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

The Isle of Dogs: Before the Big Money

Photographs by Mike Seaborne Introductory essay by Ken Worpole

Now home to Canary Wharf and global finance, the Isle of Dogs was once the beating heart of industrial London. These incisive photographs taken between 1982 and 1987, show the island just before the big money moved in and the area completely transformed. Ken’s essay questions whether the black and white documentary tradition represented the last stand of democratic realism?

Published by Hoxton Mini Press October 2018
Available to buy from: https://www.hoxtonminipress.com