Glamour and Gloom: 1930s architecture in Belfast

Event Details

    25/1/2018 19:00
    Architectural Lectures
    Old Museum Belfast, 7 College Square North

    Join UAH for the first lecture of 2018 and to celebrate the launch of Glamour and Gloom: 1930s architecture in Belfast

    Editor Dr Tanja Poppelreuter holds a PhD from Frankfurt University and is a Lecturer at the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Ulster University. She specialises in the architectural history and theory of the 20th century. She is a member of the Historic Buildings Council for Northern Ireland, the All Irish Architectural Research Group (AIARG) and was awarded the David Saunders Founders Grant as well as the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize.

    The lecture will cover buildings featured in the book including the Bank of Ireland which was planned at the cusp of the Great Depression and inspired by American skyscrapers so that it displays the aims and aspiration of the architect and the bank regarding future prosperity. Cinemas housed the new technology that made synchronised sound possible and the new ‘Talkies’ sparked a cinema boom. The architecture of the new picture palaces epitomised the glamour of Hollywood and offered a distraction from everyday life. The rise of consumerism is reflected in the luxurious facade of Sinclair’s Department Store and an echo of ‘Egyptomania’ – that that had begun with Howard Carter discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen – reverberates in the design of Woolworth’s Department Store.

    Light refreshments will be included.

    Book will be available to buy on the night, also available from our online shop and all good book stores.

    Posted: 11/12/2017

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