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By Gavin Stamp

Since 2004 Gavin Stamp, one in every of Britain’s most outstanding and readable architectural historians, has written a per month column for Apollo, the esteemed structure and effective artwork journal. the topic is just no matter what in layout or structure occurs to take his fancy. it'd be the sumptuous reopening of the brilliant Midland Grand lodge at St Pancras Station, or the dilapidation of a little-known church in Eastbourne; the much-lamented loss of life of the unique Routemaster bus, or the large majesty of the airship sheds that housed the R.101. yet whereas those items reveal an excellent variety and diversity, they're unified via Stamp’s wider quest: to discover, outline and champion the very Englishness of English structure and layout. while tremendous examples are preserved and restored, he celebrates; once they fall sufferer to philistine overlook – or, worse, demolition – he mourns. And while the stylish is overshadowed by way of the in simple terms modish, he deplores. In Anti-Ugly, Stamp has chosen the simplest of those ‘excursions’, generating a compulsively readable assortment that builds into an eloquent, realized, trenchant and sometimes offended portrait of our nationwide layout heritage.

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