John Grindrod - Iconicon Talk - 27/4/22
Wednesday 27th April - 6pm for 6.15
At the modernist, 58 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ
We are very happy to welcome our old friend John Grindrod back to the modernist to talk about his brilliant new book Iconicon - A Journey Around The Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain.
Iconicon tells the history of British buildings from the 1980s to the present day, using both famous structures and ordinary homes to show how a nation lives amidst the gradual dismantling of the welfare state. It takes up the story where Grindrod’s first book left off. Concretopia recounted the rebuilding of post-war Britain from 1945 to 1979 – a period of space age dreams and brutalism, tower blocks and new towns designed to improve the quality of everyday life. In his new book, Grindrod shows how, in the era of Thatcher, Blair and Brexit, those ideals came to be challenged by a market-driven ideology, and replaced with booming gentrification, property bubbles and abandoned council housing. In Iconicon he gives voice to those at the heart of the story, and those left behind.
There is a whole chapter in the book about Manchester and the modernist gets a big mention so i'm sure we'll talk about that but John will also talk about other aspects of his book.
Copies will be available on the night and John will be be available to sign your copy too.
Ticket price is £7 or £5 for members - £5 of which can be refunded, on the night, against the purchase of a book - normal price of £20.
(Members can also apply discount at checkout.)