The men who built London
Time: 14:30 - 16:00
buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.
London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLW19
Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)
What is the course about?
Architectural History in London, through its most important architects, builders & engineers, & some of its lesser known ones too! Exploring London’s built environment today. Who built this city, why & how did it take the shape we know today? As we deal with Coronavirus, all learning will be on line; however, a map of each session will be provided to allow you to cover each area, should you wish & when you feel it is safe for you to do so.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
1) Introductory Lecture
2) The new Classicism or not - Whitehall and the heart of London - the genius of Inigo Jones
3) Si monumentum requiris circumspice - Christopher Wren and the post fire City of London
4) The Height of Fashion - St James’s and William Kent
5) In pursuit of perfection - Bloomsbury
6) A Grand Design - Regent's Park and beyond - Nash and the Regency’s plans for London
7) Unsung Heroes - The Embankment - Joseph Bazelgette, Coade and the engineers
8) Building a Better Tomorrow - the South Bank & Post War Regeneration
9) Reaching for the Sky - Rogers, Forster and the modern Titans Of Architecture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify key London buildings/areas associated with major architects, engineers and builders
- Have an increased understanding on the growth and change of the physical city
- Attain a wider knowledge of the history of architecture through London's buildings.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No particular skills needed, just an interest in London.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A series of illustrated online lectures looking at the buildings & construction of various parts of London. Comprehensive handouts, further study suggestions, including reading lists & quizzes. As we are in the time of Coronavirus, a map to accompany each lecture will be provided by email. These will allow you to walk the areas covered in a safe & socially distanced way at a time of your choosing, should you wish.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No - optional visits to other sites and museums mentioned but not visited on the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other London guided walks. Please see City Lit website.