Category Archives: Old Things

Parliament in the abstract

I quite liked Bernard Porter’s suggestion in the London Review of Books that MPs should be removed from the Palace of Westminster during its impending refurbishment. But not for the reason he gave. To suggest that it is only by relocating parliament that “they … Continue reading

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Why Park Hill Should Live

Reyner Banham liked Park Hill. To the greatest critical champion of New Brutalism, it was ‘the biggest brutalist building ever completed’ an example of all that he had, once at least, held dear. In his book The New Brutalism, written … Continue reading

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Standing in front of a bookcase, feeling baffled.

It would be fair to say that even amongst the librarians here there is a fair amount of amusement— or bewilderment— about the Norman D Stevens archive .  Stevens is the retired director of university libraries at the University of Connecticut and, … Continue reading

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Souvenirs For Buildings That Don’t Exist

There is a moment in Superman III

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Of Montreal

After the establishment of the Committee d’Organisation des Jeux Olympique (COJO) in 1972, the body tasked with not just running the Olympic Games in Montreal but controversially to build the structures, the Canadian Ambassador for Argentina wrote to his superiors … Continue reading

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The Pompidou Centre Inside Battersea Power Station

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All The People

Just a short walk north from the Olympic stadium, up a canal dug in the 1770s, is the Hackney Marshes. Unprepossessing on a weekday with the wind whipping in from the west, this site has in a fact become defined … Continue reading

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Ruskin in Venice

The years that John Ruskin spent in Venice are no longer just an important biographical fact about an eminent art Victorian critic. They have become a narrative prism through which to assess architecture’s role in contemporary society. This month the … Continue reading

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A True Commonwealth

Jordan Baseman’s excellent art piece which was displayed at the Collective Gallery in Edinburgh earlier this year tiptoes cleverly around some of the aesthetic and political issues that surround Britain’s civic modernist heritage.

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Hotel El Duce

Dan Dubowitz’s latest photography exhibition starts at Fermynwoods next month. These pictures predominantly of youth camps from the fascist era grew, as Dan’s projects do, out of a series of road trips. The pictures from this particular series were taken … Continue reading

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