Think of Brighton and Hove buildings and the Regency splendour of Brunswick Square, the finery of the Pavilion or the ruins of the West Pier come to mind. But the city has a host of stunning buildings from more recent times, buildings that tell a contemporary story of Brighton and Hove.
The Modern Brighton and Hove map is a guide to architecture in Brighton and Hove and its close surrounds built in the last 100 years, including Brutalist, Modernist, Art Deco and contemporary architecture. Alongside the map is a programme of guided tours of routes through the city, the next one on 17th September.
As Map team member, Dr Cara Courage, states: ‘As Brighton and Hove looks back at times of rapid development, sees around it in the present pockets of substantial regeneration, and faces vital issues of housing and growth, the Modern Brighton and Hove map functions as an asset for the current city to act both as a record of the city’s modern era architecture, as well as a prompt to debate, and as a legacy for the future city.’
The two-sided full-colour map illustrates over 50 examples of modern architecture across the city, those that are celebrated and listed for their architectural significance, those that go unrecognised, and those that are signalling new ways of living, from Modernist Embassy Court and Saltdean Lido, to Brutalist Hove Town Hall and Brighton Centre and Odeon, and contemporary builds such as the Diggers, the Earthship and the Greenway Houses.
The map is available to buy from the Modern Brighton and Hove website, http://modernbrightonandhove.net, and City Books in Hove, and lists tours and talks from the team and those that people can follow on their own, map in hand.
Join a guided walk
The next guided walk is on 17th September, around the post-war and eco self-builds of Bevendean and Moulsecoomb, Brighton and Sussex Universities, and the Amex Stadium. The walks are free but sign up is required, via the website and Brighton and Hove Urban Ramblers on MeetUp. The RIBA is also running tours of a selection of the buildings during Brighton Open Doors, part of Heritage Open Days, 7th to 10th September.
In this blog post Cara Courage FRSA talks about the often overlooked modern architecture of the Brighton and Hove area. She considers the variation in buildings that Brighton is known for and announces the next guided walk of the area.