John Gold

John Gold

John R. Gold, Professor of Urban Historical Geography at Oxford Brookes University, is the author or editor, sole or shared credit, of nineteen books on architectural and cultural subjects.  Over the last ten years, he has produced a series of books on the Olympic Games—including the second edition of his book Olympic Cities: urban planning, city agendas and the World’s Games, a four-volume set called a four-volume edited collection on The Making of Olympic Cities and a new version of the London County Council’s landmark report ‘The Planning of a New Town’, to which he contributed a new contextual introduction.  At the end of 2015, Routledge will republish his classic text Geography, the Media and Popular Culture’.  A number of new texts will appear in the near future.  These include a book on Festival Cities, the third edition of Olympic Cities (both 2016) and The Legacy of Modernism, the last part of his acclaimed oral historically-based trilogy on architectural modernism (for publication in 2017).

Biography brief
John Gold is Professor of Urban Historical Geography at Oxford Brookes University.  The author or editor of nineteen books on architectural and cultural subjects, he has published widely on the urban aspects of the Olympic Games and other forms of sporting and cultural festivals.  He is also now working on his book 'The Legacy of Modernism', the last in his acclaimed trilogy on the relationship between architectural modernism and the city.

Built Environment

PhD, Birmingham University, 1987

Area of research
I am an architectural historian specifically interested in city-wide issues.  I have specialist interests in the rise and fall of architectural modernism, Olympic and festival cities, and in notions of the future.

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