These essays show the late, great architectural critic Ian Nairn, writing about cities and towns as a whole rather than as collections of individual buildings.Read more
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Nairn’s emergence as a maverick, inspiring figure in midtwentieth century architectural writing (and broadcasting) was sudden, and his claim on the public’s attention all too brief . . . On a good day he could turn phrases like an angel and gave his readers, listeners and viewers insights others could only dream of. And he did this by ignoring all differences between high- and low-brow, between aristocracy and working class, between fine art and fine engineering.
Gillian Darley, AA Files
Nairn invented a way of looking, a way of writing.
It [Nairn's Towns] should be kept in the glove-box of every car...