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Supermarkets

This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 22nd Feb 2024

 £15

The fourth lecture in the series Twentieth Century Shops: From Arndale to Zara, marking the publication of 100 20th Century Shops.

The concept of the self-service supermarket was definitively established after the Second World War and rose quickly to a position of dominance. This talk will explore its architectural evolution, taking in early conversions, the rise of supermarkets on high streets, later ‘off-centre’ locations with ample parking, and the rise of the large superstore and hypermarket. We will consider the varying styles of the supermarket, from the hyper-modernism of the 1960s to the ‘big barn style’ and high tech of the 1980s, and will also look at attempts made in recent years to create more sustainable shops. The talk will reflect on the fundamental ways in which the shopping experience was transformed, and the technologies and ideas that enabled it. Architecturally, it is a story with some famous names but, at the same time, an account of perhaps the ultimate in ‘mainstream modernism’, created by a raft of now little-known specialist designers whose work deserves to be better appreciated – not least because of its reach, and its impact on everyday life.

Dr Alistair Fair is Reader in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh. Having written about subjects ranging from post-war theatre architecture to the work of Peter Moro, he is currently completing a co-written book about the Scottish new towns and recently contributed to Channel 5’s TV series Secrets of the 70s Supermarket.


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This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 22nd Feb 2024

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2024-02-22 2024-02-22 Europe/London Supermarkets This talk will reflect on the fundamental ways in which the shopping experience was transformed, and the technologies and ideas that enabled it. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2024/02/22/supermarkets-367500 The Gallery,77 Cowcross Street,,London

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The Gallery,

77 Cowcross Street,
London,
EC1M 6EJ

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