Ian Nairn erupted onto the architectural scene in 1955 with the publication of the Architectural Review issue â€˜Outrageâ€™. A mathematician by training, and a former RAF pilot with no formal architectural education, Nairnâ€™s visceral and savage attack on the blandness of post-war British design struck an immediate chord with a surprisingly diverse array of traditionalists and modernists, and gave rise to a new concept: that of â€˜Subtopiaâ€™. Gillian Darley and David McKieâ€™s study of Nairn - Ian Nairn: Words in Place â€“ published by Five Leaves, reintroduces to a new generation an architectural critic whose work has influenced writers and critics such as J.G. Ballard, Will Self, Iain Sinclair and Jonathan Meades, who once described Nairn as â€˜a great poet of the metropolisâ€™. Gillian Darley and David McKie discussed Ian Nairnâ€™s life and work. Owen Hatherley, author of A New Kind of Bleak and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain chaired this discussion.