25 May 2019 — Verso Books
Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing John Boughton
“An elegant and compendious ongoing exploration of Britain’s social history through its council estate… There couldn’t be a better time for this book.” – Lynsey Hanley, Guardian
“Reveals a parallel universe, seemingly familiar but deeply strange.” – Owen Hatherley
“A fine survey of an astonishing achievement.” – Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times
“This serious, heartfelt book makes a convincing case that publicly provided homes have to be at least part of the response to the dysfunctional state that British housing has now attained.” – Rowan Moore, Observer
From the first ever council estate in Shoreditch, to Ernő Goldfinger’s privatised masterpiece, these buildings represent one of the most important struggles of our times – the drive for decent housing for all.
Grenfell has exposed neoliberalism’s reality: ruthless economising that saves pennies not lives.
In every major city in the world there is a housing crisis. How did this happen and what can we do about it? See all our reading on the financialisation of housing: all 40% off until May 27.
In 1968, the French Marxist philosopher Henri Lefebvre wrote “Le Droit a la Ville” (“The Right to the City”), which has become one of the most essential texts in radical geography and urban studies. It transformed the way we think about urban life and the right to make and remake our cities, and ourselves. Fifty years on, the question of who is the city is for, and why, is more urgent than ever.
In this special Verso report, some of the most important voices in the current debate on the right to city are gathered to debate what Lefebvre originally intended and what it might mean today within the neoliberal urban world. How these ideas help us to understand the contemporary struggle in housing; how to protest gentrification; the privatisation of public spaces; and the demand for places of self expression, and the security of home. The collection also explores how these ideas can be used in other fields—such as digital space and the Internet of Things.
Contributors include David Adler, Neil Brenner, Bradley Garrett, Andrea Gibbons, Huw Lemmey, David Madden & Peter Marcuse, Andy Merrifield, Anna Minton, Don Mitchell, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, Dubravka Sekulić, Joe Shaw & Mark Graham, and Alex Vasudevan.
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