David Heathcote- Architecture




The second talk of the designing the decades series was by David Heathcote. He spoke about architecture post war and it gave mea whole new appreciation for a style i once though ugly. For architects the 50s was all about stepping away from previous ideas, gone was the ornamentation of the Victorian period, looking forward using new materials and new shapes and trying to give peple the open space and light they desired. A lot of architecture was about bringing the outside in and vice versa with areas such as courtyards. When you look at building such as the Barbican you can really see where these ideas were going (note the way it is built on stilts and the curvilinear forms)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/aug/13/communities.housing
http://www.building.co.uk/comment/wonders-and-blunders/3135849.article