bus Station The film is a celebration of the architecture and people’s stories associated with the building.

Preston Bus Station is the central bus station in the city of Preston in Lancashire, England. It was built by Ove Arup and Partners in the Brutalist architectural style between 1968 and 1969, to a design by Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson of Building Design Partnership with E. H. Stazicker. The building was threatened with demolition as part of the City Council’s Tithebarn redevelopment project. After two unsuccessful attempts it was granted Grade II listed building status in September 2013. It is to be redeveloped in association with a new youth centre.

Print and mage: © Wikimedia Commons and Paul Adams

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Film: Futuro – A New Stance for Tomorrow

1998, Dir. Mika Taanila, 29mins.

Taking us on a journey back in time to our recent futuristic past, this film is about the rise and fall of the plastic Futuro House, a Space Age utopia that almost became a reality. The Futuro leisure home designed by architect Matti Suuronen was unveiled in 1968 and licensed to 24 different countries. It is both a product of its time and a utopian vision of ‘a new stance for tomorrow’. Its flying saucer-like elliptic shape reflects late-60s optimism about the forthcoming conquest of space. Mankind was believed to be entering a new era in which technology would solve all imaginable problems. “By the 1980s, entire blocks of flats will be constructed out of plastic.” (MT / translation: Silja Kudel)

Print and image courtesy of Mika Taanila.

Trailer HERE

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Guest Speaker: Jeff Provan

Having founded Neometro in 1985, Jeff pioneered Neometro’s position as Melbourne’s most design-focused developer. His enduring passion for concrete is heavily influenced by decades of travels to Japan and cites Tadao Ando as a visionary. Recently quoted in the AFR, Jeff likened concrete to look like glass or as soft as velvet in the right light.

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Booking

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