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ROBERT PROCTOR, Building the Modern Church: Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955 to 1975

ROBERT PROCTOR, Building the Modern Church: Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955... Reviews ROBERT PROCTOR, Building the Modern Church: Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955 to 1975,Ashgate, 2014,ISBN: 978-1-4094-4915-7,£75 A book on post-war Modernist church building in these islands is long overdue. Proctor, who has been researching and publishing scholarly articles on Catholic church design since the early noughties, is probably the best placed to write this overarching volume: as the author modestly states: ‘Catholic post-war architecture in Britain has barely been written yet.’ Proctor focuses chiefly on the Catholic parish church (continuing a long-standing English preoccupation with that building type). But, unlike previous periods where church design was at the forefront of architectural innovation, the post-war parish church was not. Among historians of the Modern Movement, church design has been relegated to the periphery when set against mainstream post-war social programmes of the welfare state, like housing, schools and hospitals. Post-war religious architecture had, on the whole, been forced to stick to traditional forms (a free-standing church), and even despite seismic liturgical shifts like Vatican II, churches remained monumental public buildings, where aesthetic concerns (as distinct from social and technical) dominated. Proctor’s book authoritatively attempts to 123 ) Reviews challenge and reposition Catholic Church design in the mainstream history http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

ROBERT PROCTOR, Building the Modern Church: Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955 to 1975

Architectural Heritage , Volume 27 (1): 5 – Nov 1, 2016

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Edinburgh University Press
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1350-7524
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Reviews ROBERT PROCTOR, Building the Modern Church: Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955 to 1975,Ashgate, 2014,ISBN: 978-1-4094-4915-7,£75 A book on post-war Modernist church building in these islands is long overdue. Proctor, who has been researching and publishing scholarly articles on Catholic church design since the early noughties, is probably the best placed to write this overarching volume: as the author modestly states: ‘Catholic post-war architecture in Britain has barely been written yet.’ Proctor focuses chiefly on the Catholic parish church (continuing a long-standing English preoccupation with that building type). But, unlike previous periods where church design was at the forefront of architectural innovation, the post-war parish church was not. Among historians of the Modern Movement, church design has been relegated to the periphery when set against mainstream post-war social programmes of the welfare state, like housing, schools and hospitals. Post-war religious architecture had, on the whole, been forced to stick to traditional forms (a free-standing church), and even despite seismic liturgical shifts like Vatican II, churches remained monumental public buildings, where aesthetic concerns (as distinct from social and technical) dominated. Proctor’s book authoritatively attempts to 123 ) Reviews challenge and reposition Catholic Church design in the mainstream history

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2016

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