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MILES GLENDINNING, Modern Architect, The Life and Times of Robert Matthew , RIBA, London, 2008, ISBN: 9781859462836, £49.99.

MILES GLENDINNING, Modern Architect, The Life and Times of Robert Matthew , RIBA, London, 2008,... MILES GLENDINNING, Modern Architect, The Life and Times of Robert Matthew, RIBA, London, 2008, ISBN: 9781859462836, £49.99. This tour de force biography of Robert Mathew (1903–75) doesn’t sit comfortably within the traditions of British architectural biography. Unlike most other biographies, it doesn’t focus on the lone artistic individual heroic master, or trace the development of a career through key, lavishly illustrated buildings. But it’s clearly not meant to be conventional. Matthew, the individual, is positioned firmly within an ever-shifting and extraordinary national and international context. It is an interdisciplinary approach with architectural history expertly interweaved with political, social, and cultural processes and development. As historian Andrew Saint claims in his foreword: ‘This is a big book about a big but neglected man.’ Glendinning’s intention is to detail and contextualise Matthew’s life and outstanding achievements for the first time, and to emphasise his position as a key figure in postwar twentieth-century Scottish, British and international architecture. After several hundred pages of detailed history and analysis, it’s very difficult to disagree with the author. But, this biography extends way beyond the confines of an individual ‘life in context’ format: it is the culmination of three decades of the author’s ongoing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

MILES GLENDINNING, Modern Architect, The Life and Times of Robert Matthew , RIBA, London, 2008, ISBN: 9781859462836, £49.99.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 21 (1): 112 – Nov 1, 2010

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Edinburgh University Press
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© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2011
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Reviews; Historical Studies
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
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10.3366/arch.2011.0010
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MILES GLENDINNING, Modern Architect, The Life and Times of Robert Matthew, RIBA, London, 2008, ISBN: 9781859462836, £49.99. This tour de force biography of Robert Mathew (1903–75) doesn’t sit comfortably within the traditions of British architectural biography. Unlike most other biographies, it doesn’t focus on the lone artistic individual heroic master, or trace the development of a career through key, lavishly illustrated buildings. But it’s clearly not meant to be conventional. Matthew, the individual, is positioned firmly within an ever-shifting and extraordinary national and international context. It is an interdisciplinary approach with architectural history expertly interweaved with political, social, and cultural processes and development. As historian Andrew Saint claims in his foreword: ‘This is a big book about a big but neglected man.’ Glendinning’s intention is to detail and contextualise Matthew’s life and outstanding achievements for the first time, and to emphasise his position as a key figure in postwar twentieth-century Scottish, British and international architecture. After several hundred pages of detailed history and analysis, it’s very difficult to disagree with the author. But, this biography extends way beyond the confines of an individual ‘life in context’ format: it is the culmination of three decades of the author’s ongoing

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Published: Nov 1, 2010

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