This talk is available as online podcast here.

Professor Mark Crinson, University of Manchester

Thursday 19 May 2016, 6pm, Room 153, Malet Street

‘Brutalism – from New to Neo’

The last few years have seen a wealth of publications and exhibitions about Brutalism, yet without any quite seeming definitive. This talk from Professor Mark Crinson (University of Manchester) sifts through them, and attempts to separate what they say about our present preoccupations from what they say about the past. What was Brutalism? Why does it still seem to separate us into either ardent advocates or angry critics? This public talk looks ahead to Professor Crinson joining History of Art at Birkbeck in July 2016.

Mark Crinson is author of Stirling and Gowan: Architecture from Austerity to Affluence (Yale, 2012 – winner of the Historians of British Art Prize, 2014); Modern Architecture and the End of Empire (Ashgate, 2003 – winner of the 2006 Spiro Kostof Award of the Society of Architectural Historians); Empire Building: Victorian Architecture and Orientalism (Routledge,1996); and (with Jules Lubbock) Architecture – Art or Profession? 300 Years of Architectural Education in Britain (MUP, 1994). He has also co-edited (with Claire Zimmerman) Neo-avantgarde and Postmodern: Postwar Architecture in Britain and Beyond (2011). The Architecture of Alison and Peter Smithson will be published  by English Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society next year.

Attendance is free and open to all, but please book your place here.