14 April 2008
Bevin Court Stair by Tecton/ Lubetkin Phtograph: John Maltby/RIBA Library Photographs CollectionLed by Berthold Lubetkin, the architectural practice Tecton combined a passion for social reform with a deeper knowledge of European modernism in the designs for the penguin enclosure at London Zoo, the residential tower block of Highpoint, and the Finsbury Health Centre. The post-war housing schemes of Spa and Priory Greens set a thoughtful precursor to the onslaught of social housing projects which dominated London and set the pattern for other large scale redevelopment by Tecton's successor’s practices. Architect and Lubetkin’s biographer, John Allan, discusses these and other projects, elaborating on how Lubetkin’s continental and Russian background influenced areas of London we see today.
Geological Society Lecture Theatre, Piccadilly, W1; 6.30–7.30pm