SPECIAL INTEREST MORNINGS Venue  The Arts Centre Stamford Tuesday, 26th March 2019 10am -1pm. Registration 9.15am   Members £20 Iran: Land of Great Kings, Shahs and Ayatollahs Lecturer  John Osborne The first part of this lecture illustrates the mighty Persian Empire of the Great Kings such as Darius. Their palace at Persepolis has monumental architectural remains and a wealth of relief sculpture, which reveals the ethos of the empire and the symbolism of kingship. The second part traces the development through the Islamic period of the architecture of mosques and palaces, and of their brilliant decorative tile work and painting, including the splendid buildings of Shah Abbas' early 17th century Isfahan. The political and religious background includes an account of how Shi'a Islam came to take root and become the ruling creed in the late 20th century Iran of Ayatollah Khomeini. Click here for background on Persepolis Click here for further details and a booking form. Tuesday,15th October 2019 A Galaxy of Starchitects Lecturer  Clyde Binfield Santiago Calatrava,Terry Farrell, Norman Foster,  Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Jean Nouvel, I.M.Pei, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers: all these are starchitects. Starchitects are stratospheric. Their buildings straddle the world, if not as yet the universe. Their practices are vast and vastly cosmopolitan. Their creations are hailed as iconic and cutting-edge. Cities have been energised by them. Design has been stamped by them. Perhaps….but what about the quality? And whence came they? Who was the first starchitect? Le Corbusier? Frank Lloyd Wright? And are we about to see the last of them as personality implodes into team anonymity and explodes into a mass of initials? Who knows? Winton Gallery at the Science Museum, London,  Zaha Hadid 2016
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SPECIAL INTEREST MORNINGS Venue  The Arts Centre Stamford Tuesday, 26th March 2019 10am -1pm. Registration 9.15am     Members £20 Iran: Land of Great Kings, Shahs and Ayatollahs Lecturer  John Osborne The first part of this lecture illustrates the mighty Persian Empire of the Great Kings such as Darius. Their palace at Persepolis has monumental architectural remains and a wealth of relief sculpture, which reveals the ethos of the empire and the symbolism of kingship. The second part traces the development through the Islamic period of the architecture of mosques and palaces, and of their brilliant decorative tile work and painting, including the splendid buildings of Shah Abbas' early 17th century Isfahan. The political and religious background includes an account of how Shi'a Islam came to take root and become the ruling creed in the late 20th century Iran of Ayatollah Khomeini. Click here for background on Persepolis Click here for further details and a booking form. Tuesday,15th October 2019 A Galaxy of Starchitects Lecturer  Clyde Binfield Santiago Calatrava,Terry Farrell, Norman Foster,  Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Jean Nouvel, I.M.Pei, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers: all these are starchitects. Starchitects are stratospheric. Their buildings straddle the world, if not as yet the universe. Their practices are vast and vastly cosmopolitan. Their creations are hailed as iconic and cutting-edge. Cities have been energised by them. Design has been stamped by them. Perhaps….but what about the quality? And whence came they? Who was the first starchitect? Le Corbusier? Frank Lloyd Wright? And are we about to see the last of them as personality implodes into team anonymity and explodes into a mass of initials? Who knows? Above: Winton Gallery at the Science Museum, London,  Zaha Hadid 2016
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