Modern Ulster Architecture


David Evans, Mark Hackett, Alastair Hall, Paul Larmour, Charles Rattray

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2006, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, Paperback, 189 pages

Editor Karen Latimer

The book is divided into three sections. In part one, thematic essays trace the evolution of Modernism, the first by Dr Paul Larmour covers the period 1900-1950 and the second, from 1950 to the present day is by David Evans. Both writers are academics with a specialist knowledge of Ulster architecture. A third essay entitled ‘Ulster Modernism: an outside view' is by Charles Rattray, of the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Parts two and three consist of case studies of some fifty buildings and projects belonging to the period 1950-2005. These studies are copiously illustrated with photography by Mark Hackett, an architect in practice, with a special empathy for his subject matter. There are additional contributions from other leading photographers. Architectural drawings accompany each case study and special care has been taken to maintain a consistent format throughout by redrawing material where necessary. Alastair Hall, an architect in practice, joins the two academics Larmour and Evans in providing commentary and analysis for the case studies.

The geographic scope of the book is the ancient province of Ulster (the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society was founded on this basis) and the buildings illustrated reflect this. The authors believe that the wide range of buildings included in their selection will stand the test of time and come to be regarded as influential examples of design.

This is a handsome, stylish production and there is a touch of the Bauhaus in its graphics and presentation. This homage perhaps to the great source of Modernism seems a very appropriate gesture.