302 pages | 100 B/W Illus.
Building the Post-war World examines the way in which World War II and the ten years of reconstruction that followed saw the establishment of modern architecture in Britain. It charts the opportunities created by post-war rebuilding showing how the spirit of innovation and experimentation necessary to winning the war found applications in reconstruction. Above all it shows how hopes for a new and better world became linked to the fortunes of new architecture.
'An … important and astoundingly thorough examination.' - Deborah Lewittes, JSAH, 2005
Introduction 1. Prologue: The Debate on Reconstruction 1940-42 Part 1: Rethinking the New Architecture 2. The War-Time Debate 1942-45 3. The Search for New Directions after 1945 4. 1951, From Debate to Practice 5. Old Masters and Young Turks 6. Rethinking CIAM's Ideal of the City Part II: Rebuilding Britain 7. Preparing for Reconstruction, Plans for Housing 8. New Ways of Building: Houses and Schools 9. Housing versus Architecture, London 1940-49 10. Building by the Public Sector: Schools and Housing 11. The Revival of Private Practice and the Rebuilding of City Centres 12. Conclusion Notes and References