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Architecture at home

posted on 14/04/20

Architectural practices and foundations are opening their virtual doors to provide online guided tours and drawing sessions for those interested in architectural design. Here, we share some of our favourites, including a virtual tour of Copenhagen modernism and an online course in English Medieval architecture led by MRT lecturer, Jon Cannon.


The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation have partnered to launch Wright Virtual Visits, a collaboration which will see 15 public Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties share short guided tours of the other participating sites. The videos will be released every Thursday on their social media.

Here, you can find a complete list of participating sites together with links to their social media accounts.


London Day leader Owen Hopkins’ latest book on architectural history, ‘Postmodern Architecture: Less is a Bore’ was published by Phaidon in February 2020 and is a vibrantly illustrated and comprehensive survey of Postmodern architecture around the world.


'The Architecture of the English Medieval Cathedral' (6 May–17 July 2020) is an online course tutored by MRT lecturer and architectural historian, Jon Cannon, for the Department for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. The course aims to introduce students to the extraordinary architecture of the medieval English cathedral, exploring its development over time.


RIBA award-winning architect Dimple Shah of the architectural studio PRP is running live sketching classes every Thursday at 5pm from the PRP Instagram account.


The BBC are also still showing their documentary on the story of Walter Gropius, architect and founder of the Bauhaus, and the teachers and students he gathered to form this influential school. Watch it on the BBC iPlayer


Metropolis (1927): Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent science-fiction film about robots and class war is set in a city of skyscrapers in gothic, Art Deco, and Bauhaus styles. Following the Bauhaus centenary last year, the film gives an interesting view of what they thought the future would look like - the art directors Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut and Karl Vollbrecht brought together influences from Bauhaus, Cubist and Futurist design.

The film is available to view on Google Play and YouTube streaming services.


Google Arts and Culture have collaborated with Visit Copenhagen to create the virtual tour 'Modern Danish architecture and the story of a liveable city'. The city is experiencing a new golden age of architectural design, including, notably, the Black Diamond extension of the Royal Library by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Henning Larsen’s Copenhagen Opera House and a bridge by award-winning Danish-Islandic artist Olafur Eliasson.


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