A305/19: The London Underground



In the context of the exhibition The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture, the CCA presents twenty-four broadcasts from the course A305, History of Architecture and Design 1890–1939, by The Open University. To learn more about the project, visit https://www.cca.qc.ca/A305.

In television broadcast 19, Geoffrey Baker visits three stations designed by Charles Holden for the London Underground’s Piccadilly Line (Cockfosters, Oakwood, and Southgate). At a time when the imagery of the International Style was controversial in England, Holden’s task was to evolve an architectural expression for the Underground which would fit in with suburbia and which would also project an image of a modern transport system.

Written by Geoffrey Baker, directed by Edward Hayward, produced the BBC/Open University, aired 30 August 1975 on BBC2.

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