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Structuring a Report
If you have some time to spare, try this exercise.

“The architecture of the swinging Sixties has long been despised. But today, at the end of the century, opinions are changing. Will we learn to love Sixties buildings?”
Here is a list of points about the subject. How would you group them to provide a well structured piece of writing?

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Sixties music, clothes and art are again in fashion. The decade was the time of defective tower blocks The Twentieth Century Society is honouring the decade with a conference called “Sixties Lifestyle Architecture” Some Sixties buildings have already become listed Will we see the day when the Michelin Guide says Croydon is “worth a detour”? The decade’s best known architect was Colonel Richard Seifert The Sixties was an era of collapsing ideals in architecture rather than the creation of new ones Like the Victorians, Sixties architects and planners casually ripped up cities The free-wheeling, glamorous energy of the music, art and fashion was certainly lacking in the decade’s most prominent buildings It has been said that no architect since Christopher Wren had made as much impact on the capital as Seifert For most people, reviving Sixties architecture would be like bringing back smallpox The Twentieth Century Society is accelerating the process of making the decade’s architecture into heritage Every era, no matter how despised at the time, has found admirers in later generations Sotheby’s sells Sixties furniture for ever increasing prices Buildings of the Sixties remain thoroughly unloved The still distant end of the process will be the day when Sixties office blocks are pointed out on double decker tour buses

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you have to wait until the end of the 1970s Corrupt local politicians took backhanders in return for council housing contracts Architects created structures like the Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury and Pimlico School in central London Seifert designed Centrepoint in central London In his “Buildings of England” guide books the great historian Nikolaus Pevsner adopts a tone of distaste when describing Seifert’s work Seifert’s Piccadilly development in Manchester has been criticised. finished in 1977. older men Pevsner describes Centrepoint as “coarse in the extreme” Seifert was mistrusted by his own profession for being brash and commercial As with art-deco architecture.Skills Project Pilot Pack 17 18 19 For buildings that reflect the spirit of the Sixties. the vulgarity of Seifert can also be seen as inventive vitality Richard Seifert worked mainly for property developers and banks Designers today draw much inspiration from Sixties interiors 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 2 . and considered vulgar The Pompidou Centre in Paris. is probably the first building to reflect the true spirit of the Sixties Architecture was not one art from that was swinging in the Sixties Buildings take a long time to construct and are usually entrusted to experienced.

26. 8. 14. 3 . 27 Colonel “Dick” Siefert . 16 Remember. 17. 29 Conclusions .1 3. you can find more help on structuring reports on the website. 20. 12.Skills Project Pilot Pack Suggested Solution There is no “correct” solution to this. 15. 18. 6.10. 4 Products of the generation . 3. 21.7. 9. 23.5. 30 Background . 24 His creative genius .6. 25 2.2 4) Buildings of the generation . 22.1.1 2. 11.2 3) 3.19.2. 28 His critics .21. 13. but this is one suggestion: 1) 2) Introduction .

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