Lecture: 'Pevsner and modern architecture'
This lecture explores his views on modern buildings from Coventry Cathedral, Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion and Arnos Grove underground station to Sheffield’s Park Hill estate and James Stirling’s History Library in Cambridge.
Pevsner has been caricatured as a blinkered champion of modernism, responsible for every unattractive building put up in Britain since 1945. In fact his views evolved with the rest of his life in England and were far more nuanced. He warmed to the Festival of Britain, came to mistrust tower blocks, and was hotly opposed to the cult of the Brutalist architectural ego.