Owen Hatherley is a freelance writer, working regularly for the New Statesman and The Wire, writing about music, film, art and politics but mainly architecture and urbanism, as well as researching a phd thesis on Americanism in the Weimar Republic and the USSR at Birkbeck College.
As an outlet for the non-academic and unpublishable he keeps the weblog sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy nastybrutalistandshort.blogspot.com, and as more academic site, The Measures Taken themeasurestaken.blogspot.com
His first book, Militant Modernism, a defence of modernism against its defenders, is published by Zero Books in April 2009.
The refurbishment of Paris’s Tour Bois-le-Prêtre shows us how it could be done, says Owen Hatherley
Our most famous university cities are always worth a visit… or would be, if their finest landmarks weren’t closed off to outsiders
With 18 pubs closing each week, part of the UK’s street history is vanishing. Yet many of the finest documented by Ian Nairn are still there to be celebrated
- Halifax HQ: A building that looks out of place but isn’t
- Knocking through the social divides
- Sergison Bates Architects: Buildings
- British housing seems to be sobering up
- UCL’s new site is not ‘in’ Stratford at all
- Alan Colquhoun: a life in words and buildings
- Modernism has lost a sense of purpose