This article explores the architectural little magazine Focus, which was produced by students at London's Architectural Association between 1938 and 1939. It considers the role this magazine played in the development of architectural modernism in the UK at the end of the 1930s through an analysis of its form, content, and distribution networks. More generally, it considers how Focus typifies the significance of the written word to the practice of architecture.
Focus:A Little Magazine and Architectural Modernism in 1930s Britain
Elizabeth Darling is an architectural historian and Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oxford Brookes University. Her work focuses on revisionist approaches to the history of modernist architecture in interwar Britain, which she has explored in numerous articles and books, including Re-forming Britain: Narratives of Modernity before Reconstruction (2007) and a forthcoming monograph on the architect Wells Coates (2012). This paper reflects a long-held interest in the many media through which architects communicate their work.
Elizabeth Darling; Focus:A Little Magazine and Architectural Modernism in 1930s Britain. The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 1 June 2012; 3 (1): 39–63. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/jmodeperistud.3.1.0039
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