Photographs and thoughts on Post War Development and Architecture in Coventry.
Coventry has been voted one of the ugliest Cities in England.
I’ve lived in Coventry for the majority of my life, and although it’s beauty isn’t conventional, I’ve grown to love the place. The City has something different, and I’m afraid that sensationalist statements about it’s perceived eyesores will invoke a fleeting bulldozer reaction, resulting in the loss of some very important and amazing architecture.
Coventry has always inspired me, I’ve been taking photographs of the cityscape for many years now. It’s possibly the years of visual study that have made me realise that the City has a style of it’s own, with extremely interesting themes, materials and forms. However, the years of neglect have created a real resentment, a longing for a lost place.
The Ring Road is crumbling, the precinct paint is peeling and facias are fronted with plywood. So where did the Civic pride go? Why are some buildings and structures in need of essential maintenance being ignored, while random, shining in-cohesive buildings with no relevance to the City scape are quickly thrown up?
I believe that the key in keeping our City cohesive is respecting, saving and mirroring Coventry’s architectural colours, lines, materials, themes and most of all, celebrating it’s individuality and forward thinking. This includes incorporating Coventry’s character in new designs, and where this has been done it is refreshing and positive.
This is not an ugly City, it is a neglected gem.
I’ve started this page not only to record buildings that I think will soon be lost, but also to record Coventry’s development and architecture as things change. In a recent discussion, Coventry’s Post War style has been described as Neo-classical, Post Modern, Brutalist, Festival, Modernist…the list goes on. I’m not an architect or an expert on building styles. I grew up in Coventry, and my interest stems from my love of the City and my camera. My stance isn’t right or wrong, it’s just my opinion, and I know there are plenty of people who think differently.
I just think it’s time that we took ownership of our city, preserve it’s character, style, uniqueness and recognise this in future developments.
If you have taken the time to read this, I hope you find this section of my site interesting, and maybe even find something of beauty here…