Participants must be aged 18+ and have sufficient English language skills to cope with course demands.
Who is the course for?
Anyone looking to gain more knowledge in architecture and design. No previous knowledge is required.
What can I expect to learn?
You can expect to:
• Gain an understanding of Brutalism and its place within 20th century architecture, from its origins as a design movement to a popular and widespread style.
• Understand the movement’s rise, fall and recent resurgence.
• Comprehend the features and characteristics of the Brutalist movement through a focus on the Barbican and the neighbouring Golden Lane Estate.
• Learn the basics of Brutalist architecture from original architectural plans and sketches.
• Experience Brutalism's connection to other artforms and creative fields from cinema to sculpture.
• Understand the long relationship between Brutalism, Britain and social housing.
• Learn and discuss with one of the Barbican Centre's artform curators how they use the Barbican's architecture to produce exhibitions, shows and events – both curating their own architecture and producing artworks within an artwork.
About the Course Tutor
This course will be led by Jon Astbury, Assistant Curator in Architecture & Design at Barbican Art Gallery.
Jon is currently a visiting lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at De Montfort University, Leicester and has lectured at The Bartlett, UCL.
Prior to joining the Barbican as Assistant Curator in Architecture and Design he held editorial posts as The Architectural Review and The Architects' Journal.