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  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141991573
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $27.99

Trans-Europe Express

Tours of a Lost Continent




A searching, timely account of the condition of contemporary Europe, told through the landscapes of its cities

Over the past twenty years European cities have become the envy of the world: a Kraftwerk Utopia of historic centres, supermodernist concert halls, imaginative public spaces and futuristic egalitarian housing estates which, interconnected by high-speed trains traversing open borders, have a combination of order and pleasure which is exceptionally unusual elsewhere.

In Trans-Europe Express, Owen Hatherley sets out to explore the European city across the entire continent, to see what exactly makes it so different to the Anglo-Saxon norm - the unplanned, car-centred, developer-oriented spaces common to the US, Ireland, UK and Australia. Attempting to define the European city, Hatherley finds a continent divided both within the EU and outside it.

  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141991573
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $27.99

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Praise for Trans-Europe Express

The latest heir to Ruskin.

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

The best book I've read on Europe, blending history, architecture and contemporary politics and written in Owen Hatherley's trademark mixture of scepticism, erudition and humanity. He is a writer of lasting merit who will be read fifty years from now.

Anna Minton

A scathing, lively and timely look at the "European city", from one of our most provocative voices on culture and architecture today

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