Tribute to Sheffield’s unlikely iconic architecture in new book

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Iconic Park Hill, a motorway bridge and a derelict hotel are just some of the sites paid tribute to in a new guide to Shefifeld.

The Modernist Guide to Sheffield was launched on Saturday as part of Sheffield Design Week.

Emma England, director of RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) Yorkshire, who has written an introduction to the guide told the Telegraph that the guide hopes to change people’s perceptions of buildings built in the 50s and 60s.

“Modernism principles include ‘form follows function’ and a rejection of classicalism,” she said. “It was born out of a belief in the power of architecture to change people’s lives for the better.

Sheffield was heavily bombed in the Second World War and this architecture was a response to that.”

The book is the first in a series and will be followed up by the Modernist™ Guide to London and then a series of regularly published international City Guides.

The Modernist™ Guides will show off classic examples of 20th Century Modernist architecture in cities around the world.

Each guide has a large A2 map that showcases the sites where modernism took root and developed in each city.

The guide has been published by MADE NORTH, a network of designers in northern England, it costs £5 and is available from various galleries and museums across Sheffield and online from