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Title The architecture of urban landscape / [presented by] Denys Lasdun
Published London, England: Pidgeon Digital, 1980
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Description 1 online resource (1 streaming audio file (26 minutes)): sound, color + transcript, images of works
Contents Denys Lasdun--Panoramic View Of The River Thames, London & The National Theatre--National Theatre: Section--National Theatre: General View Across River Thames--National Theatre: Strata & Soffits Of Terraces--National Theatre: Interior Of Entrance Foyer--National Theatre: Main Interior Foyer--National Theatre: Terraces & Riverside Walk--London University: Bedford Way Elevation--Flats At St. James Place, Overlooking Green Park, London--Royal College Of Physicians, London. Facing Regents Park--Royal College Of Physicians, London. Entrance--Royal College Of Physicians, London. Long Section--Royal College Of Physicians, London. Emblematic Detail--Royal College Of Physicians, London. Ceremonial Staircase--Royal College Of Physicians, London. View From The Staircase To The Nash Terraces--University Of East Anglia, Norfolk. Plan Of First Stage--University Of East Anglia, Norfolk. View From The East. Library (Centre), Teaching Wall (Right) & Residences (Left)--University Of East Anglia, Norfolk. Elevated Walkway Giving Access To All Buildings--University Of East Anglia, Norfolk. The University & Landscape--Christ's College, Cambridge. Landscape--Christ's College, Cambridge. Students Enjoying The Terrace--Christ's College, Cambridge. In Milton's Hilton--European Investment Bank, Luxembourg. Under Construction: Terraces
Summary The late Sir Denys Lasdun evolved an architectural approach and vocabulary now widely recognised, and which can be seen in his major post-war works. He was awarded Britain's Royal Gold Medal in 1977, and a Knighthood in 1976. In his talk he explains that he subscribes to a set of ideas relevant to himself, reasonable in quality and which engage with history. These ideas are about an architecture of urban landscape, which is an extension of the city or the landscape and which indeed seek to promote and extend human relationships. His buildings are related to other buildings which may be close in space however far off in time, but they do not make stylistic concessions to the past. The buildings in fact are often a metaphor for landscape and he tries to express this through a visual organisation of 'strata' and towers. As the architectural historian William Curtis has pointed out in "A Language & A Theme" (RIBA Publications, 1976), this architecture of urban landscape turns its back on the transience and brashness of a merely mechanistic world, and tries to elicit basic responses and to unearth fundamental human meanings
Notes Title from publisher's website (viewed April 19, 2021)
Subject Architects.
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century.
Architecture, Industrial -- Great Britain
Form Streaming audio
Author Lasdun, Denys, narrator.