I am a researcher and writer based in Manchester, UK, and a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. I’ve written and edited six books: The Dead City: Urban Ruins and the Spectacle of Decay (IB Tauris, forthcoming in 2017); Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within (Reaktion, forthcoming in Spring 2016); Function & Fantasy: Iron Architecture in Long Nineteenth Century (Ashgate, forthcoming in Spring 2016); London’s Sewers (Shire, 2014); Iron, Ornament and Architecture in Victorian Britain (Ashgate, 2014); and Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (Spire, 2009).
My writing research interests broadly cover visual culture and the built environment from the 19th century onwards, with particular interests in urban futures, underground spaces and ruins, print culture, and industrial architecture. I’ve published many articles on such diverse topics as ornament and iron, the ruins of Chernobyl, neo-Victorian horror cinema, gardening catalogues, census forms, London guidebooks, sewage pumping stations and information for cab passengers. I am also a visual artist and photographer.
To discuss book projects, talks, photography or visual art, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org