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Frederick Gibberd

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Paperback by Christine Hui Lan Manley


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This book gives a comprehensive account of the works of architect, town planner and landscape architect, Sir Frederick Gibberd. At the beginning of his diverse and far-reaching career, Gibberd was a pioneer of modern architecture in Britain - he designed Pullman Court in 1933, one of the first International Style buildings in the country. His association with the Modern Architectural Research (MARS) Group and his influential publications put him at the forefront of the establishment of modern architecture in Britain.

During the 1940s, however, Gibberd's interest shifted to the aesthetics of English market towns and Georgian streets; his diaries reveal a belief that the Modern Movement had 'done its job', allowing architects to consider the visual, rather than functional qualities of materials, colour and texture. After the Second World War, his master plan for Harlow New Town and his influential book Town Design conveyed his growing interest in 'visual planning'; he had become an international authority on the subject. His later projects, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (1967) and Regent's Park Mosque (1977) for example, also reflected his aesthetic approach, prompting many to question his role as a key figure in the history of modern British architecture.

This reassessment of Gibberd's work demonstrates, that with his visual approach to the design of buildings, spaces, townscapes and landscapes, Gibberd was at the forefront of the development of a softer, distinctly English form of modern architecture and town planning, thus, reaffirming his role as a significant architect of the twentieth century.


  1. Becoming an architect
  2. Modernism and modern flats
  3. Wartime studies and reconstruction debates
  4. The art of town design
  5. Buildings and landscape
  6. Buildings in townscape
  7. Conclusion

Additional Information

  • Printed Price: £30.00
  • Series: Architectural History
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Format: Paperback
  • Physical Size: 240 x 170 mm
  • Pages: 160
  • Illustration: 114, colour
  • ISBN: 9781848022737


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  • Pullman Court, balconies on south-facing elevation
  • Housing at Mardyke Road
  • Didcot A power station
  • Bath Technical College
  • The Harpur Centre, Bedford
  • Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, interior view showing central high altar
  • Hopwood Hall Chapel, interior view of tower and coloured glass
  • Fulwell Cross library
  • London Central Mosque
  • The Beckers estate, Hackney
  • London Central Mosque, prayer hall interior
  • Clock tower at the south-eastern corner of Chrisp Street Market, Lansbury

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