Memories of Cities is a collection of essays that explore different ways of writing about the political and economic history of the built environment. Drawing upon fiction and non-fiction, and illustrated by original photographs, the essays employ a variety of narrative forms including memoirs, letters, and diary entries. They take the reader on a journey to cities such as Glasgow, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Marseille, laying bare the contradictions of capitalist architectural and urban development, whilst simultaneously revealing alternative visions of how buildings and cities might be produced and organised.
’By turns magisterial and single-minded, political and personal, analytic and argumentative, and sobering and inspiring, Charley's wonderfully engaging essays offer a unique and indispensable insight into modern cities and architecture. Memories of Cities is a must read.’ Iain Borden, UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, UK 'Memories of Cities has delicately indulged in memoirs, letters and diary entries to further enhance and reflect the diverse output of cities… The very first page provides an intense array of information both about the author and his narrations. The themes expressed are recursive and tastefully mannered through each subject matter. Utopia, Revolution, Capitalism and Empire from the foundation of what can again, only be described as eclectic and mature words from Charley.' Building Design Book Club 'Memories of Cities employs Charley’s vast sweep of cultural and theoretical reference, handled with his usual confidence and clarity… Memories of Cities ought to be read well beyond architectural academia, and is written with sufficient clarity and force to grip anyone who has an interest in the world around them.' SEDA Magazine 'This book is for those who want to sample an alternative view on architecture, at once gripping, mesmerising, liberating, often beguiling and thoroughly unique'. RIAS Quarterly 'Here is a lively volume by a widely read and wonderfully inquisitive scholar … Charley’s seminars must often be tremendous. I bet he engages his students, just as he has engaged this reviewer, and that they learn well from him.' Geographical Review