These two books represent two-thirds of the publications by Ian Nairn, who saw no reason to hold back in criticising modern architectural developments and planning in the 15 years or so after WWII. With many B/W photographs illustrating the text, they present a contemporary overview of the London scene which would be of interest to any student of architecture or history.
Ian Douglas Nairn (1930–1983) was the British architectural critic who coined the word 'subtopia' to describe drab, identical suburbs created through unimaginative town-planning. He published two strongly personalised critiques of London and Paris, and collaborated with Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, who considered his reports to be too subjective, but acknowledged him as the better writer. He later went on to write "Nairn's London" in 1966.
'Modern Buildings in London' was published by London Transport in 1964. Our copy is in good general condition, with some external rubbing and wear at angles and edges, but no frank damage. A white line down the spine might indicate loose pages, but inside the binding is holding well and there is no sign of detachment. Very light tanning throughout, previous owner's name in biro on front fep, all pages clean.
Our copy of 'Nairn's London' is in generally good condition though the cover is rather grubby, and the spine in particular worn so that the title etc is almost illegible. Inside, the binding is reasonably firm, with no loose pages. All pages considerably browned, but all unmarked.