Modern Buildings in London (Hardcover)

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By Ian Nairn, Travis Elborough (Introduction by)
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“Without any doubt, London is one of the best cities in the world for modern architecture. But it is also one of the biggest cities in the world, and it does not make a display of its best things. A visitor looking for new buildings in the City and the West End might well be justified in turning away with a shudder. Yet delightful things may be waiting for him in Lewisham or St. Albans.” —Ian Nairn, from the foreword

As one of the few architectural critics to eschew purely aesthetic modes of analysis, Ian Nairn’s timeless books on modern urban cities have been hailed as some of the most significant writing about contemporary Britain, while also being praised as alternative “guidebooks” for curious travelers. First published in 1964, Modern Buildings in London celebrates the character of buildings that were immediately recognizable as “modern” in 1964, many of which were not part of the well-known landscape of London but instead were gems that Nairn stumbled across.

Written “by a layman for laymen,” Nairn’s take on modern design includes classic London buildings such as the Barbican, the former BBC Television Centre, and the Penguin Pool at Regent’s Park Zoo, as well as schools, old timber yards, ambulance stations, car parks, and even care homes.

About the Author

Ian Nairn (1930–1983) was a British architectural critic and topographer
who coined the term “subtopia” for the areas around cities that had in his
view been failed by urban planning, losing their individuality and spirit of
place. In the 1960s he contributed to the volumes on Surrey and Sussex in Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England series and published a number of his own books, including Nairn’s Paris and Nairn’s Towns, both published by Notting Hill Editions.

Travis Elborough is the author of many books, including Wish You Were
Here: England on Sea, The Long-Player Goodbye, Through the Looking
Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles, and Atlas of Vanishing Places,
winner of Edward Stanford Travel Book Award in 2020.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781912559510
ISBN-10: 191255951X
Publisher: Notting Hill Editions
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 176
Language: English