This is what austerity looks like: a nation surviving on the results of what conservatives privately call "the progressive nonsense" of the Big Society agenda. In a journey that begins and ends in the capital, Hatherley takes us from Plymouth and Brighton to Belfast and Aberdeen, by way of the eerie urbanism of the Welsh valleys and the much-mocked splendor of modernist Coventry. Everywhere outside the unreal Southeast, the building has stopped in towns and cities, which languish as they wait for the next bout of self-defeating austerity. Hatherley writes with unrivaled aggression about the disarray of modern Britain, and yet this remains a book about possibilities remembered, about unlikely successes in the midst of seemingly inexorable failure. For as well as trash, ancient and modern, Hatherley finds signs of the hopeful country Britain once was and hints of what it might become.
Publisher: Verso Books
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 553 g
Dimensions: 211 x 141 x 35 mm
"A humanely barbed Nikolaus Pevsner for our times ... This book should be required reading for planners, developers and architects." Independent "Hatherley has busily constructed a cult reputation as the angry young man of architectural criticism." Guardian "Engaging, fearless and startlingly intelligent polemicist" Time Out "Essential reading for anyone who ever feels their blood start to boil when they hear the word 'regeneration.'" Hari Kunzru "Owen Hatherley brings to bear a quizzing eye, venomous wit, supple prose, refusal to curry favour, rejection of received ideas, exhaustive knowledge and all-round bolshiness." Jonathan Meades