Sunday, 9 November 2008

Reyner v Royston

Only just started getting into these architecture books from the '60's/'70's Brutalist/Modernist era, but I'm immediately struck just as much by the covers as by the contents. I've got a huge old gold on red embossed jacket-less HMSO housing guide called 'Development Plans: A Manual on Form and Content' (which Stanley Donwood might have based his scuffed & frayed 'Amnesiac' designs on) but the best are the two featured here.

Sadly neither designer is credited, and although the op art piece featured on 'New Directions in British Architecture' by Royston Landau to the right is pretty tasty, the brilliant worm-like thing on the cover of Reyner Banham's 'The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment' softback (presumably meant to represent the electrical and gas systems of buildings on which designs the book specifically concentrates) wins out easily here.

I'll get on and read them now.


  1. Marvellous items. Similar, but not quite the same, I was pleased to pick up an ex-library copy of the Faber Book of Motorways a while back.

  2. Jesus. What year is that from? I've got a copy of 'Living In Towns', a collection of essays which were "written to accompany a series of programmes first broadcast on BBC-1 on Sundays at 11:30am beginning on 2nd October, 1966". It originally cost 8s 6d, but I paid a touch more for it.

    Someone should write a book on these books.