on 18 February 2006
Anglo Files was named in playful homage to the cause of wide-ranging cultural espionage for benign purposes. In the US it is published as British Built, which suggests more a cultural imperialist approach in profiling interesting emerging UK affiliated architectural practices. This book provides an overview of fourteen of the most dynamic and intriguing British architects making an impact globally but arising out of the multicultural identity of the contemporary UK: David Adjaye, Alison Brooks, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), Caruso St John, de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM), Deborah Saunt David Hills Architects (DSDHA) Kathryn Findlay, FAT, Foreign Office Archictects (FOA), Gollifer Langston, Klein Dytham architecture (KDa), muf, Sergison Bates and S333. Each practice is presented through recent projects shown in detail through photographs, plans and computer graphics.
The profiles are introduced by an essay, The emerging ethos, which surveys the rising generation of British architects in the context of their work and attitudes that are reinventing the identity of the profession. In particular, their role as multi-scalar, multi-context and multi-tasking omni-practices involving a synthesis of the influences of foreign cultures through global networking with local approaches conditions and sensibility.
The second essay: Multi-scalar practice, discusses other architecture studios who are establishing reputations in the fields of urban design, landscape and public housing: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, Mark Brearley and Julian Lewis (East), Piercy Conner, The Office of Subversive Architecture (OSA), Tonkin Liu, Fluid, ZM Architects, Gross.Max and Niall McLaughlin. Bullivant notes that: "The developing hybrid practice of landscape urbanism, which focuses on geographic, topographic and climatic realities, including the natural disorder of urban living and the history that is both palpably present and intangible in the cityscape, is starting to make an imapact. It offers a real alternative to widespread global urbanization, which enforces sameness and wholesale eradication of the past."