Rejecting Modernism: Review Of 'Radical Classicism: Quinlan Terry'

Quinlan Terry was one of the first to reject modernist architecture in favor of human-scale classicism. This review of a new book about Terry discusses his career.

"...the urban working class was swept out of its genial streets to be stacked up in hygienic tower blocks, according to Corb's instructions -- a brilliant idea that destroyed the city as a home, killed off the spirit of its residents, and in general released the population into the brave new world of anger, alienation and vandalism."

"Terry's projects, submitted as his thesis, were failed by the examiners. In satirical spirit he submitted hubristic modernist designs instead, and was allowed to pass. He joined the firm of Raymond Erith, whose practice he inherited at a time when there was little private business and when all public commissions went to the modernists. Terry's break came in 1984, when Haslemere Estates commissioned his designs for Richmond Riverside, which was to become one of London's most popular tourist attractions. This harmonious collection of classical buildings, rising on a knoll above the Thames and enclosing offices, restaurants and private dwellings, illustrates Terry's principles..."

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