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A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys through Urban Britain

A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys through Urban Britain

by Owen Hatherley
     
 

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What happens when ruination overtakes regeneration? Following on from A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, Owen Hatherley investigates the fate of British cities in the desolate new world of savage public-sector cuts, when government funds are withdrawn and the Welfare State abdicates. He explores the urban consequences of what Conservatives privately

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What happens when ruination overtakes regeneration? Following on from A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, Owen Hatherley investigates the fate of British cities in the desolate new world of savage public-sector cuts, when government funds are withdrawn and the Welfare State abdicates. He explores the urban consequences of what Conservatives privately call the “progressive nonsense” of the Big Society and “the localism agenda,” the putative replacement of the state with charity and voluntarism; and he casts an eye over the last great Blairite schemes limping to completion, from London’s Shard to the site of the 2012 Olympics. Crisscrossing Britain from Aberdeen to Plymouth, from Croydon to Belfast, A New Kind of Bleak finds a landscape left to rot—and discovers strange and potentially radical things growing in the wasteland.

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“Fierce and original.”—Andy Beckett, Guardian

“[Hatherley is a] humanely barbed Nikolaus Pevsner for our times ... [His] book should be required reading for planners, developers, and architects.”—Jay Merrick, Independent

“He writes with venom and flare ... [It is] refreshing to see politics reintroduced to the architectural debate.”—Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times

“[A] bracing antidote to the faux-chumminess of so much British cultural discourse.”—Sukhdev Sandhu, Icon

“A timely counterpoint to Britain’s jubilee and Olympics self-congratulation ... observed with a precision and fury to force you to open your eyes.”—Ben Felsenburg, Metro

“Engaging, fearless and startlingly intelligent”—Time Out

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844678570
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Owen Hatherley is the author of the acclaimed Militant Modernism, a defense of the modernist movement, and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain. He writes regularly on the political aesthetics of architecture, urbanism and popular culture for a variety of publications, including Building Design, Frieze, the Guardian and the
New Statesman. He blogs on political aesthetics at nastybrutalistandshort.blogspot.com.

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