Ken Worpole

Ken Worpole

Ken Worpole is a writer and social historian, whose work includes many books on architecture, landscape and public policy. He is married to photographer Larraine Worpole with whom he has collaborated on book projects internationally, as well as in Hackney, London, where they have lived and worked since 1969.

His principal interests concern the planning and design of new settlements, landscapes and public institutions - streets, parks, playgrounds, libraries, informal education - based on the pioneering achievements of 20th century social democracy, as well as the modern environmental movement. In recent years his work has focused on contemporary landscape aesthetics and working with architects and garden designers on the creation of new forms of residential settlements for an ageing population.

Ken is Emeritus Professor, Cities Institute London Metropolitan University, and has served on the UK government’s Urban Green Spaces Task Force, on the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and as an adviser to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

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For many years, Ken Worpole has been one of the shrewdest and sharpest observers of the English social landscape.
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For well over 40 years Ken Worpole has been one of the most eloquent and forward thinking writers in Britain.
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Just Published

Radical Essex

Edited by Hayley Dixon & Joe Hill

With 244 pages, weighing in at just over half a kilo, packed with essays on Essex county’s 20th century architecture, landscape, religious and political communities, model industrial villages, naturism, campus upheavals - lavishly illustrated with photographs by Catherine Hyland, along with maps, architectural drawings and much else - Radical Essex is now published, including long essays by Tim Burrows, Gillian Darley, Charles Holland, Rachel Lichtenstein, Jules Lubbock, Jess Twyman and Ken Worpole.

Published by Focal Point Gallery, July 2018, £20
Available to buy from: www.cornerhousepublications.org