Monday, 09 December 2019 12:36

What went wrong with Covent Garden?

The Covent Garden we know today is the direct result of successful community activism. So how did it become so horrible?

––– Lessons from a failed
The Covent Garden we know today is the direct result of successful community activism. So why is it so horrible, wonders Owen Hatherley
Published in Comment

Gropius, Mies and Breuer headed to the US – but some Bauhaus alumnae went to the USSR. Only now is their work coming to light

Published in Features

Through a book, ceramic model and top trump cards, this ‘set’ explores the astonishing achievements and costs of Soviet efforts to rehouse an entire country within 30 years, says Owen Hatherley

Published in Review

The yearly architectural celebrity showcase is invariably over-engineered, superficial and aloof, says Owen Hatherley. And now the programme has expanded ...

Published in Comment
Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

The Ministry of Nostalgia

Owen Hatherley’s latest book examines the 1930s/40s/50s revivalism that has engulfed this country since the financial crisis and delivers a solid kicking to the austerity nostalgia of the left, says Will Wiles

Published in Review
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Havana: Autos and Architecture

The Cuban capital, as captured by photographer Nigel Young, is a curious slice of classic America spared capitalism’s built-in obsolescence, writes Owen Hatherley

Published in Review

Smith's images lovingly capture a Britain that was soon to disappear, if not the forces that would destroy it, says Owen Hatherley

Published in Review
Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:06

Citizen Manchester

A study of two grand civic buildings reveals depressing differences between the council that built them and the one that's just refurbished them, writes Owen Hatherley

Published in Review
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:09

Brunswick Centre redevelopment

Levitt Bernstein’s proposal to build a restaurant above the cinema in the grade II-listed Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury has met with vocal opposition from the residents of the complex, as well as leading architects such as Richard Rogers. Owen Hatherley explains why

Published in Comment

A guide to mausoleums shows that you can’t always judge a tomb by the statesman or dictator lying inside, says Owen Hatherley

Published in Review
Thursday, 15 May 2014 17:16

Colin Ward – Life, Times and Thought

Owen Hatherley is intrigued by the contradictions in the British architect and town planner Colin Ward's practical anarchism

Published in Review
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:52

Hoover Building

A factory designed to produce vacuum cleaners challenged the nation's preconceptions about industrial architecture and, in 1980, was the inspiration behind an Elvis Costello song

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

Ian Nairn: Words in Place

Charles Holland on why we should remember the brilliant, melancholy critic with unpredictable enthusiasms

Published in Review
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

Buildings of the Labour movement

A book about socialist buildings is proof that construction need not be exploitative, says Owen Hatherley

Published in Review
Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00


Britain’s postwar landscape is illuminated through the stories of the people who planned, built and lived in it, says Steve Parnell

Published in Review

The first English translation of a classic of modernist planning and a recent work on informal structures shed new light on a polarised subject, says Owen Hatherley

Published in Review
Friday, 02 August 2013 12:22

Capital Punishment: London on film

The London that rose up in the 1960s and 70s proved inherently cinematic, luring film-makers such as Kubrick and Truffaut to its new offices and housing estates. But their dystopian visions were to create an indelible link in the public imagination between modernism and failure

Published in Features
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:00

Luton Overlay

Two sets of photographs – one by an outsider, another by locals – highlights Luton's sense of loss and abandonment, says Owen Hatherley

Published in Review
Friday, 18 January 2013 09:56

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

The first European retrospective of Kahn’s work in 40 years makes Owen Hatherley wonder about the architect’s place in the pantheon.

Published in Review
Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

A New Kind of Bleak

Sukhdev Sandhu finds that Owen Hatherley’s Angry Young Man approach to the banality of modern Britain is as bracing as ever.

Published in Review
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