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Life of Bryan

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Apackage arrives from Switzerland with two stylish books by Bryan Thurston, Module 1 and Module 2 - their titles a tribute to his hero Le Corbusier.

Born in Suffolk, Thurston worked for YRM in the 1950s and then moved to Switzerland, where he has built some Brutalist-looking houses and schools while turning out designs for everything from London's South Bank to the World Trade Center. As a taxonomist, Thurston rivals Charlie Jencks, producing one timeline that begins with Silbury Hill and Maiden Castle, proceeds via Alberti, Bernini, Loos, Wright and Le Corbusier, to conclude with - yes - Bryan Cyril Thurston. But he includes far more material on the architects he admires than on himself, and leavens the mixture with photographs of his favourite mountains, some family snaps, and a generous selection of his 'ballads', for Thurston is a bit of a poet. If this all sounds something of a mixed bag, the books are surprisingly unified and elegant. They're available at RIBA bookshops and Triangle at the AA, while for details of his four-volume oeuvre complÞte, visit www. bryan-thurston. ch

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