modernism-in-metroland: Bridge, British Empire…


Bridge, British Empire Exhibition (1924) by Owen Williams and Maxwell Ayrton

Concrete pedestrian bridge, built as part of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley. Ian Nairn noticed it in the early 1960′s, mouldering away “among weeping willows and beer cans”, and calls it “one of the best things we did in the twenties…true English modernism”.

A Guide to Modernism in Metro-Land

architectureandfilmblog: Alexandra and Ainswor…


Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, Neave Brown, 1968 


London Post-War estates have occasionally appeared in music videos in the past, but they’ve been particularly prevalent recently. The Barbican features in SHUTDOWN (SKEPTA) and BLOW YOUR MIND (DUA LIPA).  Ernő Goldfinger’s Trellick tower appears in THINKING OF YOU (MABEL), while his Balfron Tower is the location for IN THE CITY (JUNGLE BROWN). The Alexandra Road Estate appears in SOMEBODY ELSE (THE 1975) and NOTHING LIKE YOURS (SLEWDEM MAFIA).  It’s a creative marriage that isn’t hard to understand, with these longtime architectural underdogs becoming symbols of a gritty urban beauty, as well as a stylised reference to the actual communities that some of the music emerged from. (Photo: me, via Flickr)

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