This is a selection of new DVDs now on display. They cover diverse subjects within architecture including the tallest buildings in Saudia Arabia and the birth of the skyscraper, the rebuilding of the Reichstag, religious architecture, and the evolution of British architecture. They reflect the breadth of information available on this subject in the library.
Plan and Section of the Roof of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, from ‘The History of Cambridge’, engraved by J. Bluck (fl.1791-1831), pub. by R. Ackermann, 1815 (colour aquatint) – Mackenzie, Frederick (1788 – 1854).
Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education
The world turned upside down
Part of a series presented by Dr. Paul Binski which examines Britain’s religious art. In this programme he contrasts the lavish chapel at King’s College Cambridge with much simpler post-Reformation churches in Little Gidding and Leighton
Series in which artists, musicians and architects share their appreciation of buildings and architecture
Temples of Suburbia
Part of a series in which art historian Dr Paul Binski examines some of Britain’s most fascinating works of religious art. In this programme he visits Leicester and north London to see some spectacular examples of Hindu and Jain art
Documentary series exploring the architecture of the 20th century and revealing the making of the modern world.
Part 1 The Dream. At the start of the 20th Century, a group of architects believed they could solve the world’s problems with a bright new architecture; poverty, ignorance and disease would be eradicated, buildings would touch the heavens, light and fresh air would bring happiness and efficiency. They thought progress and invention would make the world a better place, but alas, Hitler had other plans.
Part 2 Rebuilding Britain. This programme traces the evolution of architectural style in Britain from the 1920s to the Swinging Sixties and beyond.
Part 3 Back to the Future. At the start of the 20th century the modernists proclaimed that history was dead and they would re-invent the world so that science, technology and progress decided the future. But the modernists owed more to history than they would admit. Dan Cruickshank travels from 2700BC to 1900AD, from ancient Egypt to a country house in the Lake District, to find the future in the past.
Part 4 The Final Frontier. In the early 20th century, modernism set out to change the world; now it is on a mission to save it