Recent books

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New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society

by Ken Worpole

This book-length essay traces the journey from the religious and political energies in late 19th century social movements, from utopian ideals of town planning – most famously Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City – through both small and large-scale social experiments in the planning of model communities up to the present day.

The Swedenborg Society, October 2015. £6.95
First edition sold out - second edition back in print

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The New English Landscape

by Jason Orton & Ken Worpole

Published by Field Station | London
October 2013, reprinted October 2014

This important study of contemporary landscape aesthetics, with 22 colour photographs by Jason Orton, has been widely acclaimed in the architectural, design and landscape press.

It discusses landscape as heritage, as a rich pictorial tradition in art, as an ecology, and, perhaps most importantly, as a site of crucial contemporary debates about the value and meaning of place in a modern, post-industrial society.

88 pages, Fine Art Print Quality, designed by Matter. £15


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Contemporary Library Architecture: a planning and design guide

by Ken Worpole

Published by Routledge, May 2013

The past decade has seen a proliferation of big library projects in Europe and North America.

This comprehensive guide to the civic philosophy behind the new library movement contains over 150 colour photographs of new library buildings, with many plans and drawings, as well as detailed case studies of new libraries under construction, from start to finish.

216 pages, large format, 150 photographs & plans, paperback. £44.99


Letchworth Garden CityI’ve been forced to confront a deeper sense of spirituality in a beautiful new book published by the Swedenborg Society called New Jerusalem by the hugely influential architectural critic Ken Worpole.
David Boyle, Town & Country Planning
photo: Arts & Crafts housing at Letchworth Garden City

Benfleet, March 2013For well over 40 years Ken Worpole has been one of the most eloquent and forward-thinking writers in Britain. The New English Landscape, a collaboration with photographer Jason Orton, is a characteristically fine-grained and suggestive book, beautifully written and designed.
Icon Magazine

We regret to say that The New English Landscape is now out of print.


canada-libraryKen Worpole brings a welcome authoritative insight into the contemporary cityscape and the changing role of libraries. The book is essential reading…well presented and richly illustrated with photographs and plans. The author’s enthusiasm for his subject is clear – he loves libraries and wants his readers to love them too.
Society of Architectural Librarians

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