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New PDF release: Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design

By Gavin Stamp

Since 2004 Gavin Stamp, certainly one of Britain’s most outstanding and readable architectural historians, has written a per thirty days column for Apollo, the esteemed structure and effective paintings journal. the topic is just no matter what in layout or structure occurs to take his fancy. it would be the sumptuous reopening of the very good Midland Grand lodge at St Pancras Station, or the dilapidation of a little-known church in Eastbourne; the much-lamented dying of the unique Routemaster bus, or the giant majesty of the airship sheds that housed the R.101. yet whereas those items reveal a superb diversity and diversity, they're unified by way of Stamp’s wider quest: to discover, outline and champion the very Englishness of English structure and layout. whilst advantageous examples are preserved and restored, he celebrates; once they fall sufferer to philistine overlook – or, worse, demolition – he mourns. And while the dependent is overshadowed by way of the basically modish, he deplores. In Anti-Ugly, Stamp has chosen the easiest of those ‘excursions’, generating a compulsively readable assortment that builds into an eloquent, discovered, trenchant and infrequently offended portrait of our nationwide layout heritage.

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