Architectural Cultures in Britain
Routledge – 2006 – 216 pages
In this well illustrated volume, Andrew Higgott demonstrates how architectural books and journals have created twentieth century architectural culture in Britain.
Mediating Modernism discusses the publications, language and images which, in the act of 'describing', 'interpreting' or 'illustrating' the architecture, have created it in architectural discourse. Whilst numerous recent books have radically re-thought the construct of modernism, this is the first book to re-think modernism in relation to British architecture.
This rich work introduces architecture students to this significant, but largely untouched area of architectural history and applies processes of rethinking to the development of more complex interpretations of British architecture.
'This is an interesting and useful book … Higgott's book is enjoyable to read.' – Architectural Review
'[makes] a significant … contribution to the study of British architectural culture.' - The Magazine of the Twentieth Century Society
1. Making it New: The Discourses of Architecture and Modernism in Britain 2. The Mission of Modernism: James Richards and the Architectural Review 3. The Forgetting of Art: The Abercrombie Plan for Post-War London 4. The Shift to the Specific: The New Interpretation of Materiality in Brutalism and the Functional Tradition 5. The Opposite of Architecture: Archigram and Architectural Design in the Sixties 6. Searching for the Subject: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association School 7. Architecture as Discourse: Rethinking the Culture of Architecture
Andrew Higgott is Principal Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Visual Arts, University of East London. An architectural historian, he has previously contributed to a number of books including Travels in Modern Architecture (Architectural Association 1990), Architecture and the Sites of History (Butterworth, 1995), The Modern City Revisited (Routledge, 2000) and Peter Salter: 4+1 (Black Dog, 2000).