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Trans-Europe Express: Tours of a Lost Continent at the Design Museum

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Time 18:30
Date 04/09/18
Price £10

Join architecture historian Owen Hatherley in a talk exploring the condition of contemporary Europe, told through the landscapes of its cities.

Over the past twenty years European cities appear to have become the envy of the world: a Kraftwerk Utopia of historic centres, imaginative public spaces and futuristic egalitarian housing estates.interconnected by high-speed trains travelling through open borders. These areas have an unusual combination of both order and pleasure, rarely seen elsewhere.

In his new book Trans-Europe Express, Owen Hatherley explores the European city across the entire continent, examining what makes it so different to the Anglo-Saxon norm - the unplanned, car-centred, developer-oriented spaces common to the US, Ireland, UK and Australia.

In attempting to define the European city, Hatherley finds the European continent divided both within the EU and outside it.