McMorran & Whitby
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        31 Oct 2009

        Summary

        McMorran & Whitby are arguably one of the most unsung practices of post-war British architecture. This is the first major publication on their work and contains a combination of contemporary photography and previously unpublished archival material.
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        Main Summary

          McMorran & Whitby are a secret presence in post-war British architecture. Led from the late 1950s by Donald McMorran and George Whitby, the practice represented an unbroken development from the monumental inter-war classicism represented by figures such as Charles Holden and Sir Edwin Lutyens. In seeking an alternative path for modern architecture, McMorran & Whitby produced durable buildings with a respect for context, but avoided any accusation of unimaginatively reproducing the past.

          Theirs was a progressive classicism full of invention and beauty. Being out of fashion, they suffered neglect but their work has increasingly won admirers and many of the buildings are now listed.
          This book is the first major publication on McMorran & Whitby’s work, with an inspiring combination of contemporary photography and previously unpublished archival material. It is an essential read for architects, students, and historians, not least because it uncovers and celebrates buildings outside the mainstream that we need to understand and cherish.

          This book has been commissioned as part of a series of books on 20th Century Architects by RIBA Publishing, English Heritage and The Twentieth Century Society.

          Additional Information

          Series

          Twentieth Century Architects

          Author

          Edward Denison

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          234mm

          Number of Illustrations

          130

          Number of Pages

          160

          ISBN

          9781859463208

          Contents

            Foreword

            Acknowledgements

            Introduction

            1. Who Were McMorran & Whitby?

            2. The Genesis of the Practice

            3. Formative Years

            4. Farquharson & McMorran and Post-war Britain

            5. Passing the Flame

            6. The Swinging Sixties

            7. McMorran & Whitby’s Legacy

            List of Works

            Obituary: Donald McMorran

            Obituary: George Whitby

            Assistants at 14 North Audley Street

            McMorran & Whitby: Titles and positions held

            ‘A Friendship’

            Bibliography

            Index

            Picture Credits

            Reviews

              'a very readable, well written and instructive book . . . Attractively designed publication with a large number of illustrations.'