Canalside Press

Canalside Press is based in Hackney, East London, in the offices of Lynch Architects. We primarily exist to publish the Journal of Civic Architecture (JoCA) twice a year, and also publish books relating to the broader cultural situation of architecture, poetry and the visual arts. 

Recent publications include On Intricacy: The Work of John Meunier Architect (2020), the first book in our Modern Architecture in Reflection series; and Slogans and Battlecries, short essays (he considers them poems) by Paul Shepheard (2020), the first in the Reflection in Action series. Newcastle Endless by Alex Niven was published in October 2021. 50/50 WORDS FOR REUSE by Graeme Brooker, and Change is the Reality: The Work of Robin Walker Architect, appeared in December 2021.

The Modern Architecture in Reflection, and Reflection in Action series, express our profound belief in the power of practical action in concert with thinking in a contemplative, reflective manner. Our aim with all of the books in the Modern Architecture in Reflection series is to create primary historical sources for potential further study. Reflection in Action is a different type of thing - arguably something missing in mainstream architectural production today - more akin to Corb’s Poem of the Right Angle and Michelangelo’s sonnets, the sound of the unconscious thinking.

Forthcoming publications include: Part of the City: The Work of Neave Brown Architect, edited by Patrick Lynch and David Porter (2022); Dialogue and Imagination: Conversations with Architects by Patrick Lynch (2022); Past and Future by Will Jennings (2022); On Continuity: John Spence in Hackney, edited by Patrick Lynch and Rachel Elliott (2023), etc. We are also planning books on the British Welfare State architecture of Kate Mackintosh, and the post-Vatican II churches of Marc Dessauvage in Belgium.

All of our publications are collaborations with the designer Emma Kalkhoven

Please send enquiries about possible submissions to:

The JoCA and some of our books are available to purchase from our website, Magma, magCulture, Rare Mags,  Margaret Howell, Charlotte Street News, The Architectural Association Bookshop in London; and at CCA in Montreal, William Stout in Los Angeles, Copyright Books in Ghent, and at Choisi Bookshop in Lugano, amongst others.

Canalside Press is edited and published by Patrick Lynch, an architect, writer and scholar. For more details see

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