Narratives of Modernity Before Reconstruction
By (author) Elizabeth Darling
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Re-Forming Britain by Elizabeth Darling
Book DescriptionRe-forming Britain considers the nature and practice of architectural modernism in inter-war Britain in a new light. Bringing hitherto little considered protagonists and projects to the fore, it argues that rather than being an imported idiom, the new architecture in Britain formed part of an ongoing attempt to make a modern nation. Spanning the period 1925-42, the book focuses on the key sites from and through which architectural modernism emerged in the UK. Part one considers the main arena in which a will to modernize Britain developed in the 1920s. In parts two and three the author documents, contextualizes and explains how this modernizing will was given modernist form, discussing the work of architects such as Wells Coates, Maxwell Fry, and Connell and Ward, and their allied ventures with likeminded reformers in other fields. These collaborations produced 'narratives of modernity': buildings, projects, exhibitions and books, through which, the book argues, modernist reformers were able to persuade politicians, and those with influence upon them, that modernism was the means to re-form the nation. Re-forming Britain offers the first in-depth analysis of well-known modernist schemes such as Kensal House and the Pioneer Health Centre but also brings previously little studied or unknown activities to light. This important work invites a new understanding of the nature of architectural modernism in inter-war Britain and the ways in which it ultimately gave form to post-war Britain.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415334082
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elizabeth Darling
Wells Coates, Paperback (July 2012)
The architect-engineer Wells Wintemute Coates (1895-1958, as a designer of products, interiors and buildings, developed a new formal and spatial language of design which worked to shape and influence the path British modernism would take both during the 1930s and after the war.
Re-Forming Britain, Hardback (December 2006)
Considers the process through which architects sought to establish modernism as the dominant ideology in British architectural culture from the late 1920s onwards. This book documents, contextualizes and explains the emergence and nature of architectural modernism in Britain between the wars.
Women's Places, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by Elizabeth Darling
This book provides new information and new interpretations in the study of gender, material culture and the built environment in the period 1860-1960.
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Darling
Elizabeth Darling trained as an art and architectural historian at University College London. Since then she has taught, researched and published in the history of 19th and 20th century architecture. She is now a Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University.
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