Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013
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'The endearing introspection contained within Stamp's personal reflections only reinforces the belief that there are few morew honest, incorruptible architectural writers at work today.'(Burlington Magazine)
An engaging account of hte changing trends in the aesthetics of Britain's buildings(House & Garden)
‘Acute, erudite, elegant and amusing essays.’(The Times)
‘Constellated with deft aperçus.’(Country Life)
‘Informative and engaging about all kinds of English things, from royal tombs to London buses. Essays aren’t a popular form - the word suggests dull and dutiful study - but Stamp’s always tell you something new, which is a wonderful thing in any piece of writing. And unlike books, they never go on too long.’(Ian Jack Guardian)
'A wonderful celebration of the best in English design, and a stylish invective against the worst. A great Christmas gift.'(Mary Beard Observer)
'It is a puzzle to me that Stamp is not better known. He is eloquent, funny and eccentric. He is as familiar with the streets of our cities as a taxi driver with The Knowledge, and brilliant at connecting sublime ideas with the ordinary aspects of our daily lives.'(Charles Moore The Sunday Telegraph)
'A reminder, if one were needed, of Stamp's fine and eclectic critical wit.'(Apollo)
'I very much recommend the book to anyone interested in architectural ideas.'(Building Design)
About the Author
Gavin Stamp is an architectural historian and writer, who for many years was chairman of the Twentieth Century Society. His other books include Lost Victorian Britain, Britain’s Lost Cities and Edwin Lutyens Country Houses (all published by Aurum), as well as The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme and The Changing Metropolis: Earliest Photographs of London 1839 – 1879.
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on 17 November 2013
Gavin Stamp provides us with a selection of his articles for Apollo monthly. Each is about 1300 words and on a different subject. The essays are quite wide-ranging and they are almost all stimulating and trenchant. Some of his views on non-architectural matters are typically academic and bien-pensant, and there is a very silly paragraph on global warming, but never mind: it is his views on architecture and design that you buy the book for. These are consistently in favour of good-quality building which is sensitive to its surroundings and has character; and he calls attention to some unfashionable causes, such as villas and prisons. I enjoyed this and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in architecture and design. It might help if like him (and me) you think the Victorian age produced a lot of good stuff.
on 11 February 2015
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This is an interesting range of articles from an author whose writing I enjoy and whose views I share, especially on the treatment of neglected buildings.