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University of Essex, Colchester Campus

The University of Essex’s Colchester Campus was built in the 1960s and designed in the new brutalist style by architect Kenneth Capon. Intended as a ‘vocational powerhouse to train a technocratic elite’ there are no freestanding buildings for autonomous departments, and instead they are distributed in a zig-zag around five squares to encourage meetings between different disciplines and schools.

The Architect’s Journal wrote that the campus embodied “the most adventurous academic and social ideas to have emerged from the universities” due to the way the layout of the buildings mirrored the overarching ethos for the university.

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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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