Have spent most of today reading this. It’s fascinating to learn about the desire to link arts and sciences in the 1930’s, architecture and social responsibility. It’s so interesting to learn about how this informed the architectural design of the day, and also the future. And now I bizarrely want to revisit Dudley Zoo, as I don’t think I fully appreciated the Lubetkin when I was 8. Great find from Oxfam books in Cheltenham yesterday.

Pelican read of the week – Changing Man’s Behaviour by H.R. Beech

Changing Man's Behaivior Pelican read of the week – Changing Man’s Behaviour by H.R. Beech With my purchases of Pelicans, the cover and content have to stand out. This one looks interesting in both respects. The cover art is by Ian McLaren, there is a great article on him here  I’m interested in the reasons behind our behaviour, how we are reluctant to look at our natural urges and instincts because they might raise difficult questions, how they are controlled for acceptance and to ensure society comfortably sleepwalks. They might reveal answers that aren’t easy to deal with…

Electronic Music: Allen Strange


This book is a comprehensive guide to electronic music, covering methods & techniques. Most importantly it is accessible, I don’t have an extensive knowledge of the theory around sound synthesis or electronic engineering, so it’s been a useful book for me to learn from and I go back to it all the time. Aside from that, the cover image is pretty psychedelic, contrasted with the stark text box and type it works wonderfully.

Architecture in the Twentieth Century: Peter Gössel & Gabriele Leuthäuser

Architecture Book

A comprehensive guide to twentieth century architecture, beautiful large format photos and an expanse of information on architects and their work. I love dipping into this book. And, this edition has a beautiful cover design, lush colour and lines.