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Architecture Centre Talk: When We Lived in Modern Times

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 18:30 to 20:00

The good, the bad and the ugly of twentieth century housing in Bristol and beyond.

In the inter-war and postwar years, housing need and political will combined to provide the population of the UK with housing at an unprecedented rate. At a time when the country had little money our towns and cities were reshaped providing housing for all.

Whilst some of the housing provided was successful, the drive for fast construction produced failures. In this Architecture Centre event, Bristol City Council’s Historic environment officer, Pete Insole and author of Concretopia & Outskirts, John Grindrod will give their take on the good, the bad and the ugly of twentieth century housing.

This event is part of the Architecture Centre's summer programme related to their current exhibition Murdered with Straight Lines: Drawings of Bristol by Garth England (31 May to 10 September).

 

Speaker biographies:

John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain (2013) described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain', and Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt (2017). He has written for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Financial Times, Big Issue and The Modernist and has worked as a bookseller and publisher for over twenty-five years. He runs the popular website dirtymodernscoundrel.com and can be contacted on Twitter @Grindrod.

Peter Insole is the Principal Historic Environment Officer in the City Design Group at Bristol City Council and Research Associate at the University of Bristol. During 2010-11 Peter managed the English Heritage funded project to create Know Your Place, an online resource that won the ESRI UK Local Government Vision Award, 2011 and the Urban Design Group Francis Tibbalds Award in 2014.

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