The Architects’ Adversary

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Ian Nairn famously made his name with an edition of the Architectural Review entitled ‘Outrage’, a noisy jeremiad against the uniformity, insipidity and imaginative bereavement of the suburbs he encountered on a long, dispiriting drive from Southampton to Carlisle. That was in 1955. The date is significant. Building licences had been lifted only a few […]

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Lines of Site

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All maps leave things out. They have to, not merely to fit the information they want to give into a format many thousand of times smaller than the actual stretch of land or sea, but also in order to present it with some selective coherence. Road maps are for people sitting behind steering wheels and […]

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The Hearth of the Matter

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

British prehistory has been much in fashion of late. Recent books include Francis Pryor’s Britain BC, Barry Cunliffe’s Britain Begins and Ronald Hutton’s Pagan Britain. Now Pryor has returned to the fray with Home. What has made British prehistory such a hot topic? The answer to that question may be the dredging up in 1931 […]

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