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The Lawn

The Lawn in Harlow New Town was Britain’s first ever point block style of high rise flats to be completed. Its opening coincided with the Festival of Britain in 1951, and was built so as to preserve a number of old oak trees within its vicinity.

Designed by architect Sir Frederick Gibberd, the ‘butterfly’ plan of each of four flats on a floor means that each balcony and living room faces south. Gibberd was appointed master planner for Harlow New Town in 1946, and his original designs for the town are considered one of his greatest achievements, among other projects including Liverpool Catholic Cathedral, the first three Heathrow terminals, and The Central Mosque in Regents Park.

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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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