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DENYS LASDUN


A PARADIGM OF THE MODERN MOVEMENT IN BRITAIN


The exhibition of the work of Denys Lasdun at the Royal Academy in 1997 prompted me to revisit the Royal College of Physicians, and to seek out his other London buildings, most of which I had not previously seen.

What emerged from my study was that Lasdun’s career followed closely that of the Modern Movement in England – indeed a paradigm of the Modern Movement in Britain.  Lasdun has been described as the most eminent of the few architects who have transformed le Corbusier’s legacy, via Tecton, with a series of buildings adapted to the English way of life.

This resulted in an article published in the ACPA Newsletter in 1998 (issue no.31),  and was later presented as an illustrated talk to the ACPA theory group in Cambridge. It was then  adapted for presentation as a website feature.

However this was lost when the website crashed, and this is  a new expanded version coming just after the RIBA Library put the Lasdun archive online.

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