Barratt homes. Spectacular skyscrapers. Millennium monuments. City centre apartments. Out of town malls. These icons of our age, be they modest or monumental, present us with a living history of Britain. They are both symbols of the ways we have lived, and reminders of the political, financial and social forces that have shaped our modern landscape. In ‘Iconicon’, John Grindrod takes us on a captivating journey around these landmark buildings, from 1980 to the present day. Along the way he encounters the architects and planners of these national icons, as well as the people who have lived and worked within their walls.
A captivating exploration of Britain's most iconic contemporary buildings, from the Barratt home to the Millennium Dome.
'A love letter to contemporary buildings and a fantastic account of recent British history, rich in humour.' NINA STIBBE
'Brilliant, encyclopaedic, funny and often cutting.' DANNY DORLING
'An eloquent, witty, passionate tour of Britain since the 1980s.' JOHN BOUGHTON
'Recounts the stories of our lived landscapes with wit, passion and a shot of anger.' TOM DYCKHOFF
'Grindrod has spoken to everyone and his observations are humane and acute.' OWEN HATHERLEY
Wimpey homes. Millennium monuments. Riverside flats. Wind farms. Spectacular skyscrapers. City centre apartments. Out of town malls.
The buildings designed in our lifetimes encapsulate the dreams and aspirations of our culture, while also revealing the sobering realities. Whether modest or monumental, they offer a living history of Britain, symbols of the forces that have shaped our modern landscape and icons in their own right.
ICONICON is an enthralling journey around the Britain we have created since 1980: the horrors and delights, the triumphs and failures. From space-age tower blocks to suburban business parks, and from postmodernist exuberance to Passivhaus eco-efficiency, this is at once a revelatory architectural grand tour and an endlessly witty and engaging piece of social history.