A305/21: The Other Tradition

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 21, Geoffrey Baker examines the persistence of academic classicism in British architecture of the 1920s and 1930s, exemplified in such buildings as Manchester City Library and Liverpool Cathedral. Despite growing support during the 1930s for the ideology of the Modern Movement, examples of the style were comparatively rare in Britain. Focusing on the new headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects, built during the 1930s, Geoffrey Baker shows how conservative traditions were modified by modernist tastes.

Written by Geoffrey Baker, directed by Miriam Rapp, produced the BBC/Open University, aired 20 September 1975 on BBC2.


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