Talk at unlimited liability (Hamburg) on September 5, 2010.
unlimited liability hosted the first Hamburg appearance of the young London-based film and architecture critic Owen Hatherley. His talk brought together his thoughts and impression after two days visting the grounds of the Elbphilharmonie and HafenCity. Hatherley is the author of the 2009 book Militant Modernism, which the Guardian described as an "exhilarating manifesto for a reborn socialist modernism," and his blog devoted to architecture is one of the few locations one has been able to gather truly critical perspectives on the monuments of contemporary capitalism.
The professional ranks of German architects and critics have been very timid when it comes to statements about the ongoing fiasco that will cost the city of Hamburg at least €500 million, and our British guest made up somewhat for this sad deficit, giving us a new perspective on the project from a social, historical, and ubanistic/architectural perspective.
Hatherley interview in the Berliner Tageszeitung (Hamburg Edition):