March 2011. A response to Orwell’s 1946 text “Books v. Cigarettes” in short essay form.

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From the influence of Aalto on the architecture of the British Library to how funding cuts will affect the building’s role as a national record of knowledge, this short text describes the problematic design period of the BL and grapples with the impacts of the recession on the UK’s public spaces. It was printed as a folded A3 sheet on cream stock in a run of 50 copies.