PD Smith

Cities: reviews & articles


Winchester in the spotlight: the city where Jane Austen died 200 years ago
Guardian, 17 July 2017

Outskirts, by John Grindrod - review
Guardian, 17 June 2017

The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting, by Alexander Vasudevan - review
Guardian, 18 March 2017

Future Cities: PD Smith & Darran Anderson in Conversation
Strange Horizons, 27 June 2016

Rush Hour: How 500 million commuters survive the daily journey to work, by Iain Gately - review
TLS, 24 July 2015

Imagining New York City: Literature, Urbanism and the Visual Arts, 1890-1940 by Christoph Lindner - review
Guardian, 19 June 2015

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery – review
Guardian, 20 March 2015

Shakespeare in London by Hannah Crawforth, Sarah Dustagheer & Jennifer Young - review
Guardian, 6 March 2015

The Flâneur by Edmund White - review
Guardian, 20 February 2015

Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth, by Lee Jackson – review
Guardian, 3 January 2015

Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs, by Nick Barratt – review
Guardian, 1 November 2014

The Measure of Manhattan, by Marguerite Holloway - review
Guardian, 3 May 2014

The New York Nobody Knows, by William B Helmreich – review
Guardian, 30 November 2013

The Round Tower
Blog post, 21 August 2013

Berlin and Munich Revisited
Blog post, 12 July 2013

Bright Lights, Big City
Blog post, 30 August 2012

London's Necropolis station
Blog post, 18 July 2012

The Gateway to the City of Dreams
Blog post, 9 July 2012

"Built for Pleasure"
Arc 1.2: Post human conditions, May 2012

The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town, by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
Guardian, 19 May 2012

The Urban Age: An Interview with P.D. Smith
3:AM Magazine, posted 15 May 2012

Losing myself in Tokyo
Blog post, 11 April 2012

"Fast-growing fossil fuel construct", Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic, eds, Living in the Endless City & Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson, eds, The New Blackwell Companion to the City
Times Literary Supplement, 10 February 2012

Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong, by Gordon Mathews
Times Literary Supplement, 18 November 2011

The Trouble with City Planning: What New Orleans Can Teach Us, by Kristina Ford
Guardian, 12 November 2011. Also a longer piece here.

The Making of London: London in Contemporary Literature, by Sebastian Groes
Guardian, 29 November 2011

Sentient City, ed by Mark Shephard
Icon, September 2011

"Enchanted Ground", Vauxhall Gardens: A History, by David Coke and Alan Borg
Guardian, 22 July 2011

A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, by O Hatherley
Guardian, 15 July 2011

Hong Kong
Blog post, 17 June 2011

Naked City: The Death & Life of Authentic Urban Places, by Sharon Zukin
Guardian, 21 May 2011

The Invention of Paris, by Eric Hazan
Guardian, 21 May 2011

Guy Debord: Revolution in the Service of Poetry, by Vincent Kaufmann
Times Literary Supplement, 29 April 2011

Hermit in Paris, by Italo Calvino
Guardian, 26 March 2011

"Survival of the Swiftest", Aerotropolis, by J. Kasarda & G. Lindsay; The New North, by L. Smith
Guardian, 19 March 2011

"Big Smokes", Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, ed by Ray Hutchison
Times Literary Supplement, 4 February 2011

Damascus: Taste of a City, by R Schami & M Fadel
Guardian, 14 August 2010

"Boulevards of Dreams": Restless Cities, by Matthew Beaumont & Gregory Dart
Guardian, 26 June 2010

Dubai: Gilded Cage, by Syed Ali
Guardian, 10 April 2010

Rebooting Britain: Tax people back into the cities, by PD Smith
Wired UK, 30 November 2009

The BLDGBLOG Book, by Geoff Manaugh
Guardian, 4 July 2009

Delirious New Orleans, by Stephen Verderber
Times Literary Supplement, 26 June 2009

European Cities and Towns: 400-2000, by Peter Clark
Guardian, 14 March 2009

“W, X and O: The Wonder of Woolworth”: The Skyscraper & the City, by G Fenske; Invented Edens, by R Kargon & A Molella; Another City, by Dell Upton
Times Literary Supplement, 28 January 2009

Space, Time and Architecture, by Sigfried Giedion
Guardian, 17 January 2009

Utopia on the Sidewalk
Blog post, 16 June 2008

The Spaces of the Modern City, ed by G Prakash & K Kruse; Consumed, by B Barber
Guardian, May 10, 2008