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Acroshaw: Forgotten, but not Forgiven

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Stephen Parnell



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Between the Standard Catalogue Company selling AD and Andreas Papadakis's Academy Editions buying it in 1977, the magazine was owned for a year by an off-the-shelf company called Acroshaw, set up by the editors Martin Spring and Haig Beck. This precarious year, when AD was perilously close to closing down, is forgotten in history, but was definitive in turning the previous champion of neo-avant-garde movements such as Brutalism, Cedric Price, and Archigram into the mouthpiece of Charles Jencks and Post-modernism. Through oral history, biography, and previously unseen notes taken by Spring at the time, this article recounts this fateful year in detail. It describes the struggles between the uncomfortable ménage à trois of Spring, Beck and Papadakis, demonstrating how an acute business acumen prevailed over architectural idealism in the battle to define architecture.

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Author(s): Parnell S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Architecture and Culture

Year: 2018

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 37-59

Print publication date: 01/04/2018

Online publication date: 24/04/2018

Acceptance date: 27/09/2017

Date deposited: 03/10/2017

ISSN (print): 2050-7828

ISSN (electronic): 2050-7836

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/20507828.2017.1386455


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