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Monumental Post-War Architects!,
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This review is from: Chamberlin, Powell and Bon (20th Century Architects) (Paperback)
CPB are one of the giants of Post-War Architecture and have deservedly been added to the ever expanding series of 20th Century monographs of British Architects. Despite the scale of the practice output with projects such as Leeds University and the Barbican in London they remain relatively unknown and this new book provides a thoughtful and easily digested insight into the office output.
The built work began life with a slender and light to the touch aesthetic typical of the 1950's and Festival of Britain period as seen in the Golden Lane scheme and matured into a hard edged rugged architecture seen in the Barbican and Leeds University. Despite the difference in aesthetics the constant thread throughout all of their work was their concern with place making and urban intervention brilliantly executed in the Barbican development and sadly unfulfilled in projects such as Leicester Civic Centre.
The book is packed with archive material that was thought lost and the author has done well to search out these architectural gems. Another worthy entry to the series and I look forward to my next purchase!