Call for contributions - HABITAT

Its our home, our abode, our environment - whats your habitat?


The theme for The Modernist magazine issue 25 is HABITAT, the first of four 'H' issues and we invite you to contribute your articles or photo stories.

As ever, you can be flexible in your interpretation of the theme as long as it broadly relates to 20th century design.

We are seeking articles of around 1000 words or less if the piece is more image focused.

The Modernist contributors are a volunteer community so the budget doesnt stretch to a fee. Sorry.

COPY DEADLINE: 01-11-2017

Contact us at editor[at]

Thank you in advance

The Modernists



Bound Art book fair


The Modernist will be at the Bound Art book fair at the Whitworth on the 7th and 8th of October. Well have copies of our latest magazine and our new book manchester MODERN. 

There will be plenty of other art, design and photography publishers there from across GB and Europe. 

So.. come along and see.  

Postcards from a Peckham Car Park

On Friday August 19th The Modernist Magazine set up our stall A.P.O. a new indie publishing fair as part of Bold Tendencies at the top of a car park in Peckham.. here's what it all looked like.


Exhibition by Simon Phipps at the Foundry Gallery - 9 september - 27 october 2016

"Any piece of architecture worth being called architecture is usually both hated and loved"  Rodney Gordon – Architect ‘The Tricorn’, Portsmouth UK.

What do you think of when you hear the architectural term ‘Brutalism’? Love these concrete monolithic buildings or hate them the artist and photographer Simon Phipps is ready to challenge all your preconceptions of the Brutalist building in his solo exhibition in London: BÉTON BRUT. Simon Phipps has spent the last 15 years photographing and documenting Brutalist and buildings in the UK, creating a survey of photographic images that demonstrate the breadth of this contentious architectural style.
BÉTON BRUT showcases a new series of architectural photographs screen printed in monochrome onto brushed aluminum. Phipps' careful selection of materials for his work captures one of the properties of Brutalism, ‘its not concerned with the material, but the quality of the material, what can that material do?’ The use of a halftone screen and the aluminium moves the photograph away from the representational; it becomes more sculptural within the enhanced materiality of surface and ink. His photography plays with the viewer’s perspective of the buildings; he has an innovative way of looking at these dynamic constructions finding interesting new vistas and perspectives to capture our imagination.
A selection of Phipps extensive photographic inventory is also displayed in BÉTON BRUT where the curatorial arrangements highlight typological similarities and differences, revealing an analysis of form and structure. Using the placement of colour to highlight architectural details; stemming from Le Corbusier’s Polychromie Architectural, Phipps has used colour from the buildings he has resolutely documented and faithfully used these colours as an integral part of the exhibition in The Foundry Gallery.  BÉTON BRUT is curated by Elizabeth Goode.

About Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps is a London based artist whose work focuses on Modernist architecture. Phipps is the photographer for "THE BRUTALIST LONDON MAP" published by Blue Crow Media and supported by The Twentieth Century Society. His book "BRUTAL LONDON"  a photographic survey of brutalist architecture within the inner London boroughs will be published in November 2016. Phipps is also currently working on a project with Darren Umney about Netherfield - a modernist rationalist estate in Milton Keynes designed by Dixon, Jones, Cross and Gold. "BETWEEN THE RATIONAL AND THE NATIONAL: NETHERFIELD IN THE NEW SUBURBAN LANDSCAPE" will be exhibited at the Architectural Association and the Milton Keynes Gallery in 2017.

9 september - 27 october 2016

The Foundry Gallery 39 old church street, chelsea, london, sw3 5bs, uk


Back to Peckham

Publishing event / book fair

We're going back to our regular Summer haunt at Bold Tendencies in Peckham this August, but this year its a bit different, no Copeland Book Market but a new event A.P.O.  The Modernist will be making an appearance on the opening night at Show & Tell.

The opening night of About the Physical Object (APO) will be a one night only affair called: Show and Tell. A book fair, in which a wide variety of publishers display a wide variety disciplines on paper. Showing what they do and hopefully bringing along an artist or writer to do a book signing. Displaying In the hope of show the public that these books do not just come out of thin air. That there are individuals behind these words and pictures on the pages you read. So far, confirmed publishers consist of:

ABC, Bemojake, E.R.O.S. Journal, The Everyday Press, Fitzcarraldo editions, Loose Joints, Oddeye press, Nousvous, The Modernist, Morel Books, Rick Pushinsky / Hunter and James, South London Gallery, Hoxton Mini-press, The Plantation Journal, Trolley Books.

A.P.O. About Physical Object, a new eventhere to explore the physical aspects of book in all desired disciplines. Ranging from traditional publishing to performance arts.  Mini-click and Libreria/Robin Linde Production curate the Saturday and Sundays episodes, which will consist of unorthodox activities of producing publications of one kind or another. The events concentrate on the idea of the physical nature of publishing, photography and literature: All within the idea of the book and the physical object.

Show & Tell: August 19th 5pm - 9pm


Bold Tendencies, Levels 7-10, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15, 4TG

Event : The Recommission for New Towns

Stevenage Museum hosts an open event on the past, present and future of UK new towns. A one day conference on 30th July will mark seventy years since the 1946 New Towns Act and the start of Stevenage new town, it aims to combine tours, talks and debate involving experts, amateurs and residents. 

Image from the JR James Archive on

Image from the JR James Archive on

The programme includes talks from author Ken Warpole, cultural regeneration expert Sarah Gaventa and filmmaker Christopher Smith, whose latest project is a feature-length documentary about life in Basildon called New Town Utopia. The day will also include tours of Stevenage by bike and foot as well as engaging new town residents past and present in talks and debates.

For more information and tickets visit or email

Social Construction : Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine

This month, the Israel Museum opens a major exhibition tracing the influence of international modernism on the architectural vernacular that developed in Palestine during the British Mandate period (1917-1948). Social Construction: Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine explores not only the beauty and functionality of the new architecture that developed in the early 20th century, but also the social values of the new land that were reflected in this style. Focusing on projects realized between 1930 and 1940, Social Construction features more than 60 archival photographs of the architectural icons of the time, together with roughly 40 interpretive drawings of these buildings, executed over 20 years.


Focusing on the major cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa, Social Construction reveals how the development of these urban centers emerged from the influence of international modernism while forming a unique architectural language inspired by the ambitions to establish a new state and to create a new social order. The influx of immigration to Palestine following the Russian revolution of 1905 and the concurrent political upheavals in eastern Europe brought a generation of architects who embraced modernism as a new beginning. This imported language, defined by innovative geometric forms, spread across the landscape to create a uniquely local vernacular that expressed the ideological foundations of a new society. 

The master plans developed during the British Mandate for each of the region’s major cities exhibit varying degrees of modernist architectural influence, based on their existing urban footprints. Modernist materials and forms were also adapted in response to the climate and geography of the region. Tel Aviv in particular was perceived as a “blank slate,” open to the embrace of new architectural modes. 


Social Construction brings together archival photography with large-format, hand-drawn contemporary analytical drawings that are presented with back illumination to underscore the dimensional character of architecture in a dynamic display. Highlighting the architectural vocabulary of the time, the exhibition explores such attributes as double-layer façades, public use of rooftops, mixed expressions of public and private spaces’ engagement with the street, the intermingling of public sidewalks and private gardens, and the typology of workers’ housing. Several case studies will be featured, including such iconic projects as Shmuel (Sam) Barkai’s Aginsky House (1934) and Lubin House (1937); Alfred Goldberger’s Bat Galim Casino (1934); Dov Karmi’s Max Liebling House (1936); Theodor Menkes’ Glass House (1938); Zeev Rechter’s Angel House (1933); and Arieh Sharon’s Workers’ Housing ("Meonot Ovdim") (1937).

The exhibition draws inspiration from the extensive research of Israel Prize laureate and architect Ada Karmi-Melamede and architect Dan Price, whose accompanying book explores not only the functional aspects of this new architecture, but also the social values that shaped the defining language of this new architectural style. 



The exhibition runs from July 1 – December 31, 2016 at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 
For more information about the exhibition, click here.
For more information about the accompanying book, click here.

Barbican: Building the Brutal

Building the Brutal, a newly launched website and book, showcases never-before-seen photographs of the final construction of one of the most iconic brutalist buildings in the country. Photographer Peter Bloomfield was commissioned by Henry Wrong - the first Managing Director of the Barbican Centre - to photograph the completion of the Barbican and has recently gifted his entire collection of over 1,400 negatives to the arts centre.

The rediscovered archive reveals the ambition and scale of the construction of what The Queen called 'one of the modern wonders of the world'; from trees being craned into the conservatory to the hand-finishing of the structure’s famously textured concrete walls. Also captured are the first events ever held at the centre in 1982 and period stylings of both the interiors and staff.

The book, currently available for pre-sale and published in mid-March, features more than 70 colour and black & white images in addition to a foreword by Jane Allison, Barbican Head of Visual Arts, and a feature on Peter Bloomfield.

Highlights of the website include a section titled 'Then and Now' which allows you to follow the Barbican from its origin to the present day, sliding between Peter Bloomfield's photographs and current photographs by Benjamin Elwyn.


Building the Brutal, published by the Barbican: £15

Microsite: here

Book presale: here


Concrete Concept - Brutalist buildings around the world: a special offer...

We've partnered with publishers Quarto to bring a discount/special offer to readers of The Modernist and to members of the Manchester & Sheffield Modernist Societies.

Concrete Concept offers a fully-illustrated global survey of this often divisive architectural style, profiling 50 of its most compelling and distinctive examples across the globe, from Leeds University and Preston Bus Station to Lisbon's Palácio de Justiça. Also included is 'An A-Z of Brutalist Architecture' by Jonathan Meades.

No modern architectural movement has aroused so much awe and so much ire as Brutalism. This global survey profiles 50 brutalist beasts around the world (built between the 1950s to 1970s) demonstrates how Brutalism infected popular culture. This is architecture at its most assertive: compelling, distinctive, sometimes terrifying. But, as Concrete Concept shows, Brutalism can be about love as well as hate. 

CHRISTOPHER BEANLAND lives in London and writes about architecture, culture and the arts for newspapers including The Independent, Guardian, Telegraph and various magazines around the world. He's also written two novels.

JONATHAN MEADES is a writer, journalist, essayist, film-maker. His books include three works of fiction - Filthy English, Pompey and The Fowler Family Business - and several anthologies.

©Preston Bus Station/Alamy

©Preston Bus Station/Alamy

To order Concrete Concept by Christopher Beanland for the discounted price of £16, including UK P&P (RRP £20), visit and enter the code CONCRETE02 at checkout. This offer is valid until the 15th February.

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