Symposium, Conference

The architecture and landscape architecture of the post-war years remains an expanding area of scholarly activity and research. One focus of this research has been on the reconstruction of Europe after 1945 and how it manifested in many ways, in different countries, based, in part, on the cultural traditions and political situations of nation states. Rebuilding was characterised by numerous large-scale infrastructural schemes, including our primary interests of electrical power generation and the improved transportation delivered by new motorways. The scale of this development necessitated a novel approach to design and implementation and new collaborative practice between architects and landscape architects as they considered the siting, visibility, camouflage and composition of these divisive and distinctive massive forms. These physically engineered landscapes were associated with rapid socio-economic and technological developments, the heyday of international modernism and its wholesale adoption by architects and landscape architects. However, the study of the design of infrastructures and the wider cultural and social impact faded from professional discourse during the latter part of the century and is today characterised by techno centric discourse that precludes the act of design in its formative stages. This project will host a two-day pan-European workshop and a one day conference on the topics of landscape and architecture of post-war infrastructure in February 2019.

Project Details


Paul Mellon Centre, MMU International Network Fund


Peter Merriman, Gary Boyd, Michael Dring, Greet de Block, Even Smith Wergeland, Tullia Iori, Sandra Bartoli, Elain Harwood, Hal Moggridge

Research Outputs


Brook, R., 2012. Infra_MANC. Post-war Mancunian Infrastructures, CUBE Gallery & RIBA Hub. Manchester, 24/2/2012 - 23/3/2012.

Internet Publications

Brook, R., 2014. 'Helicopter dreaming: the unrealised plans for city centre heliports in the post-war period',

Brook, R., 2014. 'Trying to close the loop: post-war ring roads in Manchester',

Journal Articles

Coucill, LS., 2017. 'Rescaling Wylfa', The Modernist, 23 (Summer 2017).

Dodge, M., Brook, R., 2014. 'Dreams of Helicopter Travel in the 1950s and Liverpool's Undeveloped Plans for a City Centre Heliport', Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 163, pp. 111-125.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Coucill, L., 2019. 'Industrial Identity and Legacy in the case of the CEGB', The Modernist.

Brook, R., 2015. 'Cold War Concrete: Engineering the Airwaves', The Modernist, 14, pp. 30-33.

Brook, R., 2014. 'Mancunian Way', Architektur in Gebrauch, 3, pp. 3-8.

Conference Papers

Brook, R., 2019. 'Scammonden: Landscape Co-production in the Motorway Age', The Landscape and Architecture of Post-War British Infrastructure, Manchester School of Art, 15/2/2019 - 15/2/2019.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Infrastructure as object and producer', SHU Space & Place conference - Investigating Infrastructure, Sheffield Hallam University, 13/6/2018 - 13/6/2018.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Coucill, L., 2018. 'Territories of Power: Landscapes for Public Amenity', KSA Create Biennial Conference 2018. From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories, University of Kent, Canterbury, 28/6/2018 - 29/6/2018, in

Coucill, LS., 2017. 'Pioneering Power: Design and Coordination in the UKs First Nuclear Programme', Creation/Reaction : ECLAS 2017, Greenwich, London, 10/9/2017 - 13/9/2017, in Proceedings of the ECLAS Conference, Greenwich.


Brook, R., 2019. 'The Mancunian Way: techno-cultures of the post war', Bartlett, University College London.

Brook, R., 2013. 'Manchester. The 59 year history of the inner relief route', Infrastructure and the rebuilt post-war city, Birmingham City University, 25 March 2013.

Other Outputs

Brook, R., 2019. 'The Modernist: Infrastructure. 30'.

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