• Uncovering a Britain that never existed

    Posted on 15th August 2013 by Andy.


    The new BBC series Unbuilt Britain is a celebration of the more wilder and imaginative architectural projects that never made it of off the drawing board. The TV series plunders the archives to discover some long forgotten buildings that would have transformed the country. One example is Joseph Paxton’s ‘Great Victorian Way’. A vast ‘Crystal Palace’ like glass loop linking many of the Capital’s railway stations to allow people to quickly traverse the city without getting caught up in the heavily congested streets.

    If it had been built it would have been the largest building in the world, so it’s not surprising that it was quickly dropped. However, many of the ideas and architects that the series highlights were visionaries and have inspired many architects working today. So don’t be surprised if some of these ideas one day do become a reality. You can see Unbuilt Britain on Monday nights on BBC 4. To find out more click here:

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  • Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

    Posted on 21st June 2013 by Andy.


    Where: Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG When: 26 June – 20 October 2013 Next week sees Tate Britain playing host to one of the country’s most prolific and distinctive painters. The exhibition, Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, is a comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s studies of industrial and urban landscapes.

    His pale colour palette, muddy tones and stylised figures will probably be quite familiar but his pictures also document life in the North of England from the 1920s to the 1950s. His large canvases of street scenes are bustling with people and lots of great details that reveal themselves the more you look. This exhibition is going to be popular, so book to avoid disappointment. Find out more:

    This Post was posted in Design Icons and was tagged with britain, exhibitions, lowry, tate

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