Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

Townscape: a critical history

Team: Project Timeframe: 2010-13

This project examines the history and significance of the mid-twentieth century British Townscape campaign. Aitchison’s doctoral dissertation, Visual Planning and Exterior Furnishing: A Critical History of the Early Townscape Movement, 1930 to 1949, outlined Townscape’s wider history in twentieth century discourses. Visual Planning and the Picturesque, (2010) was the first publication of Nikolaus Pevsner’s 1940s treatise on urban design. In July 2011, Aitchison organised the first retrospective of Townscape in London, the proceedings of which will be published in a themed issue of the Journal of Architecture in 2012, titled “Townscape Revisited.” Aitchison is currently working toward publishing the first monograph on Townscape.

Related Publications: 
  • Book Chapters

    Aitchison, M. (2010). Pevsner’s Townscape. In Mathew Aitchison (Eds.), Visual Planning and the Picturesque, (pp. 1-43). Santa Monica: The Getty Center.

    Aitchison, M. (2014). The Architecture of Industry: Changing Paradigms in Industrial Building and Planning. Farnham: Ashgate.

    Edited Journals  

    Aitchison, M. (2012). Townscape Revisited: The Journal of Architecture. The Journal of Architecture, 17(5).

    Back to the Future: FIFO, Mining and Urbanisation in Australia. In Philip Goldswain, Nicole Sully, William M. Taylor (Eds.) Out of Place: Occasional essays on Australian regional communities and built environments in transition: Gwalia, (pp. 267-301). Crawley: UWA Publishing.


    Aitchison, M. (2014). From Visual Planning to Outrage: Townscape and the Art of Environment. European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Third International Meeting, Torino: Politecnico di Torino.

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