Slow Burn City

London in the Twenty-First Century

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Publication date: 10.03.2016
ISBN: 9781447270195
Number of pages: 0


With a new introduction for the paperback.

London is a supreme achievement of civilization. It offers fulfilments of body and soul, encourages discovery and invention. It is a place of freedom, multiplicity and co-existence. It is a Liberal city, which means it stands for values now in peril.

London has also become its own worst enemy, testing to destruction the idea that the free market alone can build a city, a fantastical wealth machine that denies too many of its citizens a decent home or living.

In this thought-provoking, fearless, funny and subversive book, Rowan Moore shows how London’s strength depends on the creative and mutual interplay of three forces: people, business and state. To find responses to the challenges of the twenty-first century, London must rediscover its genius for popular action and bold public intervention.

The global city above all others, London is the best place to understand the way the world’s cities are changing. It could also be, in the shape of a living, churning city of more than eight million people, the most powerful counter-argument to the extremist politics of the present.

In the media

Moore can't be bettered . . . brilliant
Country Life
Moore decrypts the ideological narratives of buildings with the same fluency he brings to bear on materials, forms and spaces: today's architectural criticism rarely seems so humane or intelligent
Daily Telegraph
Offers a tour of our streets that will make you look at London in a new light . . . Moore's book is impressive for what he is saying, and the way he says it . . . He gives the reader a new understanding of our metropolis
Camden New Journal

Upcoming events

Rowan Moore at Jewish Book Week

Rowan Moore at Jewish Book Week

  • Jewish Book Week
    Jewish Book Week
  • 28 February 2017 00:00
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Architecture critic, and author of Slow Burn City, Rowan Moore will talk at

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Rowan Moore at LSE

Rowan Moore at LSE

  • London School of Economics
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    Old Theatre Old Building Houghton St , London WC2A 2AE UNITED KINGDOM
  • 20 March 2017 17:00
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Architecture critic, and author of Slow Burn City, Rowan Moore will speak at LSE this March.

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