For the most part, architectural history in Britain is the story of gradual change and evolution, of long term trends that give meaning to events as they unfold, even moments of apparent crescendo and climax. From time to time, however, there comes a tipping point when old certainties are overturned, new ideas break free and the clock of history is reset: we call this a Year Zero.​

In the second talk of the series, Alan Powers, author of the forthcoming Bauhaus Goes West (Thames and Hudson, 2019), suggests that the thoughtful spirit of 1937 has in many ways returned in 2019.

Alan Powers is an art historian specialising in twentieth century British architecture and teaches at New York University London, the London School of Architecture and the University of Westminster. He has written on twentieth century art, architecture and design, mostly British, and in 2019 his book Bauhaus Goes West: Modern Art and Design in Britain and America will be published by Thames and Hudson. He has a long involvement with the Twentieth Century Society and was its Chairman 2007-12. In 2020, he will serve as Master of the Art Workers Guild. 

About the series

This series, organised in partnership with Machine Books, invites writers, critics, historians and architects to identify and reflect on a single Year Zero – when the trajectories of architectural and broader history connect and coincide and the status quo is changed forever. Each speaker has written a complimentary essay, available to purchase as an ebook, discussing their own Year Zero.

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on or 020 7405 2107.

Event Info

06 Mar 2019

19:00 to 20:00

£10 / £5 students