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.
Trans-Europe Express : Tours of a Lost Continent - Owen Hatherley
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