Kenneth Browne, May 1958, Architectural Review

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A London bookshelf, part 20

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New Sights of London by Hugh Casson, is a London Transport sixpenny paperback, published in 1938, featuring some 700 examples of modern architecture, all within reach of the LT network. So as well as the Denham film studios, above, there are buildings as perky as a Berlei bra in Slough, and as fair faced as Fairacres in Roehampton.

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Casson is as opinionated as Pevsner or Nairn here, with trenchant opinions about prevailing architectural trends. He also contributes some appealing line drawings of many of the featured buildings.

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“Everybody is interested in modern architecture”, says the jacket blurb optimistically, “but does everybody know where it can be seen?” Sixpence would provide the answers in 1938, about £15 for a secondhand copy now.

Une Cité Moderne, part 8

The eight and final instalment of the 32 drawings in French architect Rob Mallet-Stevens’ 1922 portfolio Une

Cité Moderne. This quite remarkable collection of modernist buildings includes pretty much everything a small town might need – and what a town it would be!

Une Cité Moderne, part 7

This is the penultimate quartet of drawings from French architect Rob Mallet-Steven’s remarkable 1922 portfolio, Une Cité Moderne. Brimming with art deco verve and modernist details, the prints are stencil, or pochoir, printed in additional bright colours.

Une Cité Moderne, part 5

Four more remarkable designs from French architect Rob Mallet-Steven’s 1922 Une Cité Moderne portfolio of all the buildings a town might need. A delightful tram stop above, including fountain, telephone kiosk and news-stand; and below a theatre, town hall, and somewhat poignantly just four years after the end of the Great War, a cemetery with war memorial.