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.
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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 - D.W.Gillingham: Chronicler of the Roding Valley
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Most recent publication

The New English Landscape

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

Worpole¹s connection to the eastern fringes is personal and spiritual, one in which the landscape bears physical testament to the ongoing cycle from creation to ruin to resurrection. Orton¹s photographs are almost luminous, despite the brooding skies, and make sacred spaces out of bulldozers slowly creating land out of the sea at London Gateway port, or an overgrown, deserted greenhouse. Architecture Today

Cool, thoughtful, engaging, original...The photographs by renowned landscape photographer Jason Orton capture the essential character of this strange landscape... This is an important book, its lucid and elegant narrative and striking images underscored by intellectual strength. It describes with conviction what landscape is and why it matters. Landscapes (June 2014)