Libraries, fire stations, health centres, town halls and police stations – once a stable presence in the high streets of Britain, are now threatened by demolition or insensitive conversion. They embodied high standards of materials and craftsmanship that formed the image of public service.
There are many architects and many houses that deserve to be better known. This is a collection of essays on houses of exceptional interest designed by relatively unknown architects between the 1920s and 1970s, particularly those working outside London.
This C20 Society journal details some of the significant changes to the physical fabric of these universities during the twentieth century. Buildings after 1920 in the universities and colleges of these two universities represent a microcosm of wider architectural change, veering between the conservative and the revolutionary.
As interest in post-war British architecture and society grows, the 1970s is increasingly seen as a crucial time of transition when new thinking emerged to modify the Modernist beliefs of the 1960s, incorporating greater concern for the realities of life.
Housing was the biggest issue of the twentieth century. This journal considers housing from rural Norfolk to inner London, via Scotland and Wales. It looks at the work of local authorities on meagre budgets, at the colourful world of housing charities in the 1920s and even at the problems of building high-density flats for the rich.
It was in the 1960s that conservation emerged in Britain as a mainstream aspect of architecture. These essays look at individual heroes such as Ian Nairn, Lionel Esher and Wayland Kennet whose convictions about the spiritual value of a good environment inspired public policy and explores early successes and failures.
Essays by the architects and designers who were there in the radical Sixties, including Peter Smithson, Patrick Hodgkinson and Jane Dillon, and historians such as Gavin Stamp and Lesley Jackson with fresh insights on those enthusiastic, mixed-up times.
The Festival of Britain of 1951 was an attempt to give Britons a feeling of recovery and progress and to promote better-quality design in the rebuilding of British towns and cities in the aftermath of the war. These essays bring together the recollections of those who took part, with studies of personalities such as Sir Gerald Barry, the main London sites and some of the many activities outside London.
This journal include articles about a range of individual houses, from Harbour Meadow, Birdham to Dorich House at Kingston by way of the Villa Savoye and houses open to the public in Europe and America, as well as an invaluable gazetteer.