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."..through numerous sketches, plans, sections, and graphic analyses of elevations, the author deepens our understanding of Lubetkin's contributions."

--Library Journal, September 2013

..".through numerous sketches, plans, sections, and graphic analyses of elevations, the author deepens our understanding of Lubetkin's contributions." Library Journal, September 2013

"John Allan's masterly monograph on Lubetkin was originally published just after Lubetkin's death. Twenty years later, it has been given a well-deserved overhaul with the hope of bringing Lubetkin's enduring oeuvre to the attention of new eyes." Wallpaper, July 2013

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This second edition is a comprehensive account of the life and work of Berthold Lubetkin (1901-1990), pioneer architect of the Modern Movement in Britain, survivor of the Russian Revolution, European traveller and intellectual, social commentator and, at the age of 81, RIBA Royal Gold Medallist. John Allan's study is the outcome of his 20-year friendship with Lubetkin and contains many previously unpublished drawings, photographs and extracts from Lubetkin's writings, which were as compelling as his architecture. The author also draws upon the direct personal reminiscences of Lubetkin himself and of his former colleagues and contemporaries.

Berthold Lubetkin, a pivotal figure in the development of the Modern Movement in Britain, was a man of complex character, a maverick outsider yet with inspirational gifts for collaborative working. His belief in building design as an instrument of social progress was expressed in a determined pursuit of technical innovation and informed by a profound appreciation of architecture's formal disciplines and emotive power.

The story begins with an account of Lubetkin's early years in Russia and considers the impact upon his artistic vision of events of 1917 and the turmoil of that followed. His ensuing journey of self-education took him to Europe's leading intellects and artists of the 19209s and enabled him to accomplish his first outstanding building in Paris while still under the age of 30. The author traces the influence on Lubetkin on the teachings of Wihelm Worringer and Auguste Perret, while his growing disquiet over Soviet developments is considered in conjunction with other factors that in 1931 brought him to England, where he founded the architectural practice Tecton. The author investigates the theoretical stance that set Lubetkin apart both from the architectural establishment and from his Modernist contemporaries, and also assess his changing relationship to Le Corbusier.

Tecton's achievements in its prime years of practice, 1932-1940, are set against the social, political and intellectual background of that period. The firm's domestic works are studied in the context of the contemporary house-building boom, while the unique series of zoological pavilions is the vehicle for an analysis of Lubetkin's attitude towards nature. The famous Highpoint apartment blocks are examined as essays in high-rise living, and an investigation of Lubetkin's professional activism in the MARS Group and the ATO leads to an account of his productive engagement with the left-wing Finsbury Borough Council.

The Author studies Tecton's large-scale post-war housing schemes in Finsbury and Paddington and the circumstances of the firm's dissolution in 1948. There follows a fully-documented account of Lubetkin's greatest challenge as Architect-Planner of Peterlee New Town-a dream commission that ended in ruins after only two years, leading to his long period of embittered seclusion. The conventional myths of Lubetkin's unbuildable city of towers and ensuing premature retirement are disproved, and the considerable but little known design work of his later years is critically evaluated.

The final chapter describes the remarkable restoration of Berthold Lubetkin to public eminence with the Royal Gold Medal award in 1982, and concludes with an account of his lively participation in the architectural controversies of the 1980s.

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