Post-Modern Buildings in Britain
Hardback, published 2 November 2017
An illuminating look at a controversial architectural style – and its finest examples – by Geraint Franklin and Elain Harwood.
Post-modernism was the 1980s’ counter to Brutalism but fell out of fashion until its best buildings began to disappear. Now is the time to reassess its values. Historians Geraint Franklin and Elain Harwood discuss its background and key architects before celebrating Britain’s finest examples. Individual entries are beautifully illustrated, many with new photography, including the SIS Building made famous by James Bond, John Outram’s awe-inspiring pumping station in London’s Docklands and Judge Institute in Cambridge, and the late works of James Stirling and Michael Wilford, including No.1 Poultry – an extraordinary corner of the City that in 2016 became England’s youngest listed building.
Geraint Franklin is an architectural historian from Historic England. He is the author of a book in the Twentieth Century Architects series on the firm Howell Killick Partridge & Amis published in collaboration between Twentieth Century Society, Historic England and RIBA Publishing.
Elain Harwood is the historian at English Heritage responsible for its post-war research and listing programme. Her publications on the subject include England’s Post-war Listed Buildings and Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945–1975 and many articles for Twentieth-Century Architecture, the journal of the Twentieth-Century Society.