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Iconicon by John Grindrod
Iconicon is published by Faber & Faber in hardback at £20.

John Grindrod

Iconicon

A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain

A captivating exploration of Britain’s most iconic contemporary buildings, from the Barratt home to the Millennium Dome.

Wimpey homes. Millennium monuments. Riverside flats. Wind farms. Spectacular skyscrapers. City centre apartments. Out of town malls.

The buildings designed in our lifetimes encapsulate the dreams and aspirations of our culture, while also revealing the sobering realities. Whether modest or monumental, they offer a living history of Britain, symbols of the forces that have shaped our modern landscape and icons in their own right.

Iconicon is an enthralling journey around the Britain we have created since 1980: the horrors and delights, the triumphs and failures. From space-age tower blocks to suburban business parks, and from postmodernist exuberance to Passivhaus eco-efficiency, this is at once a revelatory architectural grand tour and an endlessly witty and engaging piece of social history.

“A love letter to contemporary buildings and a fantastic account of recent British history, rich in humour.” — Nina Stibbe.

“Brilliant, encyclopaedic, funny and often cutting.” — Danny Dorling.

“An eloquent, witty, passionate tour of Britain since the 1980s.” — John Boughton.

“Recounts the stories of our lived landscapes with wit, passion and a shot of anger.” — Tom Dyckoff.

“Grindrod has spoken to everyone and his observations are humane and acute.” — Owen Hatherley.