Starchitecture Through the Ages: The Square Mile


Thursday 14 June | 18.45-20.00 | The City


The City of London has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. Twice.

In 1666, the Great Fire of London destroyed much of the medieval city. Britain’s first starchitect, Sir Christopher Wren designed and rebuilt 51 new city churches, as well as his crowning glory - St Paul’s Cathedral. 300 years on, and after the City was again destroyed in World War Two, modern-day starchitects like Richard Rogers and Norman Foster have rebuilt the City to be a place of glass and steel with an ever-increasing desire to reach new complexities of design.

This fascinating history has created an architecturally thrilling amalgamation of old and new. We’ll make our way from Wren’s Baroque masterpiece St Paul’s Cathedral, to Rogers’s sci-fi skyscraper the Lloyd’s building. We’ll constantly compare and contrast the styles, structures and materials of the Square Mile. We will look at other crucial sites on the way including, the historically fascinating Bank of England, Royal Exchange, Mansion House and Leadenhall Market, and compare them with modern and contemporary power-houses such as Number One Poultry, the Rothschild Building, Cheesegrater, Gherkin and Walkie-Talkie – all competing for attention on London’s skyline

Meeting on the sixth floor of One New Change, the City of London, EC4M 9AF

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