Frederick Gibberd, Paperback Book

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This book gives, for the first time, acomprehensive account of the works of architect, town planner and landscapearchitect, Sir Frederick Gibberd. At thebeginning of his diverse and far-reaching career, Gibberd was a pioneer ofmodern architecture in Britain - he designed Pullman Court in 1933, one of thefirst International Style buildings in the country. His association with the Modern ArchitecturalResearch (MARS) Group and his influential publications put him at the forefrontof the establishment of modern architecture in Britain. During the 1940s, however, Gibberd's interestshifted to the aesthetics of English market towns and Georgian streets; hisdiaries reveal a belief that the Modern Movement had `done its job', allowingarchitects to consider the visual, rather than functional qualities ofmaterials, colour and texture. After theSecond World War, his master plan for Harlow New Town and his influential book Town Design conveyed his growinginterest in `visual planning'; he had become an international authority on thesubject. His later projects, LiverpoolMetropolitan Cathedral (1967) and Regent's Park Mosque (1977) for example, alsoreflected his aesthetic approach, prompting many to question his role as a keyfigure in the history of modern British architecture. This reassessment of Gibberd's work demonstrates,that with his visual approach to the design of buildings, spaces, townscapesand landscapes, Gibberd was at the forefront of the development of a softer,distinctly English form of modern architecture and town planning, thus,reaffirming his role as a significant architect of the 20th century.

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