A New Kind of Bleak

A New Kind of Bleak:Journeys through Urban Britain

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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.
Illustrated by Laura Oldfield Ford, author and artist of Savage Messiah.


  • A humanely barbed Nikolaus Pevsner for our times ... This book should be required reading for planners, developers and architects.

  • Hatherley has busily constructed a cult reputation as the angry young man of architectural criticism.

  • Engaging, fearless and startlingly intelligent polemicist.

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