During the briefing of crimes against design we were told that a specific area to research will be our source for inspiration. We were told to explore this location many times (about 10) and to look at every aspect of design. On thing I am unsure about is the exact radius we are permitted to look at however I am guessing it is the location presented on the map. My own version of the map is presented below, I have extended the radius slightly to gain further knowledge about the area.
The area given to us was the area between Barbican station, Moorgate station and The Museum of London. We were told to first meet at The Museum of London to be briefed further about the Location and what to look at. This blog post however will not be about that day or my experience of the location. This will be about the research of the area I have compiled so far.
The Museum of London
A museum that stands at amongst the London Wall, a wall which was built by the Romans to protect the inner city. This museum contains the history of London from before London was built to modern day collection. This museum also displays the 2012 Olympic torch, I would really like to see this exhibit as I my opinion the torch was beautifully designed and I would love to learn more about the reason for the design.
Law and Buisness
The University of Law is also in this area although slightly outside of the radius. This university is said to be the “longest-established specialised provider of legal education” in the United Kingdom. They have traced their “origins to 1876 with the formation of leading tutorial firm Gibson & Weldon.” (The University of Law, 2015). There is also a Law firm near the university called Slaughter and May, “Slaughter and May was founded on 1 January 1889 by two young solicitors, William Capel Slaughter and William May, who met while training together in the City.” (Slaughter and May, 2015). Though very traditional I don’t think the logo is that creative, it is simplistic. The purple is regal and suggests wealth but it all seems a little too simple.
The map proves that this area is very business based, a lot of the buildings are offices and there is also Cass Business School in the vicinity. Also known as Sir John Business school.
A beautiful venue, the logo really caught my eye as the bowler hat whispers sophistication. The combination of the thin curly “the” and the bold “Brewery” really combine well creating a combination of both femininity and delicacy with masculinity and structure. The Brewery is the past site of Samuel Whitbread’s Brewery in 1750, it was extremely popular especially with the royals Brewing till 1976. Now a popular venue and restaurant. (The Brewery, 2015).
Sir Bartholomew the Great
Both a hospital and church are named after this saint. He was one of Jesus’ 12 apostles, St Bartholomew’s Church states “He is reputed to have brought Christianity to Armenia where tradition states that he was later flayed alive and crucified head down.” (Dudley, J. 2009).
A place dedicated to the arts and any from of creativity. Expanding in may buildings over this entire area the Barbican is an unusual site, a combination of public displays and private accommodations. According to the Barbican website it was “developed from designs by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon as part of a utopian vision to transform an area of London left devastated by bombing during the Second World War.” “The Barbican was opened by The Queen in 1982, who declared it ‘one of the modern wonders of the world” (Barbican, no date).
The most recent architectural update at the Barbican was in celebration of it’s 25th annaversary with a “major £35 million refurbishment of the foyers, public spaces and all the venues.” Previous refurbishments were in 2002 “offering enhanced facilities and greater ease of access” (Barbican, no date, timeline).
St Giles Cripplegate
A church which survived the Blitz and is seen at the centre of the Barbican. “In 1090, a Norman church stood on this site, built by Alfune, Bishop of London, who afterwards assisted Rahere, the founder of nearby St Bartholomew’s, in building the neighbouring church of St Bartholomew the Great.” (St Giles Cripplegate Church, no date).
The Barber-Surgeons hall is a building in Monkwell square, this halls origins date back to “1308 with a reference to the election of Richard the Barber to keep order amongst his fellow barbers” (Barber-Surgeons hall, no date). In 1940 the building was bombed however it was re-built in 1969 by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother with the same architectural structure.(Barber-Surgeons hall, no date)
The Worshipful Company of Barbers is also in this same location with a 700 year history. A company which looks after “the welfare and interests of barbers and surgeons, managed charitable activities and played a prominent role in London civic life, adapting to the challenges of changing times.” (The Worshipful Company of Barbers, no date).
A Barber-Surgeon is a profession that is lacking in the present day however in the past was very important. They were medical practitioners who treated mostly war wounded and gravely injured people. They learnt their craft through apprenticeships and were not the most educated people. Barber is now the gentlemanly word for cutting hair which is not far from the pasts truth however they also removed teeth, performed surgery and sold medicine. (Science Museum, no date).
“The red and white pole which is still used to identify a barber’s shop was originally intended to reflect the blood and napkins used to clean up” (Science Museum, no date).
Barber-Surgeons Hall (no date) History. Available at: http://www.barber-surgeonshall.com/history.html (Accessed: 19 January 2015)
Barbican (no date) About the Barbican: History. Available at: https://www.barbican.org.uk/about-barbican/history (Accessed: 19 January 2015)
Barbican (no date) About the Barbican: History – Timeline.Available at: https://www.barbican.org.uk/about-barbican/history/timeline (Accessed: 19 January 2015)
Dudley, J. (2009) The history of St Bartholomew the great. Available at: http://www.greatstbarts.com/Pages/Church/history.html (Accessed: 19 January 2015)
Science Museum (no date) Barber-Surgeons. Available at: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/people/barbersurgeons.aspx (Accessed: 19 January 2015)
Slaughter and May (2015) Who are we: History. Available at: http://www.slaughterandmay.com/who-we-are/history.aspx (Accessed: 19 January 2015)
St Giles Cripplegate Church (no date) History of St Giles’ the church. Available at: http://www.stgilesnewsite.co.uk/history/ (Accessed: 19 January 2015)
The Brewery (2015) Our history. Available at: http://www.thebrewery.co.uk/History-overview (Accessed: 19 January 2015)
The University of Law (2015) About the University. Available at: http://www.law.ac.uk/about/ (Accessed: 19 January 2015)
The Worshipful Company of Barbers (no date) History of the company. Available at: http://barberscompany.org/history-of-the-company/ (Accessed: 19 January 2015)