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The author delivers an excellent, detailed, sometimes vituperative and highly readable critique of the "Urban Renaissance" architecture that came after the postmodern "vernacular" mish-mash of the 1990s.  This is characterised by lofty and noble aims that are not often carried through – and not just because of the credit crunch.  Our cities are full of mixed-use behemoths and home-grown attempts to ape great architecture, leading to a PFI hospital-style mess.  Hatherley celebrates the great modernist and brutalist successes like Park Hill in Sheffield and notes what is happening now in an approachable, human and often funny way.