Download E-books Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design PDF

Since 2004 Gavin Stamp, certainly one of Britain’s most outstanding and readable architectural historians, has written a per month column for Apollo, the esteemed structure and high-quality artwork journal. the topic is just no matter what in layout or structure occurs to take his fancy. it would be the luxurious reopening of the excellent Midland Grand resort at St Pancras Station, or the dilapidation of a little-known church in Eastbourne, the much-lamented death of the unique Routemaster bus, or the big majesty of the airship sheds that housed the R.101.

Show description

Read or Download Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design PDF

Similar Architecture books

Sustainability, Energy and Architecture: Case Studies in Realizing Green Buildings

This precise quantity deals insights from well known specialists in strength effective construction from internationally, offering a multi-faceted review of the state of the art in power effective structure. It opens through defining what constitutes a sustainable construction, suggesting bases for sorely wanted benchmarks, then explains crucial strategies and instruments to be had to engineers and designers exploring eco-friendly development applied sciences.

Bleak Houses: Disappointment and Failure in Architecture (MIT Press)

The standard historical past of structure is a grand narrative of hovering monuments and heroic makers. however it is usually a fake narrative in lots of methods, hardly acknowledging the non-public mess ups and disappointments of architects. In Bleak homes, Timothy Brittain-Catlin investigates the bottom of structure, the tales of losers and unfulfillment usually neglected by means of an architectural feedback that values novelty, reputation, and virility over fallibility and rejection.

The Container Principle: How a Box Changes the Way We Think (Infrastructures)

We are living in a global prepared round the box. Standardized twenty- and forty-foot delivery bins hold fabric items throughout oceans and over land; supply defend, workplace house, and garage means; motivate movies, novels, metaphors, and paradigms. this present day, TEU (Twenty Foot an identical Unit, the professional dimension for transport packing containers) has turn into anything like a world foreign money.

Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House

Fallingwater emerging is a biography now not of someone yet of the main well-known residence of the 20th century. students and the general public have lengthy extolled the home that Frank Lloyd Wright perched over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937, however the complete tale hasn't ever been advised. whilst he received the fee to layout the home, Wright was once nearing seventy, his early life and his early status long past.

Extra resources for Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design

Show sample text content

The customer can now be steamed, pummelled, covered in bathtub dust and revel in every kind of (expensive) remedies in what's now known as Thermae bathtub Spa yet, notably, can splash approximately within the hot, mineral-rich water excessive up lower than the open sky within the centre of England’s oldest and so much celebrated spa. bathtub is again in company, and Grimshaw’s construction already appears set to restore its fortunes. Conspicuously smooth it can be, with its relentless glass partitions, however it additionally represents a welcome go back to culture. ‘One could imagine the English have been geese; they're for ever waddling to the waters,’ complained Horace Walpole in 1790. yet, because the past due E. S. Turner persevered in his Taking the healing released in 1967, ‘the English are less spa-minded than they was once. they're travelers, now not curistes. they generally tend to appear askance at these dank, if now not doubtful, wells capped by means of flanking pavilions, these dingles haunted by way of arthritic semi-ambulants…’ this can be mirrored within the wretched contemporary historical past of bathtub. Such is our subservience to mechanistic medication and the drug businesses that the nationwide well-being provider withdrew aid for water remedies in 1976 and years later a suspected deadly malicious program within the water led to the closure of all of the baths. Scandalously, the folk of tub, and Britain, have been denied entry to the sacred scorching waters which bubble up from deep under flooring and which were used and loved for millennia – due to the fact Roman occasions and past. All that now continues to be to redeem tub is for the Roman tub and King’s bathtub through the Pump Room to be reopened for swimmers and never simply to be taken care of as archaeology to be gazed at via travelers. yet, for the instant, now we have Thomas Baldwin’s overdue Georgian enclosure of the go bathtub, restored and rebuilt through Donald Insall affiliates (unfortunately in a fashion which makes nonsense of the historical fabric); John Wood’s sizzling bathtub, now roofed over with glass; and Grimshaw’s New Royal bathtub tucked at the back of. it is a multi-storey constitution: a stone-faced dice inside glass partitions that stick to the road traces on aspects. on the backside is the Minerva tub (the Romans devoted their spa the following to that fierce goddess), unusually curvaceous in plan (for a minimalist, high-tech architect, that's) during which swimmers can negotiate round 4 reinforced-concrete ‘dendriform’ columns. those spreading helps – corresponding to Frank Lloyd Wright’s on the Johnson Wax manufacturing unit – stand up throughout the construction – throughout the altering and remedy rooms, and during the round glass enclosures within the science-fiction steam rooms – to aid the huge weight of the rooftop pool. All this can be a triumph of engineering, yet is it nice structure, invaluable to be in comparison with the Pump Room, the meeting Rooms and the creations of John wooden and others that make tub so amazing as a Classical urban? the matter is that architects of Grimshaw’s iteration and outlook can't have interaction with different architectural types and feature a Puritanical horror of color and ornament.

Rated 4.12 of 5 – based on 43 votes