Bleak Houses – Timothy Brittain-Catlin

20140401 Bleak Houses

The old maxim that ‘history favours the victors’ applies particularly well to architecture. The history of architects and their buildings is a story of great (almost always) men, rising to the challenges of their times and translating the will of their epoch into space. But there’s also a whole world of blocks and stoppages which have their own history, from unbuilt schemes such as Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, or lost, lamented buildings like the old Euston Station. This droopier history – romantic, lamenting – has its own, ironically rather successful, niche.

Full article at RIBA Journal