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Trans-Europe Express: Tours of a Lost Continent
Join Owen Hatherley in this keynote talk on Europe and the urban ideal.
Over the past twenty years European cities appear to have become the envy of the world: a Kraftwerk Utopia of historic centres, imaginative public spaces and futuristic egalitarian housing estates.interconnected by high-speed trains travelling through open borders. These areas have an unusual combination of both order and pleasure, rarely seen elsewhere.
In his new book Trans-Europe Express, Owen Hatherley explores the European city across the entire continent, examining what makes it so different to the Anglo-Saxon norm - the unplanned, car-centred, developer-oriented spaces common to the US, Ireland, UK and Australia.
In attempting to define the European city, Hatherley finds the European continent divided both within the EU and outside it.
Owen Hatherley writes regularly on aesthetics and politics for the Architectural Review, The Calvert Journal, Dezeen, the Guardian, and the London Review of Books. He is the author of several books, most recently Landscapes of Communism (Penguin, 2015), The Ministry of Nostalgia (Verso, 2016) and The Chaplin Machine (Pluto, 2016).
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