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1960s University Buildings: The Golden Age of British Modern Architecture

John Barr

The 1960s continues to hold an almost mythical place in Western culture, particularly in Britain, where change was widespread and infiltrated many aspects of life. This included architecture, where its role in a modern democracy and the form it should take was hotly debated. Through an examination of university building, Barr discusses this phase of architectural thinking. While there were notable buildings being built in other spheres, no other provided the opportunity to express those ideas as freely, while reflecting innovative new thinking about education and society. Somehow, the university buildings of the 1960s seemed to represent the cutting edge of modern architecture in the UK. This book provides the first critical analysis and overview of these buildings, designed by some of the leading British architects of the period. By placing the buildings in a wider social, cultural and political context, it examines the combination of circumstances and attitudes that produced results that are equally admired and detested and allows us to understand how we might replicate or avoid them in the future.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
  • Publish Date: Jun 26th, 2025
  • Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781848226708
  • Categories: CriticismHistory - Contemporary (1945 -)

About the Author

Following graduation from Strathclyde University in 1976, John Barr worked on the design and site supervision of a wide variety of projects in the UK, Netherlands and the Middle East before moving to Japan in 1988, where he became the first British architect to gain a first-class license and established his practice in Kobe. Since 2012, he has combined practise with teaching at Strathclyde University Department of Architecture.