Brutalism: Post-War British Architecture Hardcover – 20 Jan 2011
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About the Author
Alexander Clement is a design historian whose interest in architecture began at school and intensified while studying the history of art at Staffordshire University, where he developed a particular interest in twentieth century building. After graduating Alexander maintained his interest, photographing buildings in the UK and overseas. He has worked as a museum curator and fine art auctioneer specializing in ceramics and Asian art since 1994, and has written on various aspects of design history for the Oxford New Dictionary of National Biography and Antiques Magazine amongst other publications. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
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It virtually ignores many of the more important buildings of the period such as the Park Hill flats in Sheffield which was the closest built example of Team X and the Smithsons' housing theory while highlighting a number of early 1970's buildings which, while interesting, are not particularly important examples.
There some inaccuracies such as the suggestion that the rear of the Festval Hall could be seen a precursor of brutalism whilst the elevation that he pictures was a result of the refacing and extension of the building in the 1960's and therefore could not influence a style with its origins in the 1950's.
The book could have worked a record of a period of building that has been under threat of demolition since fashions have changed but the photographs are not all that good and there are no drawings to back them up. All in all a lost opportunity.
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I have never read such a profoundly inaccurate book, full of mistakes as well as poor photographs. While I welcome any enthusiasm for Brutalist buildings, this is simply not safe... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr H
Alexander Clement reviews and introduces major Brutalist buildings. Great narrative. Book would benefit from more photographs. V good though I recommend it.Published on 7 May 2014 by skhyam