Architecture and the 'Special Relationship'
The American Influence on Post-War British Architecture
Routledge – 2008 – 582 pages
With particular reference to the field of architecture, this text examines the economic and political consequences for Britain of the post-war Anglo-American 'special relationship', providing detailed studies of key buildings and urban planning initiatives, blended with a wider theoretical analysis of socio-economic and cultural developments. By looking at the effects on a highly developed Western country of a more powerful ally on which it was becoming increasingly dependent, the book critically revisits the usual themes of post-colonial studies, making this a thought-provoking and innovative analysis.
Introduction 1. Over There 2. London and the 'American Invasion' 3. The City, the Car and the Dwelling 4. Centres of Commerce 5. The Right Stuff 6. High-Tech Dreams 7. Culture and Monumentality 8. The Big Bang
Murray Fraser is a qualified architect and Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster.
Joe Kerr is Head of Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art.