The Shock of the Old: A Guide to British Buildings

The Shock of the Old: A Guide to British Buildings

by PeterAshley (Author), PhilipWilkinson (Author)


Traditional British architecture was never as conservative as those who now champion it. In this examination of our architectural heritage Philip Wilkinson discovers that the buildings of the past were often dramatically modern statements of form and technology. In medieval cathedrals and the terraced houses of the industrial revolution, in the palaces of the eighteenth century right back to the early buildings of the Romans. The Shock of the Old reveals a great British history of uninhibited and innovative design. Wilkinson argues that contemporary architecture has lost its way because it romanticises periods and styles of the past. We have become nostalgic about materials like iron and brick, but of course when they were invented they were shockingly new. This is a radical reassessment of British architecture today.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Channel 4 Books
Published: 07 Sep 2001

ISBN 10: 0752261789
ISBN 13: 9780752261782

Author Bio
Phillip Wilkinson has written over 40 books for publishers such as Macmillan, Dorling Kindersley and Dragon's World (Collins & Brown), and recently won a US Institute of Architects award for the best children's book on architecture. He has provided editorial consultancy on services for a variety of clients including Rolfe Judd, the London architectural practice and the British Library.