A record of optimism in everyday architecture

Royal Northern College of Music. Photo: Emily Marshall

Manchester Modernist Society has published a new pamphlet, Decades, covering the development of Manchester and its urban landscape from 1945-1984. Modern-day landmarks include the Arndale shopping centre, Royal Exchange Theatre, and the flyovers of the Mancunian Way (50 this May).

Jack Hale of the Manchester Modernist Society said: ‘Decades captures the uniquely Mancunian story behind the buildings we see on a daily basis. Those buildings act as a reminder of the optimistic vision of the past and the human endeavour behind Manchester’s ambitious regeneration.’

Decades is written by James Thorp, with photographs by Emily Marshall, and designed by Jonathan Hitchen. Chapters take the names of tracks by Manchester band Joy Division. It is the second publication in a Manchester trilogy, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Copies cost £7 and are available from the Modernist website.

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