John Grindrod at La Biblioteka
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Join John Grindrod for a special Q&A with Eddy Read of the Modernist Society, in celebration of his fascinating new book, Iconicon: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain. Sheffield’s relatively small features – here today, gone tomorrow Centre for Popular Music and the drawn-out renovation of Park Hill – might reflect the city’s red wall, but the rest of the book offers lessons about what may be just around the corner – for better or worse – in South Yorkshire.
About Iconicon: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain:
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, a reminder of the forces that have shaped our modern landscape.
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.
Image credit: Richard de Pesando