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Brutalist beauty: Concrete Poetry on BBC4 Part 2

Posted on - 23rd February, 2014 - 11:27am | Author - | Posted in - Nostalgia, Preston City Centre

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A reminder to watch episode two of BBC’s Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry. The second of a two-part documentary in which Jonathan Meades makes the case for 20th-century concrete Brutalist architecture.

The show is part of the BBC’s Post-War Architecture season. A collection of programmes examining the triumphs and failures of post-war architecture.

See if Preston Bus Station gets more of a mention this time.

Meades concedes Brutalism was unpopular in the past. Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson’s Preston Bus Station only narrowly escaped of demolition. Meades says: “The fact that town councillors and planners have mostly hated [Brutalism] proves how good it is. Who would want to have the taste of some provincial councillor or dreadful planner? You don’t go knocking down Stonehenge or Lincoln Cathedral.”

Interestingly, as part of the BBC’s current series of programmes you can find ‘Nairn Across Britain. From London to Lancashire’.

Writer and journalist Ian Nairn takes took journeys north from London through the British Isles to look at the land we live in and the architecture we built.

The first 30 minute episode, introdcuced by Jonathan Meades and although concentrating on architecture from London to Manchester the programme contains an interesting if brief glimpse of Preston’s Guild Hall in the seventies.

Nairn Across Britain 1. From London to Lancashire was first transmitted in 1972.

Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry part two will be shown on Sunday 23 February on BBC Four at 9pm

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