39 Articles by: Owen Hatherley

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Owen Hatherley is Jacobin’s culture editor and the author of several books, including Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London.

Cautionary Tales

The English science-fiction writer J. G. Ballard claimed to believe in nothing. Yet his prophetic dystopias reveal a deep awareness of the brutality of class rule and imperialism.


Futurist Forgeries

No art movement has ever been so comprehensively faked as the revolutionary “Russian avant-garde” of the 1910s and 1920s.


The Foreman

Mark E. Smith of the Fall was one of the late 20th century’s great working-class musicians, but his music suffered from his overwhelming resentment of his middle-class audience.


War and Instagram in Ukraine

For the last few years, enthusiasts have documented Ukraine’s Soviet buildings online. Since February, they’ve been bombed and shelled. What happens next?


Spaghetti Junctions

How did New York become the only metropolis in the world to insist that its transit map reflect the layout of the city above?


Planned Paranoia

There’s a reason why urban housing developments and suburban subdivisions can seem threatening and unwelcoming to outsiders: they’re planned that way, in order to “design out crime.”


Anthem of the Commoners

Pulp’s 1995 hit “Common People” isn’t just a Britpop classic — it’s a more honest and brutal analysis of class than you’ll hear in the media today.