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Read ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë John Grindrod John Grindrod Ë 5 Summary Summary Concretopia Change and excitement What he finds is a story of dazzling space age optimism ingenuity and helipads so many helipads tempered by protests deadly collapses and scandals that shook the government Concretopia is an accessible warm and revealing social history of an aspect of Britain often ignored insulted and misunderstood It will change the way you look at Arndale Centres tower blocks and concrete forever on the KindleI really enjoyed the trip around post war developmentsreignited an interest in the subject reaffirmed my attraction to many brutalist buildings introduced me to some new ones and sent me off on a search for the designers of Park Mead estate in Cranleigh surely influenced by the wonderful much smaller scale Span developmentsBut the photos are not very good and there are far to few of them plans maps etc

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Read ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë John Grindrod John Grindrod Ë 5 Summary Summary Concretopia TOWER BLOCKS FLYOVERS STREETS IN THE SKY ONCE THIS WAS THE FUTURE Was Britain's postwar rebuilding the height of midcentury chic or the concrete embodiment of Crap Towns John Grindrod decided to find out how blitzed slum ridden and crumbling 'austerity Britain' became in a few short years a space age world of concrete steel and glass On his journey he visits the sleepy Norfolk birthplace of Brutalism the My father worked for Chamberlin Powell Bon and the LCC before heading abroad Coming back to England in the early 70s moving into a Bryant semi in Newport Pagnell as Milton Keynes was wrested from the clay soil of the Ouse Valley driving along the last remaining country lanes in our mustard gold Marina with shiny olive green plastic seats travelling to school on British Rail s olive green artificial fibre seats in the clear varnished plywood coaches then DIY ing our own plywood bedrooms with Habitat self assembly furniture orange cushions and attending uni in Rik Mayall s bombed out Manchester on holiday driving through Cumbernauld Harlow Welwyn all these and a thousand other memories are stirred by Grindrod s odyssey through the concrete and prefab hangover that was the 70s and the apocalyptic 80s that

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Read ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë John Grindrod John Grindrod Ë 5 Summary Summary Concretopia Once Blitzed city centre of Plymouth the futuristic New Town of Cumbernauld Sheffield's innovative streets in the sky the foundations of the BT tower and the brave 1950s experiments in the Gorbals Along the way he meets New Town pioneers tower block builders Barbican architects old retainers of Coventry Cathedral proud prefab dwellers and sixties town planners people who lived through a time of phenomenal Between the end of the war and the mid 1970s some very interesting buildings appeared in Britain As Grindrod points out these are often derided as concrete monstrosities but the story of their development and their relationship with the people who lived and worked in them is fascinating This book could have been fearsomely dry but Grindrod is a affable guide reporting on his own experience and research The result is an easy mildly amusing read which avoids dodgy puns favoured by some writers of this style of literature or too much technical detail about shuttering concrete or creating glass walls It s an excellent light social history and will appeal to readers of Douglas Kynaston Marvellous one of my books of the year


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    ebook book Concretopia – John Grindrod Download One of the back cover blurbs describes this as like eavesdropping on a conversation between Betjeman Meades and Ballard That’s balls obviously; any such conversation would either rapidly detour away from architecture and end up as eg an exchange of filthy limericks or else it would be an ill tempered and waspish busine

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    ebook book Concretopia – John Grindrod Download John Grindrod Ë 5 Summary Read ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë John Grindrod My father worked for Chamberlin Powell Bon and the LCC before heading abroad Coming back to England in the early 70s moving into a Bryant semi in Newport Pagnell as Milton Keynes was wrested from the clay soil of the Ouse Valley driving along the last remaining country lanes in our mustard gold Marina with shiny olive green plastic seats; travelling to school on British Rail's olive green artificial fibre seats in the clear varnished ply

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    Read ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë John Grindrod John Grindrod Ë 5 Summary Summary Concretopia 45 Stars“By 1951 eight million homes had been declared unfit for habitation of which seven million had no hot water and six million no inside toilet In 1949 a fifth of London homes were officially classed as slums For bombed out families crushed into sharing homes with relatives or strangers the relief of peace was soon overshadowed by p

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    ebook book Concretopia – John Grindrod Download A lovely read which I carried around for months I found all the descriptions of new towns and council estates being carefully planned out for people who actually liked living in them to be immensely soothing Maybe this book is best read in tandem with 'Estates' by Lynsey Hanley who explains how things didn't work out in a lot of places But it made me look up videos of Cumbernauld gave me a new found respect for Welwyn Garden Ci

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    ebook book Concretopia – John Grindrod Download Between the end of the war and the mid 1970s some very 'interesting' buildings appeared in Britain As Grindrod points out these are often derided as concrete monstrosities but the story of their development and their relationship with the people who lived and worked in them is fascinating This book could have been fearsomely dry but Grindrod is a affable guide reporting on his own experience and research The result is an easy mi

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    Summary Concretopia ebook book Concretopia – John Grindrod Download John Grindrod Ë 5 Summary I enjoyed this very much I'm probably less of a fan of the concrete stuff than the author is it really doesn't look all that nice and

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    Read ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë John Grindrod ebook book Concretopia – John Grindrod Download Thoroughly enjoyable well told and very clearly enthusiastically researched romp through the modernistbrutalist rebuilding of Britain absolutely delightful something to be savoured I'd have loved and clearer photographs of all those beautiful concrete monstrosities but that's a very minor criticism and there's than enoug

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    ebook book Concretopia – John Grindrod Download John Grindrod Ë 5 Summary Summary Concretopia A decent introduction to the story of post war housing in Britain The story is well told and the pace is maintained althou

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    ebook book Concretopia – John Grindrod Download on the KindleI really enjoyed the trip around post war developmentsreignited an interest in the subject reaffirmed my attraction to many 'brutalist' buildings introduced me to some new ones and sent me off on a search for the designers of Park Mead estate in Cranleigh surely influenced by the wonderful much smaller scale Span developmentsBut the photos are not very good and there are far to few of them plans maps etc

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    John Grindrod Ë 5 Summary Read ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë John Grindrod Summary Concretopia This is a delight Beautifully written funny and demonstrative of so much research Grindrod is both honest and affectionate about the modernist buildings of the post war era in Britain He recognises their flaws as well as celebrating what the

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