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 which make it special.
Preface by Catherine Slessor Introduction by Owen Hatherley
East BARKING AND DAGENHAM — Verity-Jane Keefe THE CITY OF LONDON — Helen Thomas HACKNEY — Aydin Dikerdem HAVERING — Tom Wilkinson NEWHAM — Joy White REDBRIDGE — Laura Grace Ford TOWER HAMLETS — Thomas Aquilina WALTHAM FOREST — Eli Davies
South-East BEXLEY — josie sparrow
BROMLEY — Hanif Kureishi CROYDON — Katrina Navickas GREENWICH — Rosamund Lily West LEWISHAM — Nicholas Taylor SOUTHWARK — Johny Pitts
KINGSTON ON THAMES — Joanne Murray
LAMBETH — Jason Okundaye
MERTON — John Boughton RICHMOND ON THAMES — Douglas Murphy SUTTON — Michael Badu WANDSWORTH — Ruth Lang
West BRENT — Ewan Harrison EALING — Gavin Leonard HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM — Michal Murawski HILLINGDON — Charles Holland HOUNSLOW — Gillian Darley KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA — Emma Dent Coad WESTMINSTER — Hazel Tsoi Wiles
Design and production
In reimagining our guidebook this year we set out to create a book that is as interesting to handle as it is to read. A thoughtful approach to typography and printing conceived by Studio Christopher Victor will bring together the longer essays with highlights from Open City’s extended network of community groups. Richly illustrated with images and artefacts from some of the city’s vast and eclectic museum collections and archives that have remained closed to the public throughout the pandemic, the guide will be offset-printed in London using premium book papers and metallic spot colours.
240mm x 170mm x 20mm 274 pages 33 Essays + plus much more Edited by Owen Hatherley Designed by Studio Christopher Victor Published by Open House
The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs was made possible thanks to sponsorship from the Baylight Fondation and Mount Anvil.
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