Gritty Brits presents recent work by six architectural practices: Adjaye/Associates, Caruso St. John Architects, FAT [Fashion Architecture Taste], Níall McLaughlin Architects, muf, and Sergison Bates architects. All born in the 1960s, these architects are conscious of the legacy of architects and artists of earlier generations. Running through their work are echoes of English architectural culture of the 1950s and early 1960s, a period in which High Modernist beliefs in functionalism and rationality were being reappraised in the aftermath of World War II, in which issues of construction were valued together with a sense of what is now called Pop culture.
They approach architecture not from an abstract theoretical position but in a more empirical manner that allows them to make use of whatever seems most appropriate in a given situation. As they respond to an eclectic society where alternative lifestyles co-exist alongside myriad ethnic groups, they are creating new programmatic types and using materials and ornament in inventive ways.
Through models, photographs, drawings, film, and DVDs, the exhibition will transmit some flavor of London today, a city that benefits from the grain of time and history while also undergoing tremendous economic and social change. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed by Graphic Thought Facility (GTF), London.