20th Century Architects: John Madin

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Alan Clawley
Published by
English Heritage
Publication Date
March 2011
160 pages, 120 illustrations
167 x 234 mm
Architectural History

John Madin by Alan Clawley is part of the English Heritage 20th Century Architects Series. Commissioned by English Heritage, RIBA Publishing and the Twentieth Century Society, this series aims to provide a full and engaging examination of some of Britains's most significant post-war architectural practices.

John Madin was the indisputable master of post-war architecture in Birmingham. The work of Madin and his associates had a profound influence on the reshaping of the city after the war, producing some of the most iconic buildings of that period, such as the Birmingham City Library, the Chamber of Commerce and the Post and Mail Building.

Trained in the modernist style but too much of a craftsman to abandon decoration entirely, his work is characterised by attention to detail, a preference for natural materials and a desire for decoration and art in his buildings.

Many have characterised Madin as a commercial architect, but as the author argues, there was another side to his work. His conservationist approach to the development plan for the Calthorpe Estate, his workman-like master-planning of Dawley, Telford and Corby new towns, his public service commissions, and his design and layout of housing schemes that are still lived-in and popular today, testify to his commitment to human values.

Lavishly illustrated with images from Madin's personal archive and stunning new photography, this book is an essential read for architects, students, architectural historians and modernist enthusiasts interested in learning more about a key figure in British post-war architecture.

  • First major publication on this key figure in British post-war architecture
  • Madin produced iconic buildings such as Birmingham's City Library and Chamber of Commerce
  • Illustrated with images from Madin's personal archive plus stunning new photography
  1. Introduction
  2. The Calthorpe Plan
  3. Commerce and Industry
  4. New places
  5. Building for leisure
  6. Civic pride

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