Raw Concrete

The Beauty of Brutalism

Author: Barnabas Calder

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448151295

Category: Architecture

Page: 416

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ALICE DAVIS HITCHCOCK AWARD 'Brilliant' Elain Harwood 'Part history, part aesthetic autobiography, wholly engaging and liable to convince those procrastinators sitting (uncomfortably) on the concrete fence' Jonathan Meades 'A learned and passionate book' Simon Bradley, author of The Railways ‘A compelling and evocative read, meticulously researched, and filled with insight and passion’ Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts The raw concrete buildings of the 1960s constitute the greatest flowering of architecture the world has ever seen. The biggest construction boom in history promoted unprecedented technological innovation and an explosion of competitive creativity amongst architects, engineers and concrete-workers. The Brutalist style was the result. Today, after several decades in the shadows, attitudes towards Brutalism are slowly changing, but it is a movement that is still overlooked, and grossly underrated. Raw Concrete overturns the perception of Brutalist buildings as the penny-pinching, utilitarian products of dutiful social concern. Instead it looks a little closer, uncovering the luxuriously skilled craft and daring engineering with which the best buildings of the 1960s came into being: magnificent architectural visions serving clients rich and poor, radical and conservative. Beginning in a tiny hermitage on the remote north Scottish coast, and ending up backstage at the National Theatre, Raw Concrete embarks on a wide-ranging journey through Britain over the past sixty years, stopping to examine how eight extraordinary buildings were made – from commission to construction – why they have been so vilified, and why they are beginning to be loved. In it, Barnabas Calder puts forward a powerful case: Brutalism is the best architecture there has ever been, and perhaps the best there ever will be.

Libraries of Light

British public library design in the long 1960s

Author: Alistair Black

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317105338

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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For the first hundred years or so of their history, public libraries in Britain were built in an array of revivalist architectural styles. This backward-looking tradition was decisively broken in the 1960s as many new libraries were erected up and down the country. In this new Routledge book, Alistair Black argues that the architectural modernism of the post-war years was symptomatic of the age’s spirit of renewal. In the 1960s, public libraries truly became ‘libraries of light’, and Black further explains how this phrase not only describes the shining new library designs – with their open-plan, decluttered, Scandinavian-inspired designs – but also serves as a metaphor for the public library’s role as a beacon of social egalitarianism and cultural universalism. A sequel to Books, Buildings and Social Engineering (2009), Black's new book takes his fascinating story of the design of British public libraries into the era of architectural modernism.

Modern Playhouses

An Architectural History of Britain's New Theatres, 1945 — 1985

Author: Alistair Fair

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192534424

Category: History

Page: 320

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Modern Playhouses is the first detailed study of the major programme of theatre-building which took place in Britain between the 1950s and the 1980s. Drawing on a vast range of archival material - much of which had never previously been studied by historians - it sets architecture in a wide social and cultural context, presenting the history of post-war theatre buildings as a history of ideas relating not only to performance but also to culture, citizenship, and the modern city. During this period, more than sixty major new theatres were constructed in locations from Plymouth to Inverness, Aberystwyth to Ipswich. The most prominent example was the National Theatre in London, but the National was only the tip of the iceberg. Supported in many cases by public subsidies, these buildings represented a new kind of theatre, conceived as a public service. Theatre was ascribed a transformative role, serving as a form of 'productive' recreation at a time of increasing affluence and leisure. New theatres also contributed to debates about civic pride, urbanity, and community. Ultimately, theatre could be understood as a vehicle for the creation of modern citizens in a consciously modernizing Britain. Through their planning and appearance, new buildings were thought to connote new ideas of theatre's purpose. In parallel, new approaches to staging and writing posed new demands of the auditorium and stage. Yet while recognizing, as contemporaries did, that the new theatres of the post war decades represented change, Modern Playhouses also asks how radically different these buildings really were, and what their 'mainstream' architecture reveals of the history of modern British architecture, and of post-war Britain.

Northern Soles

Author: Steve Ankers

Publisher: SilverWood Books

ISBN: 1781327955

Category: Travel

Page: 216

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With a (very small) spring in his step and a song playing on his smartphone, Steve Ankers sets out on a 200-mile coast to coast walk from the Mersey to the Humber.Travelling from one City of Culture to another takes him through snow, torrential rain and sweltering heat to a mighty gathering of brass bands, a collection of police truncheons, a ghost train, the Taj Mahal of swimming, and a liquorice festival. He encounters a Vimto sculpture, the country's finest cat hotel, a lost town, and a justification for donkey stoning. He discovers where gravity was invented, where rugby league was first discovered, how wind turbines breed, and why Sylvia Pankhurst is still a hero in Addis Ababa. And he consumes more scouse, spam fritters, and potato patties than you can shake a black pudding at.Best of all Steve gets to meet his heroes - the largely unsung volunteers and staff at the heart of our heritage and communities, and those who, in this centenary year for women's suffrage, honour the legacy of those who fought for the vote and still campaign vigorously today on issues of gender inequality and injustice. It's a fascinating journey, and a passionate and often funny one.

Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Buildings II

Author: Michaela Dvorakova,Rostislav Drochytka,Jan Vanerek

Publisher: Trans Tech Publications Ltd

ISBN: 3035734925

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 194

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The 20th Conference on the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Buildings (28 - 29 November 2018, Brno, Czech Republic) addresses the issue of building rehabilitation, a field which can be topically classified into the following areas of interest:1. Flaws and failures affecting historical and contemporary buildings; 2. Advanced materials used in buildings reconstruction and 3. Fire safety of buildings. The scientific papers include the areas of remediation of wood structures, building surface treatments (plasters), repair mortars, stone restoration, rehabilitation of masonry, rehabilitation of concrete structures, physicochemical properties of building materials, statics and dynamics of buildings and rehabilitation of timber-frame structures.

At Spillis Candela and Partners

Author: Raul A. Barreneche

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780966223040

Category: Architecture

Page: 142

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Spillis Candela was one of the first firms in Miami to acknowledge the cultural and historical roots of that locale. This volume focuses on the firm's work of the last 10 years.

The Polemical Aalto

The Enso-Gutzeit Headquarters, Helsinki (1955-1962), by Alvar Aalto - a Formal Analysis

Author: Gareth Griffiths

Publisher: N.A


Category: Architecture

Page: 144

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