Event review: the launch of the Journey Through Brutalism exhibition at RISE Gallery

Posted on March 12th, by Taylan Tahir in Culture. No Comments

We need to talk about Croydon’s brutalist architecture

Turning off from the relentless stream of cars driving up and down Wellesley Road, I glanced up at the unlit tower of concrete and glass soaring overhead and shimmering in the streetlights. The Nestlé building rested peacefully in the crisp evening air. Its slender vertical structure faded to a dark grey, blending seamlessly into the night sky. I ducked … Read More »

The world is ready for the National Trust’s tours of Croydon

Posted on July 20th, by Taylan Tahir in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Taylan Tahir reveals why the National Trust is swapping cream teas for concrete

Cruising along in a pristine green 1960s Routemaster bus over a futuristic, sweeping flyover also imagined in the 60s gave a small insight into the optimistic vision of Croydon’s post-war Utopia. Speeding over the high street, past the midriff of gleaming towers, we see the fluid, glimmering reflection of sky and urban life: quite … Read More »