By Owen Hatherley

ISBN-10: 1844677001

ISBN-13: 9781844677009

A darkly funny architectural consultant to the decrepit new Britain that neoliberalism built.
Back in 1997, New Labour got here to energy amid a lot speak of regenerating the internal towns left to rot lower than successive Conservative governments. Over the subsequent decade, British towns grew to become the laboratories of the recent firm economic system: sparkling monuments to finance, estate hypothesis, and the provider industry—until the crash.

In A advisor to the recent Ruins of serious Britain, Owen Hatherley units out to discover the wreckage—the constructions that epitomized an age of greed and aspiration. From Greenwich to Glasgow, Milton Keynes to Manchester, Hatherley maps the derelict Britain of the 2010s: from riverside condo complexes, artwork galleries and amorphous interactive "centers," to buying department shops, name facilities and factories changed into dear lofts. In doing so, he offers a mordant remark at the city surroundings within which we are living, paintings and eat. Scathing, forensic, bleakly funny, A consultant to the recent Ruins of serious Britain is a coruscating post-mortem of a get-rich-quick, aspirational politics, a super, architectural "state we're in." 250 black-and-white photos and illustrations

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Western Dock The port is divided into leisure and utility. On the one hand you have the cruise ships, on the other containers, with nothing much (save the Isle of Wight ferry) between luxury and automation. I flick through the local Daily Echo and find that soon Southampton will briefly be home to the gargantuan Celebrity Eclipse, ‘a twenty-first century, 122,000-ton engineering marvel’—built of course in Germany rather than the defunct Soton shipyards and 24 southampton: terminus city boasting, among other features, a golf course on its roof.

The South Western Hotel introduces into Southampton a robust urban scale that is replicated nowhere else in the town, with nothing taller (bar the Civic Centre clock tower) built for half a century. Its environs are one of the few places where you can get some idea of what the first skyscrapers might have been like, in that the two-storey surroundings are dominated by something four times their height, and nothing has really attempted to follow it in the immediate area, so it still suggests an imminent departure for somewhere more exciting, frozen in time.

Finally, if this book does that, it is in the hope that from there, people can think about how they can consciously make and consciously transform their environment. I will begin, then, with the environment that did most to shape me. ’ This is how J. B. Priestley opens English Journey, and so begin the accounts of sundry other English travellers from the Edwardian era up to the 1970s. Until Heathrow replaced it, Southampton was where most visitors or returning travellers entered the country. Now, however, the main entities to land at and depart from Southampton are consumer goods, manufactured in China, unloaded at the city’s Container Port, and freighted round the country by rail and lorry.

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