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Modern traditions: protecting recent heritage

— October 2015

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Whinney, Son & Austen Hall, 30 Cannon Street, London, 1977 © Sarah J Duncan

Jenny Kingsley explores the work of the Twentieth Century Society, which champions our modern architectural heritage


Some might wonder if the enterprising Twentieth Century Society is somewhat of a contrivance: are there many buildings from recent times worthy of protecting? If so, would they all be of a ‘modernist’ type? While modernist architecture is frequently perceived as the epitome of 20th-century architecture, revivalism generally satisfies popular taste. The unembellished, white...

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