"Thus he writes of the Ladywood area of Birmingham - the area with the highest level of unemployment in the country, developed between 1952 and 1964 under the City Architect A. G. Sheppard Fidler, who resisted the turn towards high-speed prefabrication of housing and resigned from his job: Most of it consists of uninteresting towers, occasionally clad, occasionally replaced with equally uninteresting mock-Victorian hutches. But you get a sense of something different when walking along the main Ladywood Middleway: suddenly you're in a landscaped parkway, verdant by the surrounding standards. Inside, ten eight-storey towers, carefully detailed in brown brick and concrete, are interspersed with terraced bungalows. Around them is the undulating landscape of mature trees, taken over from the gardens of middle-class Victorian houses. It feels just, an assertion of the working-class population's collective right to light, air, birdsong and greenery in a city full of wasted land and unchallenged privilege ... Why wasn't it all like this? Why can't it be done again?"
Existens. Samhälle. Läsning. "Det som förgör Europa är fegheten, den moraliska fegheten, oförmågan att försvara sig, samt den uppenbara moraliska dypöl som kontinenten inte förmått ta sig ur alltsedan Auschwitz." Imre Kertész i Den sista tillflykten (översatt av Ervin Rosenberg)
torsdag 8 november 2012
OWEN HATHERLEY: A NEW KIND OF BLEAK
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