Modernist Estates

The buildings and the people who live in them today

Author: Stefi Orazi

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711236752

Category: Architecture

Page: 192

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Modernist Estates: the buildings and the people who live in them gives us an inside look at remarkable and sometimes controversial estates in Britain and their impact on the lives of their communities. Featuring twenty-one modernist homes and their residents, including the Barbican, the Isokon, Balfron Tower and Park Hill, it provides an overview of the building, architects, historical and political context, and explores, with interviews and contemporary photography, what it's like to live on a modernist estate today.

Modernist Estates - Europe

The buildings and the people who live in them today

Author: Stefi Orazi

Publisher: White Lion Publishing

ISBN: 9780711239081

Category: Architecture

Page: 192

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From the pre-war Viennese Werkbund Estate (designed by the likes of Gerrit Rietveld and Adolf Loos), the post-war Swiss Siedlung Halen (by Atelier 5) to more recent builds such as the Medina Complex in Eindhoven (Neave Brown), Modernist Estates: Europe showcases 15 housing schemes through archival and contemporary photography, alongside a series of interviews with current residents. This beautifully designed book takes an inside look at how these estates are inhabited today and examines the differences and similarities between estates across Europe.

Barbican

Penthouse Over the City

Author: David Heathcote

Publisher: Academy Press

ISBN: 9780470851432

Category: Architecture

Page: 232

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Penthouse Over the City sheds light on one of the most ambitious, and controversial, architectural undertakings of the last century; the Barbican Estate. This leviathan project, with its futuristic vision and Byzantine intricacy included, in its final incarnation, the highest apartments in Europe, an underground railway and an arts centre composed of a theatre, concert hall, art galleries, cinemas and a library. Its grand-scale conception included elements drawn from the rustication of Florentine palaces, the water and walkways of Venice, the elegant squares of Georgian London and the high-rise designs of the U.S. Today, the cultural and architectural communities are re-assessing the site's significance in light of the achievement it represents. To its residents, Barbican living is an addiction. Its story spans decades or changing ideologies and tastes, and this book tells its full story for the first time.

Concrete and Culture

A Material History

Author: Adrian Forty

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861899335

Category: Architecture

Page: 335

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Concrete has been used in arches, vaults, and domes dating as far back as the Roman Empire. Today, it is everywhere—in our roads, bridges, sidewalks, walls, and architecture. For each person on the planet, nearly three tons of concrete are produced every year. Used almost universally in modern construction, concrete has become a polarizing material that provokes intense loathing in some and fervent passion in others. Focusing on concrete’s effects on culture rather than its technical properties, Concrete and Culture examines the ways concrete has changed our understanding of nature, of time, and even of material. Adrian Forty concentrates not only on architects’ responses to concrete, but also takes into account the role concrete has played in politics, literature, cinema, labor-relations, and arguments about sustainability. Covering Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, Forty examines the degree that concrete has been responsible for modernist uniformity and the debates engendered by it. The first book to reflect on the global consequences of concrete, Concrete and Culture offers a new way to look at our environment over the past century.

Landscapes of Communism

A History Through Buildings

Author: Owen Hatherley

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1620971895

Category: History

Page: 624

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When communism took power in Eastern Europe it remade cities in its own image, transforming everyday life and creating sweeping boulevards and vast, epic housing estates in an emphatic declaration of a noncapitalist idea. The regimes that built them are now dead and long gone, but from Warsaw to Berlin, Moscow to postrevolutionary Kiev, the buildings remain, often populated by people whose lives were scattered by the collapse of communism. Landscapes of Communism is a journey of historical discovery, plunging us into the lost world of socialist architecture. Owen Hatherley, a brilliant, witty, young urban critic shows how power was wielded in these societies by tracing the sharp, sudden zigzags of official communist architectural style: the superstitious despotic rococo of high Stalinism, with its jingoistic memorials, palaces, and secret policemen’s castles; East Germany’s obsession with prefabricated concrete panels; and the metro systems of Moscow and Prague, a spectacular vindication of public space that went further than any avant-garde ever dared. Throughout his journeys across the former Soviet empire, Hatherley asks what, if anything, can be reclaimed from the ruins of Communism—what residue can inform our contemporary ideas of urban life?

The Barbican Estate

Author: Stefi Orazi

Publisher: Batsford

ISBN: 9781849944571

Category: Architecture

Page: 284

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A celebration marking the 50th anniversary of an iconic example of brutalist architecture. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first residents moving into the Barbican Estate in London. This new book is a celebration of this unique complex – looking at the design of the individual flats as well as its status as a brutalist icon. Author and designer Stefi Orazi interviews residents past and present, giving an insight into how life on the estate has changed over the decades. The complex, designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, is now Grade II listed, and is one of the world’s most well-known examples of brutalist architecture. Its three towers – Cromwell, Shakespeare and Lauderdale – are among London’s tallest residential spaces and the estate is an iconic landmark of the city. This is a beautifully illustrated, comprehensive guide to the estate, with newly commissioned photography by Christoffer Rudquist. It will show in detail each of the 100 different flat types, including newly drawn drawings of the flats as well as original plans and maps. Includes fascinating texts by leading architects and design critics, including John Allan of Avanti Architects on the unique building materials and fittings of the flats, and Charles Holland of Charles Holland Architects (and FAT co-founder) on the home and how these concrete towers have become such an integral part of Britain’s domestic and architectural history.

The Fountainhead

Author: Ayn Rand

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101137185

Category: Fiction

Page: 752

View: 1980

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The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim. This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite...of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy...and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand’s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction—that man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress... “A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly...This is the only novel of ideas written by an American woman that I can recall.”—The New York Times

Style Council

Inspirational Interiors in Ex-Council Homes

Author: Sarah Thompson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473521238

Category: House & Home

Page: 144

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With a foreword by Wayne Hemingway MBE and an introduction by Catherine Croft, director of the Twentieth Century Society, Style Council brings together an inspirational and eclectic selection of interiors from a generation of homeowners who are redefining the status of local-authority architecture. From covetable apartments in hip Brutalist high-rises to rural cottages with roses around the door, Style Council peeks behind the curtains of the often unappreciated former council home, into the lives of the creative and resourceful people who live there. The homes featured are unique, yet bound by an upcycling ethos, an innate sense of style and the triumph of dash over cash. Style Council is an essential sourcebook and a goody-bag of ideas for anyone wanting to do up their home – ex-council or not – in style. The book features 15 homes across the UK, with full-colour interior photography by Sarah Cuttle.

Eric Lyons and Span

Author: Barbara Simms

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781859468425

Category:

Page: 240

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Due to popular demand we are delighted to offer this new paperback edition ofEric Lyons and Span. Lavishly illustrated and deeply researched, this book celebrates the work of the architect Eric Lyons OBE (1912-1980), whose famous post-war housing - that today would be marketed as 'lifestyle housing' - is as well-loved today as it was vibrantly successful when first constructed. Built almost entirely for Span Developments, its mission was to provide an affordable environment "that gave people a lift". Influenced by Walter Gropius, Lyons brought a commitment to high density housing and the idea of fostering community into his Span work without compromising his intuitive sensitivity for landscape. His success brought the practice an impressive array of awards and led to a term as President of the RIBA. The enduring success of his design philosophy can be traced forward to 2005, when Span received a special Housing Design Award given to schemes that meet the current Sustainable Communities Plan. Indeed, the concept of Span mirrors current best practice thinking in housing design and continues to offer a fresh, relevant challenge to volume housebuilders in Britain today. This book serves as a lively reminder of that fact. Written by distinguished historians, practitioners and Span enthusiasts, the book has been researched using the archive compiled by Ivor Cunningham, one of Lyons ex-partners while a detailed gazetteer contains scale plan drawings of many of Spans housing templates.

England

A Guide to Post-war Listed Buildings

Author: Elain Harwood

Publisher: B T Batsford Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 751

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From humble prefabs to Sheffield’s colossal Park Hill, the number of English buildings listed for their special architectural and historical interest is staggering. All of them appear here, with 350 color photos, right from the very first post-war residence listed: Sir Albert Richardson’s Bracken House. Every region in England is covered, with London divided into 3 areas. The buildings range from traditional works to internationally outstanding modern structures. “[An] excellent introduction...a punchy little book.”—Urban Design.

Cook's Camden

The Making of Modern Housing

Author: Mark Swenarton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848222045

Category: Architecture, Domestic

Page: 312

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The housing projects built in Camden in the 1960s and 1970s when Sydney Cook was borough architect are widely regarded as the most important urban housing built in the UK in the past 100 years. Cook recruited some of the brightest talent available in London at the time and the schemes - which included Alexandra Road, Branch Hill, Fleet Road, Highgate New Town and Maiden Lane - set out a model of housing that continues to command interest and admiration from architects to this day. The Camden projects represented a new type of urban housing based on a return to streets with front doors. In place of tower blocks, the Camden architects showed how the required densities could be achieved without building high, creating a new kind of urbanism that integrated with, rather than broke from, its cultural and physical context. This book examines how Cook and his team created this new kind of housing, what it comprised, and what lessons it offers for today. New colour photographs combine with original black and white photography to give a fascinating 'then and now' portrayal not just of the buildings but also of the homes within and the people who live there.

Brutal London

Author: Simon Phipps

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910463635

Category:

Page: 192

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Here is a new photographic look at the raw concrete and imposing mass of Brutalist architecture that is undeniably part of the fabric of London's landscape - both visual and social - and part of our urban history. Momentum is now growing to celebrate, reclaim and preserve buildings which were once written off or allowed to decay. This collection of unique and evocative photography by Simon Phipps casts the city in a new light. Arranged by inner London Borough, Brutal London includes examples such as Trellick Tower, Brunswick Centre and many others.

100 Buildings, 100 Years

Author: Twentieth Century Society

Publisher: B T Batsford Limited

ISBN: 9781849941938

Category: Architecture

Page: 208

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The Twentieth Century Society protects outstanding architecture and design dating from 1914 onwards, so in 2014 it is marking 100 years of buildings under its protection. Originally founded as the Thirties Society in 1979, its first major case was the fabulous Art Deco Firestone factory on the Great West Road. Its remit has always been to protect the best of all types and styles of architecture and design from neo-Georgian to Art Deco, Modern Movement to pre-fab, and its campaigns now extend to brutalist and high-tech buildings. This book showcases photographs of 100 buildings – one for each year from 1914 – which represent the range and quality of work the Society protects and the amazing range of fascinating buildings we have in Britain. Each photograph is accompanied by information about the building, including why it stands out in a 100 years of architecture. The authors include noted experts in the fields of architecture, heritage and design, including Gavin Stamp, Alan Powers, Owen Hatherley and Rowan Moore. In addition, the book includes the best overview of modern architecture with essays on The Inter-war Decades (Gavin Stamp), Post-war Architecture (Elain Harwood) and Postmodernism (Timonthy Brittain-Catlin). Some of the buildings featured in the book include De La Warr Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican housing, Bracken House, Cenotaph, the Firestone Factory, BT Tower, and pre-fabs.

Modern Tract Homes of Los Angeles

Author: John Eng,Adriene Biondo

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9780764338656

Category: Architecture

Page: 142

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Affordable housing for the masses has been an age-old problem that some of the best minds in the world have tried to solve. Never was it more critical than after World War II, when many cities and economies were wiped clean and the world–quite literally–needed to be rebuilt. It was during this time that modern ideas led the way to the future. Modern Tract Homes of Los Angeles touches on the history of modern architecture and explores five housing tracts built between 1948 and 1964. Through these unique tracts, we gain an understanding of what the postwar climate was like and learn why modern houses still remain relevant today as new homeowners are drawn to their aesthetic and original homeowners continue to enjoy them more than half a century later. This engaging guide features 100+ images of interiors, exteriors, and decor and more than 40 archival images and floor plans.

A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain

Author: Owen Hatherley

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844677009

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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A darkly humorous architectural guide to the decrepit new Britain that neoliberalism built. Back in 1997, New Labour came to power amid much talk of regenerating the inner cities left to rot under successive Conservative governments. Over the next decade, British cities became the laboratories of the new enterprise economy: glowing monuments to finance, property speculation, and the service industry—until the crash. In A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, Owen Hatherley sets out to explore the wreckage—the buildings that epitomized an age of greed and aspiration. From Greenwich to Glasgow, Milton Keynes to Manchester, Hatherley maps the derelict Britain of the 2010s: from riverside apartment complexes, art galleries and amorphous interactive "centers," to shopping malls, call centers and factories turned into expensive lofts. In doing so, he provides a mordant commentary on the urban environment in which we live, work and consume. Scathing, forensic, bleakly humorous, A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain is a coruscating autopsy of a get-rich-quick, aspirational politics, a brilliant, architectural "state we're in."

Lost Futures: the Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain

Author: Owen Hopkins

Publisher: Royal Academy Editions

ISBN: 9781910350621

Category:

Page: N.A

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Lost Futures' looks in detail at the wide range of buildings constructed in Britain between 1945 and 1979. Although their bold architectural aspirations reflected the forward-looking social ethos of the postwar era, many have since been either demolished or altered beyond recognition. Photographs taken at the time of their completion are accompanied by expertly researched captions that examine the buildings' design, creation, the ideals they embodied and the reasons for their eventual destruction. 'Lost Futures' covers many building types, from housing to factories, commercial spaces and power stations, and presents the work of both iconic and lesser-known architects. The author charts the complex reasons that led to the loss of these projects' ambitious futures, and assesses whether some might one day be recaptured. 00Exhibition: Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (February 2017).

Ulster County, New York

The Architectural History & Guide

Author: William Bertolet Rhoads

Publisher: Black Dome Press

ISBN: 9781883789701

Category: Architecture

Page: 356

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325 sites throughout all 20 townships and the city of Kingston in New York State's Ulster County illustrate the variety and changing architectural styles that have appeared over nearly 300 years in the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains, from 17th-century Dutch limestone houses of the colonial era, through the Federal and Victorian periods, up to the Modernist architecture of the mid-1950s, tracing the history of one of the first regions in today's New York State to be settled by Europeans, including the Dutch, French Huguenots, and English. The author's survey of Ulster County architecture takes the reader through the cataclysm of the Revolution and the burning of the city of Kingston, New York State's first capital, in 1777, through post-Revolutionary expansion and the burgeoning commerce on the Hudson River, to the industrial revolution, the building of canals, and the railroad age. Grand mountain hotels and lavish hunting lodges are represented, as well as brickyards and old train depots and the modest homes of the poor and middle class. Information on most sites includes the histories of the owners, the architects, and the builders, as well as the social and historical context within which the structures were built.

Restructuring Large Housing Estates in Europe

Restructuring and Resistance Inside the Welfare Industry

Author: Kempen, Ronald van,Dekker, Karien,Stephen Hall

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1861347758

Category: Political Science

Page: 380

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All over Europe post-Second World War large-scale housing estates face physical, economic, social and cultural problems. This book presents the key findings of a major EU-funded research programme into the restructuring of twenty-nine large-scale housing estates in Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern Europe. Policy and practice between and within the ten countries studied - UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, and France - is compared. While existing literature focuses on the negative aspects of large-scale housing estates, this book starts from the premise that the estates can be transformed into attractive places to live and focuses on the possibilities of sustainability and renewal through social, physical and policy actions. Specifically, the book explains the origins and nature of contemporary problems on the estates; examines which policy objectives, measures and processes have had the greatest impact; assesses and compares a wide range of local, regional and national initiatives; discusses current ideas and philosophies, such as 'place making' and 'collaborative planning' that are likely to influence future policy and practice and provides good practice guidance for neighbourhood sustainability and renewal. Written by a multi-national team of experts and drawing on original fieldwork, the book provides unique comparative insights into the present and future position of large-scale housing estates in Europe. Restructuring large-scale housing estates in Europe is an invaluable resource for a wide audience of academics, researchers, students and policy makers in the fields of housing, urban studies, community studies, regeneration, planning and social policy.

Space, Hope, and Brutalism

English Architecture, 1945-1975

Author: Elain Harwood

Publisher: Paul Mellon Ctr for Studies

ISBN: 9780300204469

Category: Architecture

Page: 512

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This is the first major book to study English architecture between 1945 and 1975 in its entirety. Challenging previous scholarship on the subject and uncovering vast amounts of new material at the boundaries between architectural and social history, Elain Harwood structures the book around building types to reveal why the architecture takes the form it does. Buildings of all budgets and styles are examined, from major universities to the modest café. The book is illustrated with stunning new photography that reveals the logic, aspirations, and beauty of hundreds of buildings throughout England, at the point where many are disappearing or are being mutilated. Space, Hope, and Brutalism offers a convincing and lively overview of a subject and period that fascinates younger scholars and appeals to those who were witnesses to this history.

Living with Buildings

And Walking with Ghosts – On Health and Architecture

Author: Iain Sinclair

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 178283446X

Category: Architecture

Page: N.A

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'A remarkable book; surprisingly gripping and often very moving ... stories weave and unweave over the book's course, patterning thought into a complex built environment, at once disorientating and illuminating.' Robert Macfarlane We shape ourselves, and are shaped in return, by the walls that contain us. Buildings affect how we sleep, work, socialise and even breathe. They can isolate and endanger us but they can also heal us. We project our hopes and fears onto buildings, while they absorb our histories. In Living With Buildings, Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of expeditions - through London, Marseille, Mexico and the Outer Hebrides. He explores the relationship between sickness and structure, and between art, architecture, social planning and health, taking plenty of detours along the way. Walking is Sinclair's defensive magic against illness and, as he moves, he observes his surroundings: stacked tower blocks and behemoth estates; halogen-lit glasshouse offices and humming hospitals; the blackened hull of a Spitalfields church and the floating mass of Le Corbusier's radiant city. And he peels back layers of life. A father and his daughter, who has a rare syndrome, visit the estate where they once lived. Developers clink champagne glasses as residents are 'decanted' from their homes. A box sculpted from whalebone, thought to contain healing properties, is returned to its origins with unexpected consequences. Part investigation, part travelogue, Living With Buildings brings the spaces we inhabit to life as never before.