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Modernist architecture exhibition

Regular readers may know of my love for 1960s buildings – my own house, on an estate in south London, was built in 1968 and is brilliantly designed, very much in the style of Eric Lyons' celebrated span houses. 

If you, too, like modernist urban architecture, and live near Bristol, you've got a couple of weeks to catch the tail end of the Cook's Camden exhibition, at The Architecture Centre, Bristol. 

The show, which runs until 25 March (and was previously on show in London in 2010) is exhibiting Martin Charles' photographs of the pioneering housing projects built by Camden Council in London when Sydney Cook was Borough Architect, between 1965-73. The homes he built were innovative at the time – a low-rise move from the tower blocks that typically characterised social housing at the time. The result is very Southbank. 

Alexandra Road, top image, was the most famous of Cook's designs and, in 1992, was awarded Grade Two listed status by English Heritage.

Along with black and white photography of he buildings just after they were finished, the exhibition also includes original drawings, a wooden model of the entire project and an edited version of the film One Below the Queen, produced last year by residents of the estate with the arts charity digital:works.

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