Help the gentle author publish a new book

THE CREEPING PLAGUE OF GHASTLY FACADISM

by the gentle author

One of the most popular posts of recent years has been THE CREEPING PLAGUE OF GHASTLY FACADISM, my gallery of notorious London facades. Since then I gave a lecture at RIBA and contributed articles on the subject to Architectural Review and Design Exchange. Now I have written a book which I hope to publish with your kind assistance in October.

There are two ways you can help publish the book.

1. I am seeking readers who are willing to invest £1000 in THE CREEPING PLAGUE OF GHASTLY FACADISM. In return, we will publish your name in the book and invite you to a celebratory dinner hosted by yours truly. If you would like to know more, please write to me at spitalfieldslife@gmail.com

2. Preorder a copy of THE CREEPING PLAGUE OF GHASTLY FACADISM and you will receive a signed and inscribed copy in October when the book is published. Click here to preorder your copy

Below you can see the cover design by David Pearson and a gallery of my photographs. In coming days, I will be publishing further excerpts from the book.

Please suggest other facades I should include.

The Creeping Plague of Ghastly Facadism by The Gentle Author
The exterior cover of the book…
The Creeping Plague of Ghastly Facadism by The Gentle Author

…which opens to reveal the title.

“As if I were being poked repeatedly in the eye with a blunt stick, I cannot avoid becoming increasingly aware of a painfully cynical trend in London architecture which threatens to turn the city into the backlot of an abandoned movie studio.”

The Gentle Author presents a humorous analysis of facadism – the unfortunate practice of destroying everything apart from the front wall and constructing a new building behind it – revealing why this is happening and what it means.

As this bizarre architectural fad has spread across the capital, The Gentle Author has photographed the most notorious examples, collecting an astonishing gallery of images that inspire both laughter and horror in equal measure.

An affront in Spitalfields – the former Fruit & Wool Exchange
An affront in Spitalfields – the former Fruit & Wool Exchange
The former Cock A Hoop in Artillery Lane dating from 1805
The former Cock A Hoop in Artillery Lane dating from 1805
The former horse stables in Quaker St
The former horse stables in Quaker St
The White Hart in Bishopsgate dating from 1240
The White Hart in Bishopsgate dating from 1240
At St Bartholomew’s Hospital in Smithfield
At St Bartholomew’s Hospital in Smithfield
The Duke of Cambridge in Bethnal Green, dating from 1823
The Duke of Cambridge in Bethnal Green, dating from 1823
Former Unitarian Chapel in Waterloo dating from 1821
Former Unitarian Chapel in Waterloo dating from 1821
In Bartholomew Close, Smithfield
In Bartholomew Close, Smithfield
In Broadwick St, Soho
In Broadwick St, Soho
The former Pykes Cinematograph Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush dating from 1910
The former Pykes Cinematograph Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush dating from 1910
A prize-winning abomination on the Caledonian Rd
A prize-winning abomination on the Caledonian Rd
In Gracechurch St, City of London
In Gracechurch St, City of London
Facade at Toynbee Hall
Facade at Toynbee Hall
In Brooke St, Mayfair
In Brooke St, Mayfair
In Smithfield, where the new building and the old facade do not fit
In Smithfield, where the new building and the old facade do not fit
British Land’s forthcoming development in Norton Folgate – ‘A kind of authenticity’
British Land’s forthcoming development in Norton Folgate – ‘A kind of authenticity’

CLICK HERE TO ORDER A COPY OF THE CREEPING PLAGUE OF GHASTLY FACADISM

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