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Recommended Reading - Architects and their Projects

Houses: Created by Peter Aldington

Houses: Created by Peter Aldington by Peter Aldington

RIBA Publishing Apr 2016

Peter Aldington is one of the most influential designers of post-war houses in Britain and this book is a collection of all the houses that he ‘created’, either individually or with his two partners John Craig and Paul Collinge. There were many more unbuilt, and a selection of these are also included as well as a number of alterations and additions. Many of the articles in the book have been reproduced unedited, so they are a record of the architectural opinion of the time. The book is not just a unique record of the Practice’s houses, but is, in itself, a work created by Peter Aldington, who made the selections from the Aldington, Craig and Collinge archive and has beautifully designed and laid the book to page.

Eric Lyons and Span

Eric Lyons and Span by Barbara Simms

RIBA Publishing Jul 2012

Due to popular demand we are delighted to offer Eric Lyons and Span once again. Lavishly illustrated and deeply researched, this book celebrates the work of the architect Eric Lyons OBE (1912-1980), whose famous post-war housing - that today would be marketed as 'lifestyle housing' - is as well loved today as it was vibrantly successful when first constructed. Built almost entirely for Span Developments, its mission was to provide an affordable environment "that gave people a lift".

Ecoarchitecture: The Work of Ken Yeang

Ecoarchitecture: The Work of Ken Yeang by Sara Hart

Wiley Mar 2011

Ken Yeang is internationally recognised as the leading proponent of ecological design in architecture. In 2008, he was tipped by The Guardian to be one of the '50 people who could save the planet'. He has built over 200 buildings globally and published numerous books advocating an environmentally responsive approach to design. He is probably best known as the inventor of the green skyscraper; it was his innovative idea to incorporate bioclimatic features in a high-density building type. It is for this and his ecological urban design that he has gained a uniquely influential position within architecture. Though he has authored many books about his work and his ideas, this is the first definitive book to cover his forty-year career.

Twentieth Century Architects: Leonard Manasseh & Partners

Twentieth Century Architects: Leonard Manasseh & Partners by Timothy Brittain-Catlin

RIBA Publishing Nov 2010

Leonard Manasseh was an ‘architect’s architect’, greatly admired by his contemporaries both on a personal and professional level. He came to prominence at the Festival of Britain and went on to be one of the leading British architects of the 1960s, designing private houses and offices as well as major public commissions.

Twentieth Century Architects: John Madin

Twentieth Century Architects: John Madin by Alan Clawley

RIBA Publishing Feb 2011

John Madin was the indisputable master of post-war architecture in Birmingham. The work of Madin and his associates had a profound influence on the reshaping of the city after the war, producing some of the most iconic buildings of that period, such as the Birmingham Central Library, the Chamber of Commerce and the Post and Mail Building.

Trained in the modernist style but too much of a craftsman to abandon decoration, his work is characterised by attention to detail, a preference for natural materials and a desire for decoration and art in his buildings. Many have characterised Madin as a commercial architect, but as the author argues, there was another side to his work: his conservationist approach to the development plan for the Calthorpe Estate, his workman-like master-planning of Dawley, Telford and Corby new towns, his public service commissions, and his design and layout of housing schemes that are still lived-in and popular today, testify to his commitment to human values.