The Architecture Group has been taking a break since February 2019. The group does not currently have a leader. Carol Tacq (details in Upstream) is the contact person for the group and can provide more information. If you are interested in joining the group and helping it to re-start, do get in touch.
The group was formed in 2008 and met monthly, usually on the fourth Wednesday except in December. There are no 'resident experts' but members have taken it in turn to arrange seminars, presentations and visits with an architectural theme, and to host meetings.
Examples of the group's activities in the last year include:
Dreaming the Impossible, a TV programme comparing town planning challenges in 17th century London and 1940s Glasgow.
Is Architecture Art? - a discussion led by a group member.
St Ives Revisited - a guided architectural walk.
Ely Cathedral - a second visit to learn more about the conservation of this stunning building (and to use our annual passes!).
Glasgow's Neglected Genius - a TV documentary about Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Show and Tell - a building, structure or community that has been destroyed by fire, war, or other calamity and tell us what has happened to it.
Show and Tell - Controversial Architecture
In previous years we have: studied the work of individual architects; undertaken numerous visits including an architectural visualiser; the architectural displays at the V and A; the John Soane Museum, Letchworth (the world's first garden city); Saffron Walden, as well as many stately homes, churches, and more modest buildings, including the oldest cottage in Buckden.
Future Programme Suggestions:
78 Derngate revisited, Letchworth revisited, visit to Schlumberger Gould Research Centre (modern building with externally suspended roof on the outskirts of Cambridge, near Madingley Road Park and Ride), Hilton Revisited, visit to Baldock, stately home visits - Apethorpe Palace, Strawberry Hill House, Eltham Palace, the Queen's House at Greenwich, etc.