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Peter Blundell-Jones, 1949-2016

Analyst of the Modern


The British historian and critic Peter Blundell-Jones died on 19 August. Though he attended the Architectural Association in the 1960s – marked by the utopian lyricism of Archigram – he felt no attachment to technocratic modern tradition. In fact his research and teaching career – in Cambridge University and South London Polytechnic – involved the analysis and defense of an alternative modernity, one where context and social rituals were important and which he associated with German organicist tradition, in particular with authors like Hugo Häring and Hans Scharoun. His principal work, Modern Architecture Through Case Studies (2002, 2007) has been published in Spanish (see Arquitectura Viva 175).

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