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Book Review: The New Philistines by Sohrab Ahmari

by Joel Mills | 1st August 2017

 

The new philistinesAhmari packs his polemic with a pistol in his pocket, gunning for what he perceives as the art world’s ‘obsession with identity politics’ which he argues has come to dominate and disfigure our culture. Increasingly doctrinaire and instrumental, art has become subjugated to ideology, and as such, fails to connect and move. Beauty and mystery are out. Ugliness is in.

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Pledges for a new narrative

newnarratives

We are a group of architects, designers, planners, artists & creatives brought together in the aftermath of the EU referendum.

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.newnarratives.org.uk

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The middle-class home

1830_Geffrye Museum.A drawing room in 1830.Photo by Chris Ridley.jpg.jpgCompared to the many stories recorded about the British aristocracy or the Dickensian working class in London, there is still very little known about the capital’s middle classes and their domestic lives. Read more…

Book Review: The Road to Somewhere by David Goodhart

By Justine Bryan | 03 June 2017

The Road to Somewhere‘The Road to Somewhere’ is a sometimes brilliant, but ultimately frustrating and flawed, attempt to understand contemporary Western politics, Read more…

Book Review: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

by Martin Earnshaw | 02 April 2017

The Righteous MindAfter the election of Donald Trump last year protesters chanted that he was “not my president”. Hyperbolic rhetoric is the prerogative of the protester but for years now it has seemed that the USA is not one but two countries.

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Design Museum Design

design-museum-05by Sam Giles | 27 November 2016

Author to over 50 books, founder of Habitat, leader of the Shad Thames redevelopment, influential restauranteur and prolific designer, there is much to laud in Sir Terence Conran’s contributions to London’s dominant cultural scene. Read more…

A Chinese Utopia?

shenzhen4Review  by Pierre Shaw  [ Oct 2016]

Shenzhen is the city of miraculous conception, born from nothing and yet emerging now as one of the planet’s most ferociously rapid urban developing city. From humble border town beginnings just 35 years ago, Shenzhen has thrown itself onto the world stage projecting its population from 300,000 to 12 – 15 million Read more…

Mad, bad and dangerous

screamThe media reports that more than a quarter of architecture students in the UK have reported mental health issues.

This reply points the finger at where the real lunacy lies. Read more…