Architecture as Communal Art
London, BT Batsford (1944) 1946
16pp pamphlet, with 6 b/w illustrations. A little dusty, with very small tear at base of spine, else vg for an ephemeral item. Published by B T Batsford for the Council for Education in Appreciation of Physical Environment. With a foreword by Giles Gilbert Scott. Arguing that modernism is too much a discourse of the individual, Reilly and Scott stress the importance of good architecture, using innovative materials, in creating a sense of community, and suggest that modernist design, if used appropriately, can achieve this. Though it only alludes to the destruction of the English cityscape in WWII, this is a fascinating essay, full of hope about the role of new architecture in re-establishing communal life. Loosley inserted letter to Gavin Stamp from a colleague. A.L.S. signed but unfortunately not deciphered.