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This collection of paper cut-out models representing London’s brutalist architecture in the 1960s-1970s is produced by Polish company Zupamarket. It includes the iconic tower blocks Balfron Tower and Space House, council estates doomed to premature demolition – Robin Hood Gardens and Aylesbury Estate – and the classic prefab panel block Ledbury Estate. Printed on recycled paper, each model includes a short technical note on the architect, year of construction and building location. An Eastern Block collection of paper cut-out models, representing modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland, is also available.

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In early 2015, a time when some of Birmingham’s most precious Brutalist buildings at Paradise Circus are being demolished, Birmingham Modernist aims to take stock for a moment and celebrate the city’s 20th-century architecture. Through reader contributions, it will progressively identify and plot its key Modernist and Brutalist buildings via an online map. To make a submission, visit the site. Birmingham Modernist is a Modernist Magazine online project published by The Modernist Society CIC.

Joseph Emberton: The Architecture of Display
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Until 17th May 2015

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Joseph Emberton (1889–1956) was a significant architect in Britain during the first half of the 20th century. He designed the striking Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham-on-Crouch (1931), which represented Britain at the Modern Architecture: International Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1932. Five years later, two more buildings, the celebrated Simpsons of Piccadilly department store (now Waterstone’s flagship bookstore), for which László Moholy-Nagy designed displays, and the Southsea branch of Timothy Whites were selected by MoMA for the exhibition Modern Architecture in England. Drawing on the Joseph Emberton Archive and including loans from the RIBA Library, this exhibition considers the qualities of these buildings that made the most influential commentators on modern architecture take note.

The exhibition coincides with the major retrospective of the work of Leon Underwood, who was a lifelong friend and fellow-student of Emberton at the Royal College of Art.

Text: Pallant House Gallery

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