Using images taken from visits to the Czech Republic over the last 30 years, John will give a whistle-stop tour of the development of Czech architecture during the 20th century, looking at some of the best example of Secessionist architecture, pre-WW1 Cubist buildings, post-WW1 Expressionism, 1920s and 30s Modern Movement housing estates through to the little-known Soviet Realism masterpieces and Britalism, Soviet-style. We will also see a functionalist city and futuristic transport infrastucture; the buildings of internationally known architects such as Jože Plečnik, Mies van der Rohe and Adolf Loos, as well as those by lesser-known but very talented Czech architects, and individual jewels by architects now long-forgotten.
John East is well known as the unofficial photo-grapher for the Twentieth Century Society. He lectures frequently and his photographs are regularly used in Twentieth Century Society publications, most recently 100 Churches, 100 Years and 100 Twentieth-Century Gardens and Landscapes.
He has a regeneration and planning background by profession with many years working at Chief Executive, Strategic Director and Director level in local government and the private sector
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Image credits, left to right: © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons); © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC BY-SA 3.0; © VitVit, Creative Commons Wikimedia