Owen Hatherley shows in Red Metropolis how big cities need to address the absence of the progressive state.
The book is one of several strategic books in the wake of Corbyn's policies and defeat in 2019. Hatherley begins the book on the depressing election night. He spent much of the 1990s and 00s wondering where the future lay. Hatherley was part of an environment that had long missed the futurism of modernism – or what his comrade Mark Fisher had called "popular modernism", an inclusive and expanding modernism which had all sorts of cultural and political repercussions in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Hatherley, for example, debuted with Militant Modernism (2009), a book dedicated to the hometown of Southampton's planning and architectural office. It was then, as it had been a long time since the city authorities had produced forward-looking modernist and socialist architecture.
On election night, however, Hatherley realizes what the future holds.
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