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Tributes paid to 'thinking man's architect' Bryan Avery (1944-2017)


I first came across Bryan because of his almost entirely infeasible and delightful early 1980s idea to deck over Oxford Street as a way of dealing with one of London's most unappealing problems, its permanent bus queue still asphyxiating people (mainly tourists and visitors now) while they innocently shop. We loved it in those lead-supplemented-petrol-driven days. He had a charming, gleeful willingness to have a go using architecture to demolish urban shibboleths and present fresh enticing visions. Perhaps he was the last of the visionary Modernists? I wish he'd built more of them. The rare but great conversations we had don't make up for that, and I still salute the originality and spectacle of his IMAX which transformed the grim pedestrianised wasteland of Waterloo roundabout, and the eccentric, shoehorned subterranean world of his BFI - both of which kind of kick-started the South Bank's renaissance.

Posted date

6 July, 2017

Posted time

11:59 am


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