What is the Barbican ?

A six month series of exhibitions on the design of the Barbican estate in London is drawing to a close this weekend.

This residential development is an enduring example of Modernism, modelled on pioneers of the time such as Le Corbusier.

The buildings themselves are a significant inspiration behind the current revival in the appreciation of Brutalism, which continues dividing opinion to this day.

Going beyond architecture, the estate is breathtaking in its vision of catering to the needs of its residents and the population of the surrounding City.

Complete with parks, sports facilities, a school and nursery as well as the internationally-renowned arts centre, it is a world unto itself.

The groundbreaking design has not changed. It has simply changed people. Their lives, sense of aesthetics, and our understanding of the role of where we live, and how vital it is to our wellbeing.

The Barbican Exhibition: Designing for a Living City, Barbican Art Gallery until 16 October http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=19297