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The Cambridge Experiment

Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, Leverhulme Building, Abercromby Square, Liverpool, L69 7ZN, UK
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, 1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX, UK
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Arts 2014, 3(3), 307-334;
Received: 6 June 2014 / Revised: 4 August 2014 / Accepted: 26 August 2014 / Published: 8 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Architectural Photography)
Since the latter part of 19th century photography has played a central role in the development of architecture for its persuasive visual impact. But, despite this clear interaction, there is still reluctance from scholars in accepting less rigid approaches to the two disciplines. Indeed, the combination of the subjects, with the necessary rigour, can open up new and effective horizons for architectural history, with a potential influence on the perceived reality: this could gradually establish attention towards less known heritage. In the case we present here, by means of a provocative exhibition on Cambridge’s buildings after the Second World War, we have used photography to re-evaluate modern architecture. Cambridge in Concrete. Images from the RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection, was held on the occasion of the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture’s Centenary (1912-2012). The cues for our task were contained in the collections of the Royal Institute of British Architects: the photographic archive is the world’s biggest holding of architectural images which, since 2012, has been renamed in honour of Robert Elwall (1953-2012), first curator of the collection. As part of the exhibition we published a limited edition catalogue; we have here revisited, combined and enlarged our original essays. View Full-Text
Keywords: architectural photography; architecture; Cambridge; concrete; Leslie Martin architectural photography; architecture; Cambridge; concrete; Leslie Martin
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Iuliano, M.; Penz, F. The Cambridge Experiment. Arts 2014, 3, 307-334.

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