By Owen Hatherley
An anatomy of failed-state Britain, by way of the writer of A consultant to the recent Ruins of serious Britain.
In A advisor to the recent Ruins of significant Britain, Owen Hatherley skewered New Labour’s architectural legacy in all its witless swagger. Now, within the 12 months of the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, he units out to explain what the Coalition’s altogether varied method of financial mismanagement and civic irresponsibility is doing to the locations the place the British stay.
In a trip that starts off and results in the capital, Hatherley takes us from Plymouth and Brighton to Belfast and Aberdeen, when it comes to the eerie urbanism of the Welsh valleys and the much-mocked splendour of modernist Coventry. all over outdoor the factitious Southeast, the construction has stopped in cities and towns, which languish as they stay up for the following bout of self-defeating austerity.
Hatherley writes with unrivalled aggression concerning the disarray of contemporary Britain, and but this continues to be a e-book approximately probabilities remembered, approximately not going successes in the middle of likely inexorable failure. For in addition to trash, old and glossy, Hatherley unearths indicators of the hopeful state Britain as soon as was once and tricks of what it can become.
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