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John Grindrod

A captivating exploration of Britain’s most iconic contemporary buildings, from the Barratt home to the Millennium Dome.

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9780571348152
Date Published
01.03.2022
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A captivating exploration of Britain’s most iconic contemporary buildings, from the Barratt home to the Millennium Dome.

‘A love letter to contemporary buildings and a fantastic account of recent British history, rich in humour.’ NINA STIBBE

‘Brilliant, encyclopaedic, funny and often cutting.’ DANNY DORLING

‘An eloquent, witty, passionate tour of Britain since the 1980s.’ JOHN BOUGHTON

‘Recounts the stories of our lived landscapes with wit, passion and a shot of anger.’ TOM DYCKHOFF

‘Grindrod has spoken to everyone and his observations are humane and acute.’ OWEN HATHERLEY

Wimpey homes. Millennium monuments. Riverside flats. Wind farms. Spectacular skyscrapers. City centre apartments. Out of town malls.

The buildings designed in our lifetimes encapsulate the dreams and aspirations of our culture, while also revealing the sobering realities. Whether modest or monumental, they offer a living history of Britain, symbols of the forces that have shaped our modern landscape and icons in their own right.

ICONICON is an enthralling journey around the Britain we have created since 1980: the horrors and delights, the triumphs and failures. From space-age tower blocks to suburban business parks, and from postmodernist exuberance to Passivhaus eco-efficiency, this is at once a revelatory architectural grand tour and an endlessly witty and engaging piece of social history.

Critic Reviews

A love letter to contemporary buildings and a fantastic account of recent British history, rich in humour.

Nina Stibbe
Critic Reviews

A brilliant, encyclopaedic, funny and often cutting dissection of the kaleidoscopic mess of buildings and places that the British created during most of our lifetimes. A sympathetic survey of the architectural remnants from the no such thing as society era.

Danny Dorling
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Grindrod’s follow-up to Concretopia is, if anything, even better. Again, he has spoken to everyone from council tenants to Right to Buyers to bankers to architects to politicians, and again, his observations are humane and acute. Here, he gives the post-Thatcher era as much benefit of the doubt as he can muster, but as the book goes on it builds into a justified anger, and ends with some very hard-won hope.

Owen Hatherley
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In this eloquent, witty, passionate tour of Britain since the 1980s, Grindrod provides a superb exposition of the politics and architecture that have shaped a landscape at once both familiar and already strangely historic. In its accounts of the best and worst of recent design, from the marvellous to the mundane to the frankly mean, this is a deeply humane book that does much to explain the world in which we live.

John Boughton
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Few writers on architecture can do what Grindrod does: he astutely observes the landscapes we all live in, weaves them into his own life, researches them with the doggedness of a true geek, talks to those that know them better than anyone - the ones who live in those landscapes - and recounts their stories with wit, passion and a shot of anger, directed with perfect aim at those in power.

Tom Dyckhoff
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Grindrod tells the story of the modern city from Thatcher to Today, taking in Po-Mo and PFI to Pop-Ups and pandemics. Politics, architecture and planning combine in a vital argument that the built environment is not just where we live but has a powerful impact on who we are. Grindrod is an architectural Daniel Defoe on a tour of our island, excavating our recent past, and our possible futures.

Leo Hollis, author of Inheritance
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John Grindrod is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain (2013) and Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt (2017), which was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize. @Grindrod / johngrindrod.co.uk

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