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01 May 2017

On Robin Hood Gardens and Building 6E at the University of Bath


Mies van der Rohe was consistent in his lifelong preoccupation with the full height, full width window, the view from inside to outside and the positioning and scale of buildings in the landscape. Whatever building type he was dealing with, READ MORE

Regeneration: On the art of Jessie Brennan

01 May 2017

In recent years, it has become apparent that for a range of contemporary writers and artists Britain's post-war housing estates, and especially the political debates embodied by brutalism, maintain productive ways of thinking. In their different ways, the artist Laura Oldfield Ford and the writers Owen Hatherley and Lynsey Hanley all sense something vital in post-war housing – a rawness that READ MORE

How safe is our listed Modern Movement heritage?

18 Apr 2017

The limited protection offered by listing, particularly at Grade II, is well recognised. Although this does not diminish the sense of achievement when listing is granted, it does raise questions about how well preserved our Modern heritage will be. In the case of 269 Leigham Court Road, listed Grade II in 2015 READ MORE

Ginzburg on Ginzburg

13 Dec 2016

The short and bright decade of the 1920s was an important period for Russian architecture, inspiring and influencing the wider professional community. Coinciding with the start of modern architecture, the Constructivist movement in Russia initiated a new style in architecture together with a new epoch. The Narkomfin complex (including its separate laundry building) was completed by Moisey Ginzburg in 1930 and is a brilliant example of Constructivism. Its importance goes beyond READ MORE

The work of a public-sector architect: A talk by Kate Macintosh

08 Nov 2016

Kate Macintosh began her career as a public sector architect when she accepted a job with Southwark Council in 1965. This was an interesting period in the development of post-war housing in Britain when architects were becoming more critical of earlier Modern Movement attitudes. This tendency was exemplified in READ MORE

The work of Ahrends, Burton and Koralek

10 Oct 2016

This rare and special audience with Peter Ahrends was intended to be a conversation – a conversation, he explained at the start, about the conversations that take place between architects and between architects and clients, in the course of making buildings and making buildings work. To that end, it was to have been a dialogue between Peter Ahrends and Paul Koralek. In the event, READ MORE

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