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‘A terrible battle with architecture’: Denys Lasdun in the 1950s, part 2

Barnabas Caldera1

a1 University of Strathclyde Architecture Building 131 Rottenrow Glasgow G4 0NG UK barnabas_calder@hotmail.com

Abstract

By 1957, Denys Lasdun was bored:

‘We must try to get away from the sameness of English architecture. If you look at modern Italian work, for example, it is at least clear that architects have engaged in a terrible battle with architecture and certainly many of them have been disastrously defeated; but most English architects seem to have reached a gentlemanly understanding with their art that they should leave each other strictly alone.’