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John Madin

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Madin (born in 1925 in Moseley, Birmingham, UK) is one of the most important post-war architect of his hometown Birmingham. In1962, he founded John H D Madin & Partners and later, in 1968, the John Madin Design Group. John Madin Design Group were also responsible for the early designs for Dawley New Town, which later became the city of Telford. During the 1970s, Madin became increasingly involved in master-planning projects in the Middle East.

In his architecture he primarily used pre-cast concrete panels and concrete with rough texture, typical for that period of time and Brutalist architecture style. Most of his designed buildings are public buildings of the city of Birmingham.

His architecture is discussed very ambiguously now, and some of his buildings from the 1960s and 1970s were demolished, for example the AEU Building, Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham (1955, demolished 2005), the Post and Mail building, Birmingham (1960, demolished 2005) and BBC Pebble Mill, Birmingham (demolished 2005). Even though the Birmingham Central Library and Paradise Forum (1974) was recommended twice by the English Heritage for listing, the Central Library will be demolished soon.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
timkos, March 21st, 2011
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