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1950s

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    From the archive: Ian Nairn’s Subtopia from June 1955Subscription

    1 June, 1955Updated: 3 May, 2018 By Ian Nairn

    Archive: Ian Nairn’s manifesto for ‘the main-in-the-street’ is a searing critique of suburbia – or ‘Subtopia’ – which is as relevant now as it was when it was published in 1955

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    Outrage: the birth of Subtopia will be the death of usSubscription

    1 June, 1955Updated: 7 August, 2015 By Ian Nairn

    [Archive] Ian Nairn’s seminal polemic against banal suburban development

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    The New Brutalism by Reyner BanhamSubscription

    27 July, 2010 By Reyner Banham

    In his seminal December 1955 essay Architectural Critic Reyner Banham attempts to codify the then emerging architectural movement of Brutalism

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    1951 April: 'Building with wit' by Nikolaus PevsnerSubscription

    2 August, 2010 By Nikolaus Pevsner

    [ARCHIVE] Nikolaus Pevsner’s essay on the architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens, first published April 1951

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    AR Archive: BrasiliaSubscription

    25 October, 2010 By J. M. Richards, J. de Sousa-Leão

    [Archive] An update on the construction of Brazil’s new capital by J. M. Richards first published February 1959

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    1950 May: 'Mannerism and Modern Architecture' by Colin RoweSubscription

    28 March, 2011 By Colin Rowe

    Colin Rowe applies the conception of Mannerism to the architecture of the Modern Movement

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    1951 August: The Exhibition as LandscapeSubscription

    28 June, 2011

    The Exhibition as Landscape takes on the form of an illustrated tour of the 1951 exhibition. The article discusses and analyses the broader visual effects resulting from the application of the principles of the Picturesque to the new town layout of the South Bank

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    1951 August: Forward to Festival of BritainSubscription

    28 June, 2011

    Conceived at a moment that seemed anything but propitious for holding a great exhibition, the South Bank exhibition triumphantly demonstrated the vitality of contemporary British architecture by introducing a new standard of planning

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    Gordon Cullen: South Bank translated Subscription

    29 June, 2011

    English architect, designer, and influencer of the Townscape movement, Cullen presents the planning principles of which the South Bank exhibition was so triumphant before the permanent redevelopment of the area was undertaken

  • AR 1957 September - House at Watford, Herts Pages 1 and 2

    1957 September: House at Watford Subscription

    18 January, 2012 By Alison and Peter Smithson

    A post-war estate house in Watford experiences a solicitous restyle

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