Trans-Europe Express: Tours of a Lost Continent by Owen Hatherley
What is it that makes European cities, many of which are the envy of the world (you only have to read those Monocle 'best of' lists), so different and desirable? Cycle-centred, interconnected by high-speed transportation, organised around imaginative public spaces - there seems to be a separate set of criteria that these metropolises are governed by.
Owen Hatherley, in this continent-wide exploration, sets out to discover and define what a European city actually is. This is seen to be in opposition to the unplanned, car-centred, developer-oriented spaces common to the US, Ireland, UK and Australia.