'this is a journey through the years that transformed victorian industrial manchester into the modern european city that stands today. through a series of prominent buildings we will travel from the emergence of the welfare state in the 1950s; through the optimistic white heat of technology in the 60s; the rise of services and finance over manufacturing in the 70s; arriving at the 1980s consumer culture that brings us to the present day.'
In a nod to iconic Manchester band Joy Division, ‘Decades’ tells the story of Manchester’s architectural evolution using track names from the bands seminal albums, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’. Like a soundtrack accompanying the publication, track names ‘Isolation’, ‘An ideal for living’ and ‘She’s lost control’ act as headings that capture poignant moments in the city’s redevelopment.
This is a limited edition publication celebrating the architecture of Manchester's post war decades. A collaboration between writer James Thorp, photographer Emily Marshall and designer Jonathan Hitchen
Published by the Modernist Society, this is the second of three publications to be produced in 2016/17 celebrating and investigating twentieth century architecture in Manchester with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. With special thanks to G.F.Smith Papers.
Limited edition of 300
36 pages with fold out timelines and photographs