Between the slum clearances of the early twentieth century and debates about the post-Olympic city, the drive to 'regenerate' London has intensified. Yet today, with a focus on increasing land values, regeneration schemes purporting to foster diverse and creative new neighbourhoods typically displace precisely the qualities, activities and communities they claim to support. In Remaking London Ben Campkin provides a lucid and stimulating historical account of urban regeneration, exploring how decline and renewal have been imagined and realised at different scales. Focussing on present-day regeneration areas that have been key to the capital's modern identity, Campkin explores how these places have been stigmatised through identification with material degradation, and spatial and social disorder. Drawing on diverse sources - including journalism, photography, cinema, theatre, architectural design, advertising and television - he illuminates how ideas of decline drive urban change.
China Miéville presents a lyrical, powerful polemic about London today, from Occupy and the August 2011 riots through to the Jubilee and the Olympics.
A People’s History of London, by Lindsey German and John Rees is a look at London from Roman times t0 today. It is not the story of kings and princes, or of the rich and powerful, but of the people of the city who have time and again campaigned and fought to make the city a better place. Its story is of defeating the fascists at Cable St in 1936, of the Peasants’ Revolt which was played out in London, of the young immigrant women matchgirls who struck in 1888, and of the squatters and campaigners today.
The authors have lived in Hackney for many years. They are both active socialists and campaigners in the Stop the War Coalition.