Journal 10: The Seventies
255x198mm, 184pp, colour cover, Published 2012
Edited by Elain Harwood and Alan Powers
As interest in post-war British architecture and society grows, the 1970s is increasingly seen as a crucial time of transition when, despite adverse economic conditions, new thinking emerged to modify the Modernist beliefs of the 1960s, incorporating greater concern for the realities of life. Wit, imagination, humility and sensitivity to people and environments helped to create more flexible approaches to the design of individual buildings and cities.
Described by Bridget Cherry as ‘essential reading for anyone who wants to understand that decade’, this journal includes eleven essays which demonstrate the variety and suprising zest of the decade.
Elain Harwood and Alan Powers From Downtown to Diversity: Revisiting the 1970s
Barnabas Calder Castles, Cows and Glasshouses: the Burrell Collection Architectural competition
Louis Hellman Something is Happening Here but You Don’t Know What It Is
Catherine Croft David Rock: ‘Architecture is the Land of Green Ginger’ or ‘Form Follows Culture’
Alistair Fair The End of ’Optimism and Expansiveness’? Designing for Drama in the 1970s
Geraint Franklin ‘White Wall Guys’: The Return of Heroic Modernism
Roland Jeffery The Centrality of Milton Keynes
Hannah Parham Two Faiths: Modernism Meets Islam in London, 1969-1984
Simon Wartnaby An Exemplary 1970s Building: Gun Wharf, Chatham
Gavin Stamp Suburban Affinities
Ken Powell Terry Farrell, Jeremy Dixon and the Beginning of Post-Modernism in England