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Design for Living:The C20 house - What makes the C20 House Special

Design for Living: The C20 house - What makes the C20 House special?

Lecture by Elain Harwood 

Thursday 2nd November - Doors open at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

The C20 autumn lecture series looks at what makes the C20 house so special, so different from what came before, to celebrate the publication in September of 100 Houses 100 Years, to which all the speakers contributed. The lectures will explore how the design of the C20 house was affected by changes in the outside world, building and domestic technology and living patterns. In addition, we will hear about the trends in housing at the end of the century and the relationship between architect and client. Lectures will be held on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm  from 2 November to  November 30th and the last lecture on Wednesday 6th December at the Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ.

Elain Harwood will set the scene, talking about the social and political events that changed how houses were built and who developed them during the century. From Homes for Heroes after the First World War, to the expanding suburbs of the 1920s and 1930s and post-war structural innovation, C20 houses were shaped by outside events as much as by individual architects.
Dr Elain Harwood is a historian at Historic England and author of many books, including the award-winning Space, Hope and Brutalism, and co-editor of 100 Houses 100 Years.

100 Houses 100 Years is published by Batsford at £25 and will be available at a special discount at the lecture series. There will also be other publications available but we are only able to take cash on the evening.

Members £8.00 Non Members £10.00 Students £5.00  (glass of wine included in price)

The lecture series can also be booked as a complete series


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