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Images of Change: England's Late 20th Century Landscapes [Hardcover]

Antony Gormley , Sefryn Penrose
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27 Nov 2007
Motorways, airports, tower blocks, power stations, windfarms; TV and the internet, easy travel and shrinking distances; business parks, starter homes and vast shopping and leisure complexes - all of these helped define the later 20th-century world and their material remains remind us of the major changes brought about through innovation and rapidly developing technology. Illustrated with striking aerial and ground photographs of some stunning and sometimes surprising 20th-century landscapes, "Images of Change" highlights for perhaps the first time the impact the developments of the last century have had on the landscape and gives us a new angle on the industrial, military, domestic and agricultural influences at work around us. By turns dramatic, beautiful, perhaps even shocking, the images and accompanying text will convince that the later 20th century should not be seen as an age that has devalued or destroyed what went before. Understanding how the 20th-century landscape is perceived and how it connects to the past is part of what this book is about - helping us to understand that change and creation is as important in the landscape as preservation. We recognise and celebrate the process of landscape change for earlier periods - the 20th century should be no different.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: English Heritage (27 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190562414X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905624140
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 21.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"a thoughtful and very clever argument for a particular way of experiencing, and analysing history in landscape. Buy it." British Archaeology Sept/Oct 2009 "a provocative new book from English Heritage that sheds light on the impact of post-1945 social change on the everyday environment ... Sefryn Penrose and her contributors offer an alternative 'modern heritage' agenda.A" The Times "Images of Change is a wonderfully enjoyable, even an important, book." New Statesman "this valuable and thought-provoking book reveals the surprising beauty in the most unlikely places, such as shopping centres, service stations and motorways, and is a great antidote to architectural nostalgia." Sunday Telegraph "a provocative and discursive book ... It looks like a picture book but is far from bland." Journal of the Twentieth Century Society "Engagingly written, with a fresh design aesthetic and beautiful colour photographs, Images of Change manages to make the familiar strange and the strange familiar. Perhaps most importantly, this highly accessible volume amply demonstrates the seriousness of the contemporary archaeology project." Landscapes, Vol 9, No 2 (2008)

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Sefryn Penrose is a Heritage Consultant with Atkins Heritage.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing and absorbing book 6 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
Very much enjoyed this book. It is absorbing and provides a new take on an interesting area. The layout is engaging and draws you in. An interesting balance of factual information, pictures and human interest which should draw in informed and casual readers. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a new way of looking at England... 29 April 2011
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Format:Hardcover
This is an extremely original and clever way of exploring England's post-war modern (post-modern?) everyday landscape. It will be of interest to psycho-geographers and those bored of traditional attempts to define England's landscape and townscape (e.g thatched cottages, rolling countryside, market towns, et al). Ranging from peripheral industrial parks to the marching angularities of National Grid pylons, the book is an engrossing portrait of a post-industrial nation made up of de-centred schizophrenic nowhere places (which is actually how most of us experience the modern world). Will be seen as something of a collectable in a number of years I think. Recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bit light wieght 5 Feb 2013
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Not really that good a book - if you want a book on archaeology of the contemporary, then check out "After modernity" by Rodney Harrison, an excelent read.
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