Modern architecture - Exceptional landscaping - Community life
Books about Span
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date: November 2006
Publisher: Strike Press
Eric Lyons and Span
Brand new from RIBA Publishing, Eric Lyons and Span...
Lavishly illustrated and deeply researched, this book celebrates the work of the architect Eric Lyons OBE (1912–1980), whose famous post-war housing – that today would be marketed as ‘lifestyle housing' – is as well loved today as it was vibrantly successful when first constructed. Built almost entirely for Span Developments, its mission was to provide an affordable environment "that gave people a lift".
Influenced by Walter Gropius, Lyons brought a commitment to high density housing and the idea of fostering community into his Span work without compromising his intuitive sensitivity for landscape. His success brought the practice an impressive array of awards and led to a term as President of the RIBA. The enduring success of his design philosophy can be traced forward to 2005, when Span received a special Housing Design Award given to schemes that meet the current Sustainable Communities Plan. Indeed, the concept of Span mirrors current best practice thinking in housing design and continues to offer a fresh, relevant challenge to volume housebuilders in Britain today. This book serves as a lively reminder of that fact.
Written by distinguished historians, practitioners and Span enthusiasts, the book has been researched using the archive compiled by Ivor Cunningham, one of Lyons' ex-partners while a detailed gazetteer contains scale plan drawings of many of Span's housing templates.
The Spirit of Span Housing
This is a self-pubished book by James Strike, an architectural historian and resident of Fieldend, a span estate.
This small book aims to capture the spirit of Span housing, detailing all the estates and focusing on Fieldend as a typical example.
The book brings together material from various sources and this is treated in such as way so as to emulate the ephemeral/vintage feel of the content; black and white images appear as halftone dots and slides and colour photograhs appear as objects to give a sense of belonging. The book is simply laid out, produced and bound, in sympathy with the span ideals.