Architecture Group 1 meets in the morning of the first Friday of each month at a venue in Penrith, for which members contribute to the cost of the room. In the best u3a tradition we are a shared learning group, and each member is expected to participate in the projects we undertake. We make visits to sites of interest and occasionally have a speaker, or sometimes a member of the group who has a particular interest to share.
We’ve been keeping busy during the past 18 months with a mixture of Zoom meetings, and doing our own research on sacred buildings which we e-mailed round to one another. Bridge construction, ‘Eco houses’ and our ‘ideal homes’ also featured in our lockdown studies. Later, as things eased, we enjoyed a social get-together outside in Josie Dunlop’s garden, talks from Robin Acland on William Lethaby, an Arts and Crafts architect, and on changing architectural styles in Chicago in the 19th and 20th centuries, and we also made a recent visit to the Fratry at Carlisle Cathedral where we considered ‘old meeting new’ designs. Happily, we have gained a new member during this period, too.
Our ideas of an ‘ideal home’ have changed through the ages.