Gavin Stamp

I went to the start of the Twentieth Century Society’s memorial event for Gavin Stamp, sadly only just long enough to hear Jonathan Meades’s magnificent, vehement paean, delivered in absentia from the Unité d’Habitation and to see unlikely films of Gavin singing the praises of the Birmingham New Street Signal Box, built in the heaviest brutalist style in 1964 and Ralph Erskine’s Byker Estate, which was perhaps a more likely place for him to admire for its communitarian principles. What came across from Ken Powell was the unpredictability of his taste, hating everything by Norman Foster and Jim Stirling, excoriating the work of Quinlan Terry at Downing, but admiring the work of Caruso St. John at Walsall and Nottingham. Most of all, he liked championing the underdog with robust and unpredictable independence.

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2 thoughts on “Gavin Stamp

  1. A wonderful man, not just because he loved my Museums book ! He worked with Colin McWilliam on his brilliant Pevsner on EDINBURGH, probably the best Pevsner there is. His knowledge was remarkable, and he wrote well. A real loss.

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