Lost Destination / a concrete island

Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945-1975 is a new book by Elain Harwood, the latest in a line of recent books about concrete and society, architecture and nostalgia. Many people find it hard to get authentically nostalgic about the legacy of concrete architecture in Britain (although some manage just fine – the imagery above comes from We are Dorothy: Lost Destination: Britain’s Concrete Heritage). But these buildings represent an era in danger of disappearing altogether, buried by self interest and distaste for any ideological association with a tainted past.

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