Anti-Ugly: Excursions in English Architecture and Design by Gavin Stamp

By Gavin Stamp

Since 2004 Gavin Stamp, one in every of Britain’s most outstanding and readable architectural historians, has written a per 30 days column for Apollo, the esteemed structure and tremendous paintings journal. the topic is just no matter what in layout or structure occurs to take his fancy. it'd be the sumptuous reopening of the excellent 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 large majesty of the airship sheds that housed the R.101. yet whereas those items exhibit a superb variety and diversity, they're unified by means of Stamp’s wider quest: to discover, outline and champion the very Englishness of English structure and layout. whilst effective examples are preserved and restored, he celebrates; once they fall sufferer to philistine overlook – or, worse, demolition – he mourns. And while the stylish is overshadowed by means of the only modish, he deplores. In Anti-Ugly, Stamp has chosen the simplest of those ‘excursions’, generating a compulsively readable assortment that builds into an eloquent, realized, trenchant and sometimes angry portrait of our nationwide layout heritage.

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