a potential future of British architecture and urbanism

If there is hope in the City, it’s in the conjunction of these two estates and the camp at Paternoster Square. Here the latter’s direct democracy, their egalitarianism and anti-capitalism might lose its anti-industrial biases, their Transition Town off-grid narcissisms, and encounter the sensitively planned, egalitarian, modernist, industrial architecture of the Barbican and Golden Lane. That encounter urgently needs to happen. It is potentially where the future of British architecture and urbanism lies, if it is not to remain the elegant exterior decoration of evil.

Originally published in Building Design, 24 November 2011 as part of Owen Hatherly’s Urban Trawl: The City re-posted at Urban Trawl (here)

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