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The Buildings of London (A five week Imperial College course)

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Imperial College London

South Kensington

SW7 2AZ

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A five week summer school class visiting some of the fascinating history of London through its architectural history

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What is it that makes London look the way it does today? Although there are many modern buildings in the city, much of what we think of as the 'London Look' is rooted in the architectural styles of the seventeenth-century, modified by the Victorians, but still recognisable as a distinctive architectural style.

On this course we are going to look at the history of London through its architecture. Our aim is to think about what London's architectural style is, how it developed and why the city looks the way it does. On site visits to specific areas of London we will follow the course of the city's architectural history, looking at both grand buildings and more ordinary houses, seeing how they are tied together by history. Starting with the medieval period we will see rare remnants of London's ancient past, explore the impact of the Great Fire of London in 1666 on architecture and see how the growth of the Middle Classes changed the nature of building in the city.

You will be encouraged to learn the language of architecture in a gentle way during our site visits, but the approach aims to be informative, educational and entertaining, and to get us all out seeing things again during the summer.

No previous knowledge of art history, architectural history or London history is necessary - all welcome.

This 5-week course comprises 2-hour in-person session each week (10 contact hours) from 10.30am to 12:30pm. It is taught on location in the streets of London at the sites of the buildings we will be studying.

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Week 1: Thursday 29 July 2021 London's Temple: Medieval, Tudor and Stuart

Week 2: Thursday 5 August 2021 Covent Garden and Seven Dials

Week 3: Thursday 12 August 2021 Wren and the New City after the Great Fire

Week 4: Thursday 19 August 2021 Somerset House – The Birth of “Good Taste”

Week 5: Thursday 26 August 2021 Back to the Future: Albertopolis in South Kensington

This is not a classroom or online course - we will be walking the streets of London to visit the buildings, so please wear sensible shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and do bring an umbrella.

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About the Tutors

Dr Michael Paraskos is a very experienced adult education tutor, having taught for over twenty-five years. He holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and also teaches architectural history to students at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art of this period, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine. His first novel In Search of Sixpence was published in 2016 and his second, called Rabbitman, was published in 2017.

Richard Barnes is a sculptor, stone carver and letter cutter who trained at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He has worked on the architectural sculpture at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and is the recipient of the Brian Till Prize for Art History Writing and the annual award of the Honorable Knights of the Round Table for his carving. His most recent writing includes 'Footfalls on the boundary of another world' published in the anthology, Othello's Island 1 in 2019.

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Covid Precautions

Please be aware of covid-19 safe-distancing requirements and adhere to them. We ask if possible that participants on this course take a home swab test (lateral flow test) before joining each session of the class. These can be ordered free of charge prior to the start of the course from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or obtained free of charge from many pharmacists.

In the event of the government or Public Health England requiring further lockdown measures the class will transfer online and any remaining sessions will be taught entirely online.

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Terms and Conditions, Accreditation and Certification

This course is organised by the Evening Class and Adult Education section of the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) at Imperial College London. Terms and Conditions Apply - available here. Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions before enrolling. Enrolment on the course is indicative that you accept the published Terms and Conditions.

The course is an adult education course and does not carry academic credits. It is intended as an enjoyable and fun event and not an academic course. There is no assessment or examinations and additional work to the site visits each week is optional. At the end of the course participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

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Imperial College London

CLCC

Imperial College London

South Kensington

SW7 2AZ

United Kingdom

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Contact the organiser to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Organiser Dr Michael Paraskos

Organiser of The Buildings of London (A five week Imperial College course)

Michael Paraskos is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art of this period, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine.

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