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Eric Lyons and Span

Author/EditorLyons: Simma, Barbara (Author)
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
ISBN: 9781859468425
Pub Date01/10/2017
BindingPaperback
Pages240
Dimensions (mm)226(h) * 246(w)
¥4,851
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Due to popular demand we are delighted to offer this new paperback edition of Eric Lyons and Span.

Lavishly illustrated and deeply researched, this book celebrates the work of the architect Eric Lyons OBE (1912-1980), whose famous post-war housing - that today would be marketed as 'lifestyle housing' - is as well-loved today as it was vibrantly successful when first constructed. Built almost entirely for Span Developments, its mission was to provide an affordable environment "that gave people a lift".

Influenced by Walter Gropius, Lyons brought a commitment to high density housing and the idea of fostering community into his Span work without compromising his intuitive sensitivity for landscape. His success brought the practice an impressive array of awards and led to a term as President of the RIBA.

The enduring success of his design philosophy can be traced forward to 2005, when Span received a special Housing Design Award given to schemes that meet the current Sustainable Communities Plan. Indeed, the concept of Span mirrors current best practice thinking in housing design and continues to offer a fresh, relevant challenge to volume housebuilders in Britain today. This book serves as a lively reminder of that fact.

Written by distinguished historians, practitioners and Span enthusiasts, the book has been researched using the archive compiled by Ivor Cunningham, one of Lyons ex-partners while a detailed gazetteer contains scale plan drawings of many of Spans housing templates.

Due to popular demand we are delighted to offer this new paperback edition of Eric Lyons and Span.

Lavishly illustrated and deeply researched, this book celebrates the work of the architect Eric Lyons OBE (1912-1980), whose famous post-war housing - that today would be marketed as 'lifestyle housing' - is as well-loved today as it was vibrantly successful when first constructed. Built almost entirely for Span Developments, its mission was to provide an affordable environment "that gave people a lift".

Influenced by Walter Gropius, Lyons brought a commitment to high density housing and the idea of fostering community into his Span work without compromising his intuitive sensitivity for landscape. His success brought the practice an impressive array of awards and led to a term as President of the RIBA.

The enduring success of his design philosophy can be traced forward to 2005, when Span received a special Housing Design Award given to schemes that meet the current Sustainable Communities Plan. Indeed, the concept of Span mirrors current best practice thinking in housing design and continues to offer a fresh, relevant challenge to volume housebuilders in Britain today. This book serves as a lively reminder of that fact.

Written by distinguished historians, practitioners and Span enthusiasts, the book has been researched using the archive compiled by Ivor Cunningham, one of Lyons ex-partners while a detailed gazetteer contains scale plan drawings of many of Spans housing templates.

Barbara Simms is a garden and landscape historian with a particular interest in the design, conservation and interpretation of landscapes of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Barbara was co-coordinator of the MA Garden History at Birkbeck, University of London, until 2012 and is now course director of the MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research. A former owner of a T8 house in Wimbledon, she completed her dissertation on landscape conservation on Span estates at the Architectural Association.

Chapter 1: The Architect in Society: Eric Lyons, his circle and his values - Neil Bingham Chapter 2: Models for suburban living - Alan Powers Chapter 3: Landscape first and last - Jan Woudstra Chapter 4: Building for Span and the public sector - Elain Harwood Chapter 5: New Ash Green: Span's 'latter 20th century village in Kent' - Patrick Ellard Chapter 6: Community and common space: the role of residents' societies - Barbara Simms Chapter 7: People's homes: Span in the 21st century - Madeleine Adams and Charlie MacKeith Chapter 8: Images - Photography by Tim Crocker Chapter 9: The Office - Compiled by Ivor Cunningham and Research Design Chapter 10: Gazetteer

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