Concrete at a Crossroads

Nasturtiums at the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof garden

The British Film Institute, London Festival of Architecture and National Trust collaborate to bring you three television programmes about Britain’s post-war townscapes , as explored by Basil Spence, Patrick Nuttgens and Jonathan Meades

Television has often spearheaded the contentious debates that surround the concrete and steel of Britain’s post-war townscapes. Here we see TV’s contribution in its full range: from the Central Office of Information’s pithy, optimistic profile of Basil Spence and Patrick Nuttgens’ examination of the modern movement from the steps of the Southbank Centre, to Jonathan Meades’ droll reclamation of all things Brum. The screenings are introduced by the London Creative Director of the National Trust, Joseph Watson. 
 
The screening is part of the BFI’s Architecture on TV season, highlighting works that invite audiences into new and unexpected relationships with particular buildings and spaces. The story begins with the didactic Kenneth Clark, who introduced us to architectural traditions from the medieval to the modern. By the 1970s this type of programming had evolved into an innovative and critical genre, where thinkers like Ian Nairn and Reyner Banham drove national conversation by not only asking provocative questions of architectural tradition, but by venturing beyond conventional buildings to explore spaces and structures that helped redefine notions of place and identity. Within a few years, TV became the most potent medium to steer debates on planning, landscape and the future of our cities.
 
Concrete at a Crossroads
3pm, Sunday 26 June
NFT2, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

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(BFI and NT Members use discount code: ARCHITECTURE16. You will be required to show your membership card on entry.)