Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride this Saturday: 26 November 2011: Richard Seifert: The Marmite of Architecture?

This Saturday's Lambeth Cyclists' architecture ride will look at the work of Richard Seifert.

Our relationship with post-war architecture is a love-hate affair at best; but nothing generates more mixed responses than the work of Richard Seifert and Partners, creators of of Centre Point, the Natwest Tower, Euston Plaza and other questionable icons of commercial modernism.

Original Centrepoint Building flyer
Dismissed by some as gross vulgarians, lauded by others as pioneers of pop architecture, Seiferts were by any estimation among the most successful firms of the 60s, 70s and 80s, precursors of such contemporary behemoths as Foster & Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour.

With much of their output now disappearing or under threat, it's more than time for a reassessment - so leave your preconceptions at home and take an unprejudiced look at the Seifert legacy. You don't have to like it!

Meeting point: 10.30 am for a 10.45 departure, south end of Blackfriars Bridge, west site, SE1 (overlooking Doggett's Coat & Badge pub)

Lunch: 1.30ish, The Globe, Bow Street, Covent Garden

Finish: 5ish, near Marylebone station

All welcome - no need to register - make sure your bike is roadworthy - bring lights!
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