The Strange Death of Architectural Criticism: Martin Pawley Collected Writings

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  • Copyright: 2007-12-11
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The Strange Death of Architectural Criticism is a collection of 100 essays and articles by Martin Pawley, one of the most important and entertaining voices in post-war architectural criticism. Pawley studied architecture at the Oxford School of Architecture, the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and the Architectural Association in London, before embarking on a distinguished career as a writer, teacher, critic and broadcaster. Spanning Pawley'真s 40 year career, The Strange Death of Architectural Criticism is a celebration of his remarkable body of work. Beginning with his AA diploma thesis '真The Time House'真, the book includes writings on contemporary design, iconic buildings and some of the most important issues facing modern architecture as well as interviews with architects including Norman Foster, Buckminster Fuller, Leon Krier and Zaha Hadid. By turns poignant, coruscating, controversial and humorous '真 but always original and insightful '真 this book is a reminder of how exhilarating architectural writing at its best can be.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 10
Introductionp. 13
The Time House 1968p. 24
Looking for a sound 1969p. 35
Meeting Buckminster Fuller 1970p. 40
A new kind of message in a bottle 1975p. 45
My lovely student life 1975p. 48
We shall not bulldoze Westminster Abbey: Archigram and the retreat from technology 1976p. 59
Thoughts on the design of houses and banknotes 1978p. 70
This England-coming home 1980p. 72
What does vernacular really mean? 1981p. 74
The defence of modern architecture 1983p. 76
Sex, violence and design 1983p. 85
Self-build workstations: a partial history 1983p. 87
Norman Foster 6.0, 6.0, 6.0 1984p. 90
Building revisits: Coventry Cathedral 1984p. 95
Building revisits: Hunstanton School 1984p. 99
The most important building of the twentieth century 1984p. 106
Heavy stuff this symbolism 1984p. 109
Beyond messing about in boats 1984p. 113
Office design in Eternia 1985p. 117
Quinlan Terry: beyond the tantrums of modernism 1985p. 119
Plucky Jim 1985p. 123
Doubts about Lloyd's 1986p. 128
Two triumphs of twisted wire 1986p. 134
Dan Dare: an extremely small step for mankind 1986p. 140
Welcome to the House of Fun 1986p. 143
A winter school's tale 1987p. 147
Objects of our time: the Piccadilly Line train 1987p. 149
Tower blocks and tourist castles 1987p. 154
Technology transfer 1987p. 158
The secret life of the engineers 1989p. 173
Life in the urban war zone 1989p. 179
Lost arks of the air 1989p. 186
Dymaxion: the car that never flew 1989p. 189
Is ecology all hot air? 1990p. 193
A precedent for the Prince 1990p. 198
The footmen of Alexandra Road 1990p. 208
The best lecture I ever gave 1990p. 211
In pursuit of the ultimate driving machine 1990p. 215
Exogenous shock 1990p. 219
Where the big sheds are 1990p. 226
Notes on the meaning of trivial things 1991p. 229
The design origins of royal train syndrome 1991p. 233
High-tech architecture: history versus the parasites 1991p. 238
The cost of the new culture of cities 1991p. 247
Henry Ford and the biospherans 1991p. 250
What London learned from Las Vegas 1991p. 253
What's in a name? 1991p. 257
Stansted and the triumph of big sheds 1991p. 260
And you thought your car was good for nothing 1992p. 268
Nigel Coates: from nihilist to planner 1992p. 271
A full and Frank talk 1992p. 275
The case for uncreative architecture 1992p. 280
Lunch with Leon Krier 1992p. 283
Zaha escapes the pull of gravity 1993p. 288
Tales of the obsolescent 1993p. 292
Invasion of the body snatchers 1995p. 295
Invasion of the vibrators 1996p. 297
Frank Lloyd Wright fights for his life 1996p. 299
The rise of the engineer 1996p. 301
After postmodernism, terrorism 1996p. 304
Meeting the future everywhere 1997p. 307
From here to modernity 1997p. 309
Seat pocket aliens 1997p. 311
The myth of monumentality 1997p. 313
So long recycling, here comes secondary use 1997p. 318
A night to remember 1998p. 320
Terminal architecture 1998p. 322
The strange death of architectural criticism 1998p. 330
When air conditioning meets its match 1999p. 332
A brace of fins du siecles 1999p. 334
The new life of Albert Speer 2000p. 336
Traffic congestion and confusion 2000p. 338
America: it's 24-7 at mission critical 2001p. 340
Ordering buildings like hamburgers 2001p. 342
Rocket science at the AA 2001p. 344
Shooting at statues 2001p. 346
Hong Kong's space shuffle 2001p. 348
Tall buildings: the end of a civilisation 2001p. 350
How to get famous by not building anything 2002p. 352
Battleships hold the key to the future of tall buildings 2002p. 356
Saved by the intelligent toilet 2002p. 358
Why prefabrication fails 2002p. 360
Technological jewels in the crown 2003p. 362
The defining moment of modernism 2003p. 364
Porsche 911, a genetically modified machine 2003p. 366
Nonsuch Metropolitan University summer school 2003p. 372
Return of the phone box 2003p. 374
Not-so-smart intelligent buildings 2003p. 376
Henry Ford and the limits of prefabrication 2003p. 380
The end of an interface 2003p. 382
It's an ill wind... 2004p. 384
The nine ages of transport 2004p. 386
The myth of the urban future 2004p. 388
Flying antiques 2004p. 390
Heavy bottles for a picnic 2004p. 392
The strange world of luxury watches 2004p. 394
The young dig in their heels 2005p. 396
How total urbanism will come to grief 2005p. 398
The answer to an historical conundrum 2005p. 400
The biggest house sale in history 2005p. 402
Notesp. 406
Sourcesp. 413
Bibliographyp. 419
Indexp. 441
Creditsp. 448
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