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Modernist Estates: the buildings and the people who live in them gives us an inside look at remarkable and sometimes controversial estates in Britain and their impact on the lives of their communities. Featuring twenty-one modernist homes and their residents, including the Barbican, the Isokon, Balfron Tower and Park Hill, it provides an overview of the building, architect ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 25th 2015 by Frances Lincoln
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jzthompson
There's a really interesting disconnect at the heart of this book. On the one hand, you have clear-sighted potted histories of the modernist estates, with smart insight into the good and bad sides of these developments. On the other hand, a lot of the book is taken up with 'aspirational' lifestyle puff pieces interviewing various upper middle class incomers to the estates. Nearly all of these interviewees are white, attractive and working in the creative industries. Many of the potted histories ...more
Gareth Evans
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
There are three distinct parts to each ‘chapter’ in this book and these can be rated separately as follows

Overview of development- 5 stars - a model of concision perfectly explaining the context and complemented by well chosen photographs of the estate at the time of first completion.

Photographs of buildings - 2 stars - pretty tedious really. Where original features are shown they are interesting, but in general you get not-especially-good photographs of living spaces whi
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Jessie Scott
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
There isn’t a lot of positive commentary out there about housing estates, so this was refreshing. The brief yet detailed history of each modernist estate’s conception and use up to the present was interesting, although I thought the book could have done with more exterior pictures and less of the interiors, as three-quarters of these looked virtually identical anyway. The Barbican Centre is my favourite place in the whole of London so Barbican Estate remains my dream address, but I also think th ...more
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