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Albertopolis Companion is a collection of writings about a specific place. The term Albertopolis was coined as a facetious nickname for London’s new quarter of art, design and innovation — a perhaps megalomaniacal, certainly ambitious, imperialistic, optimistic urban plan. That was the 1850s; Albertopolis remains a network of venerable museums and institutions laid out across South Kensington under the watchful gaze of its instigator, Prince Albert. In this book, fifteen new writers offer original perspectives on the area’s geography, architecture, history and cultural life. The results are wide ranging: from an aerial overview and urban critiques, to unexpected encounters with Mormon elders, sparring scientists, tearoom spies and cursed stones. Albertopolis Companion is a project of Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art, with a foreword by Owen Hatherley.
Designed by Guillaume Chuard and Daniel Kang Yoon Nørregaard
175 pages, 100 illustrations