DETAILS is a publication edited by Wayne Head. The series interrogates architectural details in a variety of locations across the UK and further afield. What makes a detail ‘good’ or ‘bad’? What might a detail say about a building, an architect, a place, or a movement in history? If a building can manifest how we think, how does a detail speak about the whole? Can you have good details and a bad building? Or a good building made out of bad details? These and other questions are explored in the publication, a series of illustrated risograph-printed pamphlets. Previous series have looked at The Barbican and Golden Lane Estate, Radical Essex, Clerkenwell and The City of London.
We are currently drawing a set for DETAILS New Towns, a commission by Stevenage Borough Council and Milton Keynes Council. This series intends to investigate the intent, construction, meaning and reality of various details across the New Towns, including civic, public and residential architecture. The project will culminate with a travelling exhibition in September, including the DETAILS drawings, archive material and recent photography. In May 2021, there will be a taster exhibition for one of the Milton Keynes sites, Homeworld 81’, to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Homeworld is an eco-friendly trailblazer exhibition site, featuring a variety of responses and approaches to sustainable residential architecture. This exhibition will feature a variety of drawings from the DETAILS site, and accompanying archive and photographic materials.