I am a researcher and writer based in Manchester, UK, and a teaching fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. I’m currently completing a book Anarchist Architecture to be published by Reaktion in 2022 and also an edited collection Manchester: Something Rich & Strange (Manchester University Press, 2021). I’m the author of Future Cities, Architecture & the Imagination (Reaktion, 2019); The Dead City: Urban Ruins & the Spectacle of Decay (IB Tauris, 2017); London’s Sewers (Shire, 2014); Iron, Ornament & Architecture in Victorian Britain (Ashgate, 2014); and Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (Spire, 2009); and co-editor of Global Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within (Reaktion, 2016); and Function & Fantasy: Iron Architecture in Long Nineteenth Century (Routledge, 2016);
My writing research interests broadly cover visual culture and the built environment from the 19th century onwards, with particular interests in Manchester, 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 writing projects, talks, photography or visual art, contact me at email@example.com