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first complete story of the Barbican Estate provides in–depth design info as well as a wider historical overview (FX Magazine, August 2004)
a fascinating study (Architects Journal, September 04)
packed with pictures, plans, models and discreet type telling the complicated tale of a landmark project s post–war inception and influences (Civic Focus, No. 47 Summer 2004)
In the book, the author, David Heathcote traces the development of the Barbican from pre–war planning to present day. Built on the largest blitzed site in the City of London, it was conceived as a new Belgravia to bring the professional classes back to the heart of the City. The project overcame all sorts of difficulties, from the challenges of London′s geology to the economic problems that beset Britain in the 1960s and 1970s. The final scheme involved the construction of the highest apartments in Europe, with elements derived from the elegant squares of Georgian London , contemporary architects like Le Corbusier and Scharoun, and the Baroque architecture and gardens of Italy.
Purrchaswd as christmas present. price loaded just for december, rather cynicalPublished 27 days ago by Marine boy
This book should be compulsory reading for all town planners and those who inflicted the high-rise council developments on us.Published on 10 Feb. 2011 by The Reader