|Details|| ||The Architecture group studies the buildings of Britain, and other countries, through different periods of history, types, styles and functions. This includes techniques, methods and materials showing us how buildings are constructed and why they remain in place.
Generally speaking, our approach leans towards the historical and the aesthetic rather than the technical. Contemporary architecture comes under regular scrutiny. The works of individual architects and movements are explored, and we undertake field trips during the warmer months.
Participation is the key, and group members are encouraged to present the results of their researches or to help arrange the events and activities in our programme.
We've continued our established practice of exploring buildings in the real world during the months May to August while staying inside at Louise House for the remaining eight months of the year to hear and learn from presentations given by group members. The January meeting has long been a regular feature enabling members to introduce architectural likes and dislikes that have come to their notice during the year.
In recent months we have looked at Brick Gothic Architecture, Greek Architecture, Guttering, downpipes and gargoyles, Mid 20th Century British Architecture...…. and we will shortly be looking at "the Re-invention of Paris".
We have reviewed our successful summer visits which members of the group organised to Welshpool, St. Giles’ (Pugin designed) church at Cheadle, and to the Avoncroft Museum. The Avoncroft visit rekindled thoughts about the buildings past and present in Frankwell.
We have had a number of short presentations of members’ personal likes and dislikes of architectural styles and individual buildings.
We have also looked at the architecture and buildings of Buffalo, New York State, at the design and engineering behind a number of opera houses and at the winning design for the Sterling Prize. In the summer months of 2019 we visited Bishop's Castle, the 'follies' built by two of our members in the garden of their Hope Valley home, and had a walking tour to view the architecture of Underdale in Shrewsbury.
In summary, the group, which numbers over twenty members at present, gives illustrated talks, organises visits, keeps itself fed and watered and consists of informed and sympathetic listeners and contributors to discussion.|