I was asked by the editor of B. B, Esq. – ‘The thinking man’s guide to the city. A resource for gentlemen with personality, style and a sense of adventure’ – to write the inaugural Fieldnotes column. The Modernist Filter describes the architecture that has been formative in my development as a Modernist. Beautifully illustrated by a former student of the Foundation course at Colchester School of Art, Nicholas Macey, this new online guide is full of promise and will be a popular addition to my browser’s bookmarks.