Building the Post-war World: Modern Architecture and Reconstruction in Britain

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Architecture - 287 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Prologue The wartime debate on reconstruction
3
The wartime debate
25
The search for new directions after 1945
39
1951 from debate to practice
61
Old masters and young Turks the formation of a new avantgarde
95
Rethinking CIAMs ideal of the city
131
Preparing for reconstruction plans for housing 194245
151
New ways of building for houses and schools
169
Housing versus architecture London 194049
199
Building by the local authorities schools and housing
219
The revival of private and commercial practice
245
Conclusion
277
Index
283
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Nicholas Bullock is a fellow of King's College Cambridge. He teaches at Cambridge and the Architectural Association, and has lectured at many other universities in the UK, USA and Europe. He is now researching the post-war development of the Paris suburbs.

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