A new RIBA book about Birmingham, Shaping The City, which is pre-ordering on Amazon now for publication at the end of March 08…

“an authoritative and objective assessment of the redevelopment and regeneration of Birmingham. It tells the story of how Joseph Chamberlain’s grand Victorian city was almost obliterated due to an infatuation with the car and how a belated but vital reassessment took place […] explores the depth and complexity of the public-private partnerships involved in the delivery structures and their achievements […] articulates and stresses the importance of urban design for successful regeneration in this ever-changing city.”

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Craig Holmes has photos from the launch event.

Also, just republished by Dodo Press, A Description of Modern Birmingham, written in 1820. And the first of a series of pocket guides Birmingham Sculpture Trails from Liverpool University Press.