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A Guide to Modernism in Metro-Land

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A Guide to Modernism in Metro-Land is your essential pocket guide to the modernist architecture of London's suburbs. Inspired by John Betjeman's 1973 documentary Metro-Land and the writing of Ian Nairn, it examines the growth of the city's suburbs from the 1920s up to the present day – a story that is closely interwoven with the development of innovative architecture in Br ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by Unbound
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John Kaye
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm sure when I pledged for this book on Unbound, it wasn't going to be a pocket book, but that's what I got. As a pocketbook, it may be OK, but the format means that not all the buildings are pictured, and those that are are rather too small, which is big minus for this sort of arcitectural book, and the descripctions are shorter than I'd have liked. Those entries that do have a proper rubrick are quite good, though, and the author's style and knowledge come through well. Two stars, primarily b ...more
Stefan
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
a thoughtful and inspirational (enough to drag me into a walk in London's north suburbs) selection of modernist designs in London's 'metroland', to the point, one the brink of being a bit too succinct;
sadly a prove why even best guides are loosing with internet these days, noninteractive maps, on ability to 'dig deeper' if particular specimen attracts attention, no info if interiors are accessible (at push) nor if the buildings still exist (in some cases); a very nice signpost..
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Alan Fricker
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Not quite what I was expecting when I backed it as this is a very pocket sized book. The images suffer as a result and a number of entries hint at bigger stories to be told. Maybe it needed to be a smaller area or a bigger book
Andrew Watson
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great pocket sized book for exporing the suburbs modernist buildings. It is broken down into different boroughs and features maps and photographs of all the (many!) buildings.
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