City Thinkers of the Past and Now (1)

City Thinkers of the Past and Now (1)

Festival of the Future City


Please note: This event took place in Nov 2015

Stuart Jeffries and Owen Hatherley: The Left and the Future of Cities

The future of cities and places was a prime subject for debate amongst the Left in the 1920s and 1930s, and there is much to learn from the thoughts and experience of city thinkers and builders of the time. Stuart Jeffries, author of a forthcoming book on the Frankfurt School, talks about Walter Benjamin, and Owen Hatherley, architectural writer and author of Landscapes of Communism: A History through Buildings, talks about the Viennese and Russian experience.

Speaker biographies:

Stuart Jeffries has worked for the Guardian since the 1990s. He has been a subeditor, TV critic, Friday Review editor, Paris correspondent and is now a feature writer and columnist for the paper.

Owen Hatherley is the author of Militant Modernism, a defence of the modernist movement, and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain. He writes regularly on the political aesthetics of architecture, urbanism and popular culture for a variety of publications, including Building Design, Frieze, the Guardian and the New Statesman.

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