Dan surprised me with this book when we got onto the train on Sunday, I was made up with it and had a good nosey through it on the way home. One of the things I like most about Modernism is that it was an experiment in optimism. Things were built for people to share and to work together. OK, much of the time we didn't go with that idea and the experiment failed but there you go.
|"nothing is too good for ordinary people"|
We spent a long time at the Eames exhibition and we both took something away from it, for me it was that I really like Ernest Race and for Dan he is more in love with Kenneth Grange than ever before. Neither of them featured in the exhibition, but our minds naturally turned to their output after seeing the industrial, commercial and domestic output of Charles and Ray Eames. I was also in love with the Barbican complex itself, especially the covered walkways which offered some protection from the rain!
We ended up in Poplar on Sunday after seeing something exciting from the train on our way to Greenwich, Balfron Tower (1967). The smaller, older, less glamorous sister of Trellick Tower by Erno Goldfinger (yes, feel free to sing). A dull, grey, silent Sunday morning in November was the perfect time to visit this lovely piece of Brutalism.
To bring us right back to the spirit of optimism we finished our trip at the Southbank Centre where everything seemed possible.
Something for everybody, for food, a walk, sightseeing, togetherness, families, couples, individuals, skateboarders, cyclists, residents, visitors, silence, noise, water, concrete and rain.
|power to the people|