Lost Futures: the Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain by Owen Hopkins
Brultalism and architectural modernism are finding a new moment, of that there is no doubt. This interest seems shrouded in nostalgia however, an urge to look back at what 'was', whereas the spirit of the thirty-five buildings documented in this book, when designed & built, was defined by a vision of a better future.
Lost Futures combs through the rubble of these buildings, now mostly demolished, to examine the cultural, social, political and economic contexts in which they were built, a time when "a belief in progress underlay innovation in design".
Featuring work by Erno Goldfinger, James Stirling, Israel Ellis, Alison and Peter Smithson and more, this book is a fascinating look back at what could have been.