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Architecture: From Prehistory to Climate Crisis Lecture




Architecture: From Prehistory to Climate Crisis Lecture

Thursday 23 September 2021. 6.30pm. Online 

Barnabas Calder will give an overview of his new book about the highly topical subject, 'Architecture:  From Prehistory to Climate Crisis' (Penguin Books), published in June which makes the links between architecture, energy use and production. 

The book is a history of architecture and how it is influenced by the available energy. ‘If we are to avoid catastrophic climate change then now, more than ever, we need beautiful but also intelligent architecture, and to retrofit - not demolish - the buildings we already have.’ 

Barnabas Calder is an architectural historian, Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, and a trustee of C20 Society.  

Members:  £4. Non-Members: £6.


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Above: University of Leicester Engineering Building, James Stirling & James Gowan (1959-63). Photograph: Barnabas Calder.


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