Canalside Press

The 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), and also publish books relating to the broader cultural situation of architecture, poetry and the visual arts. 

Recent publications include a monograph of the photographic work of David Grandorge, Still Beautiful (2018), which seeks to reveal the spatial and environmental effects of global economic and political conflict on the natural and man-made world; and 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.

Modern Architecture in Reflection and Reflection in Action express our profound belief in the power of thinking things over in a contemplative manner, something worth preserving amidst the mad maelstrom of modern communication methods we believe. 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 Change is the Reality: The Work of Architect Robin Walker, edited by Patrick Lynch and Simon Walker (2021); Previous, Next by Tom de Paor (2021); Dialogue and Imagination: Conversations with Architects by Patrick Lynch (2021); and Past and Future by Will Jennings (2021); On Continuity: John Spence in Hackney, edited by Patrick Lynch and Rachel Elliott (2022); and Part of the City: The Work of Neave Brown Architect, edited by Patrick Lynch and David Porter (2022), etc. Books in initial stages of development include publications with photographers Mark Durden and Joao Leal, and Peter Finnemore.

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.

Due to the current confining situation, orders are being grouped and may take a little longer to be shipped than normal. Thank you for your patience and support.

Canalside Press is edited and published by Patrick Lynch, an architect, writer and scholar.


Photographs by David Grandorge
Svalbard Coal Mountain (2007)
Maardu I (2016)

Al Mazraa, Dead Sea (2017)

The Meunier House (2019)