Abstraction and Familiarity, Tony Fretton

“At its outset and for very good reasons, modernism proposed an abstract architecture for emerging mass democratic society that was free of all previous class distinctions. Subsequently there was a long search to recover qualities of traditional architecture that had made it familiar and accessible. Part of that search took the form of research by the architects of modernism in CIAM (Congrès internationaux d'architecture moderne) and other forums. Another line was that of Venturi, who rejected the social basis of architecture proposed by modernism replacing it with populism. How these issues might be resolved is the subject of my lecture” Tony Fretton

Some of Europe's best architects run studios and units at The Cass. These architects lecture about their work all over the world but not often enough here at The Cass. The Home Works lectures put this right and invite you to celebrate and discuss the current work of the following practitioners, chaired by Robert Mull and co-curated with Zoë Berman. 

Lectures from:

  • Florian Beigel and Philip Christou
  • Richard Cottrell
  • Peter St John
  • Geoff Shearcroft and Tom Coward/ AOC
  • Tony Fretton
  • Stephen Taylor
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Location Central House, 1st Floor CE1-16
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
E1 7PF
Date Tuesday 8 December 2015, 6.30pm