John Madin was first a victor, then a victim of Birmingham's identity crisis

Demolition of John Madin's Birmingham library is well underway

It should come as no surprise that England’s second city has systematically destroyed much of its best modernist architecture. It has form for this kind of iconoclasm, says Ben Flatman

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