Essays

Homeless person finds shelter in disused warehouse.

From broken windows to bulldozers

The story of the Cleveland Housing Renewal Project illustrates the tensions at the heart of capitalism and property – between growth and conservation, creation and decay.

When Dickens made his masterpiece

Oliver Twist shows us the young genius in the very act of mastering his craft, turning himself, by sheer willpower, into one of the world’s greatest writers.

City street with elegant houses.

The empty metropolis

Ghost town London had its harbingers in literature and history. How will it emerge from its isolation?

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