‘Utopia London’: AA Collections Talk

On the 10th May, the AA Collections and the National Trust hosted an evening of conversation between film-maker Tom Cordell, and Joseph Watson, London Creative Director of the National Trust.  To a full house, Tom and Joseph discussed Tom’s most recent film, ‘Utopia London’, which celebrates London’s post-war social housing and has been cited as playing an important role in the recent upsurge in interest in Brutalist architecture, introducing a new audience to some of the iconic work of AA graduates such as Oliver Cox, George Finch and Neave Brown. Joseph, in turn gave us some insight into the National Trust’s popular ‘Brutal Utopias’ series of tours which have signalled a new direction in the Trust’s involvement with the UK’s Brutalist heritage.

Original drawings, books and photographs from the AA Collections, relating to key AA graduates involved in post-war social housing were displayed following the event…



Photographs by Ping Ping Lu, AA Photo Library.