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Open City Book Launch: Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs
FRI 26 NOV 2021
Past event

Join acclaimed local authors Owen Hatherley, Ruth Lang, Magnus Wills and John Pitts for the book launch of The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs. For this special launch event the writers will share a few thoughts on their respective chapters covering Wandsworth, Lewisham and Southwark. 

Guest-edited by Owen Hatherley, thirty-three writers; architects, activists, and Londoners present thirty-three essays, exploring famous and unheralded buildings, streets, estates and neighbourhoods across the thirty-three London boroughs.  

With contributions from columnist Aditya Chakrabortty to the historian Gillian Darley, via playwright Hanif Kureishi and the politician Emma Dent Coad, the Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs is a journey into the neighbourhoods, housing estates and public buildings of London’s rich urban landscape.  

Encompassing everything from Brutalist Polish community centres to suburban garden cities, from pioneering modernist estates to ornate Victorian greenhouses, as seen through everything from grime videos to the films of Patrick Keiller, this book will be a refreshing journey into the city you have been missing, and a celebration of the buildings, places and landscapes that make it special.