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This lecture will look at the architecture of the 1950s and 1960s loosely termed Brutalism, and at the efforts being made for its preservation. It will take as its starting point the work of Alison and Peter Smithson, then look at housing, university buildings and shopping centres, where, as Ian Nairn wrote of the Tricorn Centre, ‘the rhino has really got into the market place’, and vast multi-functional megastructures were produced, now being rapidly swept away.

Elain Harwood is a historian with English Heritage and Trustee of the Twentieth Century Society. She has just published a book on Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, architects of the Barbican, and is completing a book on English architecture 1945-75 for Yale – Space, Hope and Brutalism – which draws on her former work for EH as its post-war listing inspector.

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Everyone is welcome to attend.