Trans-europe Express: Tours Of A Lost Continent by Owen HatherleyTrans-europe Express: Tours Of A Lost Continent by Owen Hatherley

Trans-europe Express: Tours Of A Lost Continent

byOwen Hatherley

Paperback | October 29, 2019

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'A scathing, lively and timely look at the "European city", from one of our most provocative voices on culture and architecture today' Owen Jones

A searching, timely account of the condition of contemporary Europe, told through the landscapes of its cities

Over the past twenty years European cities have become the envy of the world: a Kraftwerk Utopia of historic centres, supermodernist concert halls, imaginative public spaces and futuristic egalitarian housing estates which, interconnected by high-speed trains traversing open borders, have a combination of order and pleasure which is exceptionally unusual elsewhere.

In Trans-Europe Express, Owen Hatherley sets out to explore the European city across the entire continent, to see what exactly makes it so different to the Anglo-Saxon norm - the unplanned, car-centred, developer-oriented spaces common to the US, Ireland, UK and Australia. Attempting to define the European city, Hatherley finds a continent divided both within the EU and outside it.

'The latest heir to Ruskin.' - Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'Hatherley is the most informed, opinionated and acerbic guide you could wish for.' - Hugh Pearman, Sunday Times

'Can one talk yet of vintage Hatherley? Yes, one can. Here are all the properties that have made him one of the most distinctive writers in England - not just 'architectural writers', but writers full stop: acuity, contrariness, observational rigour, frankness and beautifully wrought prose.' - Jonathan Meades

Owen Hatherley writes regularly on aesthetics and politics for the Architectural Review, The Calvert Journal, Dezeen, the Guardian, Jacobin and the London Review of Books. He is the author of several books, most recently Landscapes of Communism, The Ministry of Nostalgia and The Chaplin Machine.
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Title:Trans-europe Express: Tours Of A Lost ContinentFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:448 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 1 inShipping dimensions:7.7 × 5.1 × 1 inPublished:October 29, 2019Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141991577

ISBN - 13:9780141991573

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The best book I've read on Europe, blending history, architecture and contemporary politics and written in Owen Hatherley's trademark mixture of scepticism, erudition and humanity. He is a writer of lasting merit who will be read fifty years from now.—Anna MintonThe latest heir to Ruskin.—Boyd Tonkin, IndependentPraise for Landscapes of Communism: 'A revelatory voyage into fantastical domains...It is an epic work'—Rowan Moore, ObserverHatherley is the most informed, opinionated and acerbic guide you could wish for.—Hugh Pearman, Sunday TimesCan one talk yet of vintage Hatherley? Yes, one can. Here are all the properties that have made him one of the most distinctive writers in England - not just 'architectural writers', but writers full stop: acuity, contrariness, observational rigour, frankness and beautifully wrought prose.—Jonathan MeadesI loved it, and I'll go back to it again and again—Philip Pullman