A New Book
July 25, 2014
A new book by Dr Jessica Holland, who works in our Chester team, has been published this month. The Architecture of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew: Twentieth Century Architecture, Pioneer Modernism and the Tropics by Iain Jackson and Jessica Holland was written as part of a two-year, Leverhulme-funded research project at Liverpool School of Architecture.
Maxwell Fry (1899-1987) and Jane Drew (1911-96) were pioneers of modernist architecture in Britain and its former colonies from the late 1920s to the early 1970s. Their work is used here to trace the development of modernism during the twentieth century from its inception and spread into the late-colonial arena, through to its post-war re-evaluation. The book examines Fry and Drew’s highly influential ‘Tropical Architecture’ in West Africa and India, and their British work, such as their post-Second World War projects for the Festival of Britain and Harlow New Town.
The project also included: organising a two-day conference on Fry and Drew; setting up a blog to document their work; and undertaking research trips to India, Ghana and Nigeria to study and record their buildings.