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Handled with care YRM has produced a tough and inspirational new block for a special-needs school in East London which stems from the best traditions of educational building By Kenneth Powell. Photogr

The school-building programme of the 1950s and 60s was, it has been convincingly argued, the single greatest achievement of the crusade for a new social architecture which gripped Britain in the years after the Second World War. 'Can we build more simply?' asked Stirrat Johnson- Marshall, the central figure in the schools programme, in a radio talk given in 1950 - answering his own question with a plea for a style-free, rational architecture as functionally efficient as it was economical. ...

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