A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys Through Urban Britain

By Owen Hatherley

The urban state of the nation—from Olympic dreams to broken Britain

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, but takes in Belfast, Aberdeen, Plymouth and Brighton, Hatherley explores modern Britain’s urban landscape and finds a short-sighted disarray of empty buildings, malls and glass towers. Yet while A New Kind of Bleak anatomizes “broken Britain,” Hatherley also looks to a hopeful future and discovers fragments of what it might look like.

London, 2013, 14 x 21cm, illustrated, 382pp. Paperback.

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