To accompany its exhibition at the British Pavilion during the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, the British Council collaborated with The Vinyl Factory to produce a special book (featuring four different covers) named after the show: A Clockwork Jerusalem.
Ranging from Stonehenge to council estates, Ebenezer Howard to Cliff Richard, ruins and destruction to back-to-the-land rural fantasies through architecture, records and books, A Clockwork Jerusalem explores the culture and products of British modernity as an architectural project and as a wider cultural experience.
It reflects and records the arguments raised in the exhibition and charts the emergence of a particular form of British Modernism, as interpreted by the show’s curators, Sam Jacob (FAT Architecture) and Wouter Vanstiphout (Crimson Architectural Historians).
Published with four different cover images, this book has been conceived as more than a catalogue, featuring essays by the curators and architecture commentator, Owen Hatherley, that propose questions about how the past can inform the future of British architecture.
Published to accompany the exhibition at The British Pavilion, Venice, 7 June – 23 November 2014.
Published by The British Council and The Vinyl Factory