Brutal North: Post-War Modernist Architecture in the North of England


During the post-war years the North of England saw the building of some of the most aspirational, enlightened and successful modernist architecture in the world. Now, a single photographic book captures those buildings, in all their power and progressive ambition.

Over the last few years acclaimed photographer Simon Phipps has travelled and sought out the publicly commissioned architecture of the post-war North. From Newcastle’s Byker Wall Estate, voted the best neighbourhood in the UK, to the extraordinary Park Hill Estate in Sheffield, from Preston’s sweeping bus station and Liverpool’s Royal Insurance Building, these structures have seen off threats to their survival and are rightly celebrated for the imprint they leave upon the skyline and the cultural life of their cities.

This inspiring invitation to explore northern modernism includes maps and detailed information about all the architecture photographed.

The building information in the book is by our very own Matthew Steele, a long-standing collaborator with The Modernist Society. He is also co-author of Toastrack: A History of the former Domestic and Trades College (2014) and Sacred Suburbs: A Guide to Greater Manchester’s Post-war Places of Worship (2015). He is also a contributor to the forthcoming edited collection Manchester: Something Rich and Strange (2020).

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