Owen Hatherley writes on architecture and much else for Architectural Review, the Guardian and the London Review of Books, among others. He is the author of ten books, most recently Trans-Europe Express (Allen Lane) and The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space (Repeater). He rents from a private landlord in an ex-council flat in south-east London.
One of the more controversial displays at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture was V&A Museum's decision to display a salvaged piece of the facade of the Robin Hood Gardens estate, rescued from demolition that started earlier in the year. UK-based architecture writer Owen Hatherley recounts the history of the building and the battle for its preservation. Is there a better way to engage with the historical legacy of public housing?