Essex Architecture Weekend is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Saturday 10 September, marks the start of the 2-day Essex Architecture Weekend presented by Radical Essex.

1 Clockhouse Way Estate, 2016 © Catherine Hyland. Courtesy Focal Point Gallery .jpg
1 Clockhouse Way Estate, 2016 c. Catherine Hyland. Courtesy Focal Point Gallery

The festival, themed ‘The Modernist County,’ will pivot around three exciting sites: the Bata Estate in East Tilbury, Frinton-on-Sea and Silver End village. The goal is to illustrate how these experimental community models pioneered Modernist architecture.

1. Le Chateau, Silver End, 2016 © Catherine Hyland. Courtesy Focal Point Gallery.jpg
Le Chateau, Silver End, 2016 c. Catherine Hyland. Courtesy Focal Point Gallery

There will be dedicated busses transporting visitors to-and-from the properties, as well as talks and events conducted by experts and artists. Some of these include Elizabeth Darling, Owen Hatherley, Charles Holland, Alan Powers and Ellen Thorogood.

 

Part of the purpose of the weekend is to redress perceptions of the architectural history of the Essex. Coinciding with Heritage Open Days 2016, the weekend’s events will share their ethos of discovery and curiosity, giving visitors the opportunity to explore and learn about the county’s progressive approaches to living practice in the twentieth century, and consider their ongoing relevance and legacy today.

2. Harlow Shopping Centre, 2016 © Catherine Hyland. Courtesy Focal Point Gallery .jpg
Harlow Shopping Centre, 2016 c. Catherine Hyland. Courtesy Focal Point Gallery 

Focal Point Gallery Director Joe Hill, who is leading Radical Essex, says: “Through this project we are excited to have the opportunity to share and celebrate the important role Essex has played in the development of contemporary architecture in the UK. This is apparent not only in the design styles, but in the varied and radical approaches to social structures. It is utterly unique in this regard, and yet so underrepresented. We hope that this programme will help to encourage people to reflect on the innovative past of the county, in order to promote experimental and pioneering building for the future.”

– India Irving

See the complete events programme at www.radicalessex.uk 

Most events require advance booking, noted on the programme, please ensure you register for each event you wish to attend.

Locations taking part in ESSEX Architecture Weekend can be viewed through clicking the relevant icon on the Radical Essex map.

 

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