Modern City Of The West



Having come back from the delights of Devon a couple of weeks ago I’ve been digging around the darker recesses of the interweb trying to fill some of the many gaps in my knowledge – and yes I know that’s a hopelessly lost cause but you have to try eh ?

The main gap in particular being my knowledge of Plymouth – now my new favourite city. As I mentioned earlier I hadn’t been expecting much of the city which shows you should always do your research. Because a cursory wander on line finds that : Plymouth was first British city to start reconstruction and to open new buildings after the second World War, represented the architecture of the future – clean, bright, democratic and optimistic, features a city centre considered to be the greatest built example of post-war British planning and architecture and has the greatest number of listed post-war buildings outside London.


Unfortunately not everyone loves the architecture of Plymouth, including it seems the city’s own council who apparently fought efforts to list the Civic Centre. So I don’t suppose said council are over the moon that English Heritage, amongst others, are attempting to formally protect the whole of the city centre

Good luck I say.

Visit Plymouth : 20th Century City
Visit C20 Society : Long Live Plymouth
Visit Kevin McCloud hails ‘heroic and beautiful’ Plymouth
Visit John Grindrod’s 20th Century Plymouth Flickr Set


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