The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

From Camden to Copenhagen and Oslo: how ‘hill-housing, Danish Modernism and tours in antiquity bridged the gap between London and Oslo

Thursday 3 December 2020, 18:30-20:00

Presented by Tom Davies

This talk presents ongoing research from Davies’ doctoral studies into the heritage and communities of post-war housing, looking at Neave Brown’s Alexandra Road and Peter Tábori’s Highgate New Town and Selvaag’s Vestli, East Oslo and the work of architects Anne Tinne and Mogens Friis, starting with Øvre Ullern Terrace, West Oslo. The links between these two traditions will be covered, from Danish and Californian Modernism to the influence of vernacular architecture and antiquity on these projects, spanning Tábori’s studies of hill-towns in Italy to the Friis’ work as archaeologists in the ‘50s. Through this a picture emerges of two warm and humanist approaches to architecture, notably housing whose buildings have stood the test of time. The talk will be illustrated by photographic material from the Kielland Friis archives, showing buildings under construction and immediately after completion, and Davies’ doctoral case-study work.

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