Owen Hatherley

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from the BBC programme Four Thought, 17 August 2011[1]

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Owen Hatherley (born 24 July 1981 in Southampton, UK) is a British writer and journalist based in London who writes primarily on architecture, politics and culture.

His first book Militant Modernism was published by Zero Books in 2009. The Guardian described the book as an "intelligent and passionately argued attempt to 'excavate utopia' from the ruins of modernism" and an "exhilarating manifesto for a reborn socialist modernism".[2] Icon described the book as "sparky, polemical and ferociously learned" although it "falters a little towards the end",[3] whilst Jonathan Meades in New Statesman described the book as a "deflected Bildungsroman of a very clever, velvet-gloved provocateur nostalgic for yesterday’s tomorrow, for a world made before he was born, a distant, preposterously optimistic world which, even though it still exists in scattered fragments, has had its meaning erased, its possibilities defiled" and Hatherley "as a commentator on architecture...in a school of one".[4] The journal Planning Perspectives suggested that the book "nicely explores the irony of the potential status of the remains of future-oriented architecture and urban design as ‘modern heritage'"[5]

His book A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain was published by Verso in 2010.[6] Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings, a history of communism in Europe told through the built environments of former socialist states, was published by Allen Lane in June 2015.[7]

Hatherley has written for Dezeen], Building Design, The Guardian, Icon, the London Review of Books, New Humanist, the New Statesman, Socialist Review and Socialist Worker. He has maintained three blogs, Sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy, The Measures Taken and Kino Fist.



  1. ^ "Owen Hatherley". Four Thought. 17 November 2011. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  2. ^ PD Smith, Militant Modernism, The Guardian, 9 May 2009
  3. ^ William Wiles, Review: Militant Modernism, Icon
  4. ^ Jonathan Meades, 'Yesterday's tomorrows', New Statesman, 30 April 2009
  5. ^ Dan Hicks, Militant Modernism, Planning Perspectives, 25(2) (April 2010)
  6. ^ Wright, Patrick (2010-10-24). "A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain: Owen Hatherley". Architecture Today. Architecture Today. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick, Sheila (30 July 2015). "Almost Lovable". London Review of Books. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 

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