Clare Dales on 'Outrage & Counter-Attack: Visual Planning, the Picturesque and its Representation'
15 Aug 2013
BA Architecture student Clare Dales has recently won joint second prize at the University of Brighton’s June and Sidney Crown dissertation prize for the best final year undergraduate student's research dissertation across the Faculty of Arts, with her dissertation titled 'Outrage & Counter-Attack: Visual Planning, the Picturesque and its Representation'.
Rationale for Nomination:
This dissertation constitutes an original piece of research on the ‘Outrage’ and ‘Counter Attack’ special issues of the Architectural Review in the mid-1950s. It clearly draws out the relevance of these two editions for the current debate on the role of architectural journals, as well as on English urban planning history. The essay contains elaborate discussions of the picturesque, architectural photography, and English planning and offers an original and robust account of the historical subject matter.
The author engages with a broad range of literature from books to journal articles including an unpublished PhD thesis, provides a thorough reading of the primary research material, its objectives and methods of representation, and establishes the role and importance of the Architectural Review issues in question within architectural history.
The discussion of the visual methods of representation is revealing, especially in relation to architectural photography and mixed media representations of duration. As such the dissertation adds to a body of recent, renewed interest in the historical 'Townscape' movement as well as to newer forms of urban research and landscape urbanism. The dissertation demonstrates the value of the historical material to contemporary practices of exploring the existing built environment, engages with it architecturally, and proposes solutions for its improvement.
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