Historical and Sustainable Architecture M.A.
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NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture
Report from London Faculty: Richard Hill and Tanis Hinchecliffe
Please join us in New York for presentations from two of our London-based faculty on Monday March 6. Richard Hill and Tanis HInchecliffe will discuss their current work and their teaching in our program.
Monday, March 6, 6:30 pm
New York University Department of Art History
Silver Center, Room 307
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)
Rockefeller in London
Richard Hill, DIP ARCH RIBA, Associate, Richard Griffiths Architects
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was built 1926-29 in Bloomsbury, where it remains the leading centre for public health research in Britain. The building was designed (by Verner Rees and P Morley Horder) in a restrained, modernised version of classicism, more familiar in the US than in London at the time. It was partly funded by the Rockefeller Foundation as part of its “global public health” program. Internally the building has been extremely adaptable, but from the outside it looks hardly changed. Some key spaces, such as the Library, retain their original finishes and decoration which are being carefully conserved.
Richard Hill, author of the building’s Conservation Management Plan, will explain the context in which it was built, addressing the reform of medical teaching and research, the medical needs of British and American imperialism, and the importance of Rockefeller funding to London academic institutions after World War I. Mr. Hill will discuss the design of the building and its remarkable decoration (which includes gilded mosquitoes, fleas, rats and other vermin), assessing its significance in the British transition from the Arts and Crafts to Modernism.
The history of the building provides rich material for the discussion of flexibility and re-use in historic buildings, and it is used as a case study in the NYU MA in Historical and Sustainable Architecture. The opportunities and challenges of such case studies for teaching will be discussed. The building of the School was part of a larger transformation and re-building of Bloomsbury in the inter-war period. The talk will conclude with some observations of how Virginia Woolf and other members of “The Bloomsbury Group” reacted to this upheaval.
Richard Hill studied architecture at Cambridge University. He has had a varied career in research, teaching and building management. Over the last decade he has specialised in the conservation and adaptation of historic buildings, including the Saint Pancras Hotel and the Kings Cross Granary projects. He is the author of Designs and Their Consequences: Architecture and Aesthetics (Yale University Press 1999), and has taught on the London-based NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture London since its inception.
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Gentrifying London: How Canonbury in Islington Became an Exemplar of Post-War Gentrification
Tanis Hinchecliffe, Reader in Architectural History, University of Westminster
The term ‘gentrification’ was allegedly coined by sociologist Ruth Glass in her introduction to the 1964 publication, London: Aspects of Change, where she referred to the profound changes occurring in some areas of working-class London as ‘gentrification.’ In European and American cities, gentrification tends to take place in former industrial areas, and along waterfronts no longer used for commerce. London’s gentrification began in the low-rise housing stock peculiar to the capital. By 1964 the shabby districts of Chelsea and Hampstead had already been transformed, and the ‘invasion’ of the middle classes was spreading into Paddington, North Kensington, and Islington. The latter borough came to be known as the exemplar of gentrification in London, and Canonbury was considered the place where it all began. This talk reviews the history of Canonbury, looking for characteristics which may have led to its early gentrification and the encouragement of gentrification generally.
This talk is based on a chapter in a forthcoming book, Mobilising Housing Histories: Learning from London’s Past, RIBA Publishing Ltd. which considers the present housing crisis in the light of historical examples.
Tanis Hinchcliffe is an architectural historian and long-time lecturer in London’s schools of architecture. Her publications include North Oxford (Yale University Press, 1992) and with John Bold, Discovering London’s Buildings (Frances Lincoln, 2009).
Event flyer available here: https://nyu.box.com/s/u6o9uma0lrrgooyzvgx74g5hnp6vuv5p
Sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians, New York Metropolitan Chapter, and the NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture
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HISTORICAL AND SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
Department of Art History
303 Silver Center
100 Washington Square
New York, New York 10003