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ONLINE EVENT: Who’s afraid of big bad monuments? - Alan Powers




 ZOOM EVENT: Autumn Lecture Series 2023: Who’s afraid of big bad monuments? - Alan Powers

Thursday 26 October at 6.30 pm 

As a background to the individual subject lectures that follow reviews the critical arguments for and against the idea of the monumental, especially how despite principled objections based in part on totalitarian adoptions of monumentality, architects in the post-war period valued the communal connotations of large formal buildings, so that monumental modernism and traditional revivals ran alongside each other, and the urge to be monumental never seems to disappear.

Alan Powers is a former Chairman of C20 and a current trustee. His books include Britain (2007), and Bauhaus Goes West (2019). He is a co-editor of C20’s publications Twentieth Century Architecture (journal) and Twentieth Century Architects (monographs), having collaborated on these over many years with the late Elain Harwood. Their collaborative monograph on Ernö Goldfinger will be published early in 2024. He teaches at London School of Architecture, New York University in London and the University of Kent.

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Note: This event is hybrid and is being run both in-person at Cowcross Street Gallery and online via Zoom. The event will be recorded and offered as a catch-up lecture for those who have booked, and will be available for two weeks.

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Above image: McMorran and Whitby, Central Criminal Court Extension, 1963-72 .Photo: Edward Denison.