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

Rowan Moore's Slow Burn City: London in the Twenty-First Century is an architectural study in the noble tradition of Ian Nairn: a vivid, knowledgable, argumentative tour of a city changing perhaps faster than at any time in its history
David Kynaston, Observer
Each chapter of Rowan Moore's book is a striking architectural set piece . . . Moore writes persuasively on public spaces and the increasing, troubling tendency to keep the public out of them . . . [he] is at his best examininig why certain public spaces have worked, why we flock to them and find them congenial and welcoming . . . [his] portraits of individual buildings have great verve
Times Literary Supplement
Moore has a lot to offer those who like verbal flexibility and thought-provoking aphorisms. There is also a sense of mischief . . . if famous architects were a coconut shy, Moore would go home with the giant teddy
Sunday Telegraph