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Published by Thames & Hudson, September 2005.

After SuperDutch, Swiss Made and All-American, Anglo Files is the latest in the series of country-specific volumes that examines the most interesting trends in contemporary architecture. This book provides an up-to-date and exciting overview of UK architects making an impact worldwide, among them David Adjaye, FOA, FAT and Caruso St John.

Unique to this survey of young UK architects is the synthesis of foreign cultures with local conditions and sensibilities. Many of the architects featured originate from outside the UK, and each has carved out a distinctive path of theory and practice.

The heart of the book contains profiles of fourteen architectural practices, each presented in six-eight recent projects and shown in detail through photographs, plans and computer renderings. The profiles are book ended by two essays: one that considers the cultural and political context for the work, and a second that discusses the contribution of a number of up and coming studios beginning to make a mark in the fields of urban design and public housing.

Featured architectural practices: Adjaye Associates; Alison Brooks Architects; Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Caruso St John; de Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM); Deborah Saunt David Hills Architects (DSDHA); FAT; Kathryn Findlay; Foreign Office Architects (FOA); Gollifer Langston; Klein Dytham architecture (KDa); muf; Sergison Bates; S333.

Architects covered in the two essays: AOC; Ash Sakula; atopia; Bill Dunster; East; Field Operations; Fluid; Jamie Foubert; General Public Agency (curators/facilitors)/Nils Norman (artist); Gross.Max; Hudson Architects; Sebastian Khourian and Ciro Najle; McDowell + Benedetti; Niall McLaughlin; Office of Subversive Architecture; Plasma Studio; Annalie Riches, Silvia Ullmayer and Barti Garibaldo; ShedKM; Softroom; Surface; Tonkin Liu; Charles Walker (engineer); Adams Kara Taylor (engineers); Michael Hadi (engineer); Sarah Wigglesworth Architects; Dominic Williams; Witherford Watson & Mann; ZM Architects.

Book designed by Melanie Mues

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Anglo Files is also published by Princeton Architectural Press, New York, USA, as British Built: UK architecture's rising generation, and by Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Munich, Germany, as Made in Britain: neue Architektur in Großbritannien (ISBN 3-421-03540-7), by arrangement with Thames & Hudson, London

The launch of Anglo Files took place on September 27, 2005, at RIBA in London.

Launch programme:
Represented by a growing body of work emerging across different contexts and cultures, the research-driven architecture of many of the UK's younger practices applies fresh, process-based strategies for dealing with complex, frequently contradictory public and private demands. In what ways are architects developing the discipline's tools and knowledge base, and creating qualities of spatial differentiation in response to society's evolving cultural patterns? What prospects does urban design - operating as cross-disciplinary collaboration between architects, masterplanners, landscape architects and other city planning specialists - offer in generating new identities for civic communities which balance social and technical issues and avoid the mistakes of the past?

Engaging with these questions are architects David Adjaye (Adjaye/Associates), Simon Allford and Paul Monaghan (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris), Alison Brooks (ABA), Dominic Papa (S333) and Deborah Saunt (DSDHA) in discussion with critic, author and curator Lucy Bullivant.

Related lectures by Lucy Bullivant:

Anglo Files in Tokyo, 3 November 2005, 7-9pm
B1F 3.1.25 Nishi Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031, Japan T: 03.5412.0515 | F: 03.5412.0516

The Tokyo launch of Anglo Files: UK architecture's rising generation. Lecture by Lucy Bullivant. Architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein from KDa and architect Julian Worrell join Lucy in conversation after her talk.

Event supported by: The British Embassy, Tokyo, Superdeluxe, Risa & Partners and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.


Thurs 24 November 2005, 6 pm
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Conference Room G12
Southampton Row
London WC1B 4AP T: 020 7514 7022

Lucy Bullivant discusses her new book, Anglo Files. This talk is the first in a series of talks to raise the profile of architecture as part of the BA (Hons) Arts, Design & Environment course at Central Saint Martins.
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Thurs 12 January 2006, 6pm-8pm
Hafele Showroom, 25 E. 26th St. New York

British Built: Bridging the Divide & British Built - excellence in design is achieved by collaboration.

Sponsored by: Hafele, RIBA-USA NY Chapter and the AIA International Committee

Introduction by NY Chapter chair Jonathan Wimpenny (AIA, RIBA). Opening address by Jack Pringle, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects

Engineer Tim Macfarlane presents the work of Dewhurst Macfarlane and discusses how close working collaborations between engineers and architects lead to better completed projects. Dewhurst Macfarlane's extensive US projects (both with UK and US architects) offer the opportunity to discuss the various cultural differences between UK and US professional practice and how good practice can encourage excellence in design.

Lucy Bullivant, author, discusses her new book, British Built: UK architecture's rising generation (Princeton Architectural Press), and introduces Simon Allford and Paul Monaghan from the UK practice of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), who are one of those featured and give a talk about their many recently published projects.

Speakers: Jack Pringle, Tim MacFarlane, Lucy Bullivant, Simon Allford and Paul Monaghan, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)


Fri 13 January 2006, 6.30pm
The Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

The Architectural League and Urban Center Books present

Architecture and Books:
British Built: UK architecture's rising generation (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005)

Lecture by author Lucy Bullivant, followed by panel discussion with British architects Simon Allford and Paul Monaghan of AHMM, and William Menking, Editor, The Architect's Newspaper.

In her new book, author Lucy Bullivant evaluates the local and international contributions made to architecture and urban design by the UK's younger generation of practitioners over the last 10-15 years, a time of major political and cultural transition in British society. The contemporary synthesis of foreign cultures with local conditions and sensibilities is central to their emerging visions, as urban regeneration, typified by the sustainable ethos of the London Olympics 2012 masterplanning teamwork, issues of diversification in public housing and the challenge of making urban communities equipped for the 21st century, move higher up the political agenda. Following her presentation, architectural curator and critic Lucy Bullivant will discuss the book's main themes with featured architects AHMM and local commentator William Menking. Reception to follow.

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