Ian Nairn set out to prove on national television that architecture was more than just structural design – that it was the creation of place, space and identity. These anecdotal documentaries show Nairn communicating this in his typically brilliant and quixotic style. They take viewers around the British Isles and Europe, with Nairn setting his sights on everything from major civic edifices to pubs and markets – witness here his barbed admiration of Oxford’s cloistered colleges and his love affair with the industrial north.
Followed by a discussion with one of Britain’s greatest writers and architectural filmmakers.
Q&A with Jonathan Meades at the BFI, June 13th 2016