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Robin Hood Gardens: Re-Visions

Alan Powers

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 175

  • Publisher: Twentieth Century Society

  • Date Published: Nov 2010

  • Stock Code: 70414

  • ISBN: 9780955668715

  • Binding: Paperback

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Robin Hood Gardens in Tower Hamlets, East London, was designed by Alison + Peter Smithson and completed in 1972. In 2008, this large social housing scheme was threatened with demolition and became a controversial conservation case. The government refused to give it protection as a historic building despite widespread public support for its retention. This book uncovers the history of the project, arguing for its historical and architectural significance and for its future role in local housing provision. It includes contributions by architects Richard Rogers and Zaha Hadid, with previously unpublished text and pictures by Alison + Peter Smithson and photographs by Sandra Lousada and Ioana Marinescu.

The contributors include Catherine Croft, Alan Powers, Dirk van den Heuvel, Ken Baker, Simon Smithson, Amanda Baillieu, Zaha Hadid, Sir Stuart Lipton, Peter St John, Neil Jackson, Deborah Saunt, Richard Rogers, Ann Power, and Dan Cruickshank.

About the Author

Alan Powers

Alan Powers is Professor of Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich and Chairman of The Twentieth Century Society. He has published widely on twentieth century architecture, art and design. His recent books include Britain in the series Modern Architectures in History from Reaktion Books, and Art and Print: the Curwen Story, published by Tate. His book on Serge Chermayeff was published by RIBA Publishing in 2001 and is still available. Other activities include curating exhibitions, such as Eric Ravilious: imagined realities at the Imperial War Museum, 2003 and Modern Britain 1929-39 at the Design Museum, 1999. In October 2009, he is curating an exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, in which the Royal Mail Sorting Office at Hemel Hempstead by Aldington, Craig and Collinge, will represent the firm’s work in a selection of eight ‘principled buildings’ chosen at 25 year intervals from 1834, the foundation of the RIBA, to 2009, its 175th anniversary.

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