Ken Worpole

Ken Worpole is the author of many books on architecture, landscape, urbanism and social policy. Ken Worpole

His principal interests concern the planning and design of new landscapes and public institutions, whether parks, playgrounds, libraries, cemeteries, townscape or urban green networks.

All express a commitment to the democracy and pleasures of life in the open air and public realm.

For many years, Ken Worpole has been one of the shrewdest and sharpest observers of the English social landscape.
The Independent

For well over 40 years Ken Worpole has been one of the most eloquent and forward thinking writers in Britain. Icon: International Design, Architecture & Culture

He is Emeritus Professor in the Cities Institute, London Metropolitan University.

Ken has served on the UK government’s Urban Green Spaces Task Force, on the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and was an adviser to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

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Read Ken's latest blog Avoid A Void: Homage to Georges Perec's Species of Spaces
Follow Ken's blog at The New English Landscape



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Just published

The New English Landscape

Recently published and already reprinted.

Having sold out the first edition in five months, Field Station | London have just reprinted photographer Jason Orton & Ken Worpole's book about how to look at modern landscapes.

18,000 word essay
22 colour photographs / Full bibliography / 88 pages, Fine art print quality / Designed by Matter
£15

Jason Orton¹s photographs provide an almost forensic insight into a shifting landscape, while Ken Worpole¹s texts take you into the strange histories of these emotionally remote places.
Wallpaper Top Ten New Books 2013

"The sense of everyday otherworldliness that Worpole¹s prose and Orton's photographs convey pulls in the uninitiated, those less than familiar with the landscape of the Essex coastline. I would thoroughly recommend this book; a reminder that the margins of Essex are as much a land of dreams as the loftiest mountains and the purest of streams."
Caught By The River

"Anyone interested in these landscapes - so near and yet so other - should read this essay and allow themselves to be drawn in by the photographs, which complement the text and have a wonderfully mesmeric quality."
Josh Loeb