11 May 2014
by Hannah Burgess
Get involved in conversations about British Modernism without travelling to the Venice this June. Night School at the AA are running two events in London during June which explore post-war development and the history of London's housing.
Book Club: Concretopia
Tuesday 17 June, 18.30-20.00
AA Bookshop, 32 Bedford Square London WC1B 3ES
Reading List: Concretopia by John Grindrod 2013
Join John Grindrod, author of Concretopia in this one-off book club edition. How did blitzed, slum-ridden and crumbling ‘austerity Britain’ became, in a few short years, a space-age world of concrete, steel and glass? In Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain John Grindrod attempts to find out, by travelling round the country to meet New Town pioneers, tower block builders, Barbican architects, old retainers of Coventry Cathedral, proud prefab dwellers and sixties town planners. More social history than architectural guide, the book re-tells the postwar story from the perspective of the modernisers, and seeks to capture the optimism of these epic rebuilding projects, and the forces that led to their sudden halt in the seventies.
Full details and booking: http://nightschool.aaschool.ac.uk/portfolio-item/concretopia/
Bike Tour – A History of London’s Housing
Saturday 14 June, 10.00 – 16.00
A Night School & Love London Council Housing in association with Peabody and the British Council present: Bike Tour: A history of London’s housing – from the Boundary Estate to Thamesmead.
This bike tour is a journey through the story of housing in London: social, council and new build. The tour will start at the Boundary Estate, Shoreditch, then cycle east via Peabody estates in Bethnal Green, Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower, Lubetkin’s Cranbrook Estate and the Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens. The tour will finish up with drinks & snacks at Thamesmead to discuss London’s housing past and present, in particular the future evolution of Thamesmead. The tour is led by Andrea Klettner, editor of Love London Council Housing.
Full details and booking: http://nightschool.aaschool.ac.uk/portfolio-item/a-history-of-londons-housing/