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The Americans built the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, the Rockefeller Center and the Hoover Dam in the Great Depression.” A number of Norman Foster’s generation of British architects, born in the Thirties – children of the Blitz, rationing, national service and austerity – were inspired by the sheer oomph of the United States to nurture a form of architecture, loosely labelled “High Tech”, that was to become one of Britain’s most strikingly visible exports.This phenomenon will be examined and celebrated in The Brits Who Built the Modern World, an exhibition at the new Architecture Gallery of RIBA in London, as well as a three-part BBC Four television series of the same name.I drove up to Suffolk on a summer’s day in a borrowed open-top sports car, and was feeling rather carefree in T-shirt and jeans.

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Their many memorable buildings include the Pompidou Centre; Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport; the Schlumberger Research Centre, Cambridge, visible from the M11; the Berlin Stock Exchange; and excursions into Eighties Postmodernism such as Farrell’s MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall.

SIR TERRY FARRELL: Swapping skyscrapers for mews houses Foster, who funded his way through the University of Manchester taking any job going, from ice-cream salesman to nightclub bouncer, won a fellowship to Yale in 1961, where he teamed up with Richard Rogers.

I suppose, influenced by Archigram [a group of Pop Art-meets-sci-fi architect tutors at the AA], we were thinking of something like the Pompidou Centre, although that was still in the future.

“Philosophically, we’d been thinking about demountable, indeterminate buildings rooted in change and flexibility and even – like Ron Herron’s fantasy design for a ‘Walking City’ – buildings that could move.

It was an architecture as light on its foundations as much British architecture of the time was heavily reliant on millions of tons of poured concrete. ” sighs Nick Grimshaw, a Sussex-born son of an engineer, as we tour his latest projects on screen in his Clerkenwell studio.

“As a student at the Architectural Association, I didn’t think Le Corbusier or Denys Lasdun particularly modern.

“I’m not too sure about the title,” says Terry Farrell, like Foster a working-class boy from Manchester, when we meet in his office, a former aircraft components factory off Edgware Road in London. It makes us sound as if we’re empire-builders, waving Union Jacks, and achieving far more than we have.

The amount we build compared to what’s been happening in Asia, by Asians, today is very small indeed.” While Farrell is surely right in terms of quantity, the architects starring in The Brits Who Built the Modern World – Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Michael and Patty Hopkins, Nicholas Grimshaw and Farrell himself – have been highly influential around the world in terms of invention, skill and sheer chutzpah.

They travelled extensively to see buildings by American legends such as Frank Lloyd Wright, but also to learn from works by European émigrés, among them Mies van der Rohe and Rudolf Schindler, who helped revolutionise American architecture even as the US changed them.

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