Home truths and tall tales

Two insightful books defend the architecture of the mid-20th century and the reputation of the man whose two most famous buildings were destroyed on TV. By Rowan Moore

His preoccupation is the idea that bodies and buildings should have similarities of proportion


Mid-Century Britain: Modern Architecture 1938-1963 Elain Harwood Batsford, £25, pp288 Sandfuture Justin Beal Mit Press, £19.99, pp272 Charles Jencks wrote, “in St Louis, Missouri on 15 July 1972 at 3.32pm (or thereabouts).” This was when, he said,...

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