Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain

Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain
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128
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ISBN13:
9781910350621
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4.30
Published:
April 25th 2017 by Royal Academy Publications
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ISBN10:
1910350621

Lost Futures casts a detailed look at the wide range of buildings constructed in Britain between 1945 and 1979. Although their bold architectural aspirations reflected the forward-looking social ethos of the postwar era, many of these structures have since been either demolished or altered beyond recognition. In this volume, photographs taken at the time of the buildings' completion are accompanied by expert research examining their design and creation, the ideals they embodied and the reasons for their eventual destruction. Lost Futures covers many buildings, from housing to factories, commercial spaces to power stations, and presents the work of both iconic and er-known architects. The author charts the complex reasons that led to the loss of these postwar projects' ambitious futures, and assesses whether some might one day be restored.