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In defence of a Defence of Stars and Icons

zaha2Austin Williams | 20 April 2015

It is a sad indictment of current architectural debate (as well as critical political debate more generally) that Patrik Schumacher’s latest article is creating such a fuss. Read on…

3-d Printed houses?

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In February 2015, The Washington Post announced that “a team of Chinese construction workers used a 3D printer to construct houses. By day’s end, there were 10 (houses) standing.” Meanwhile, UK newspaper The Guardian reported “A Chinese construction company is building houses that can be mass-produced using a 3D printer.”

Read on…

The Evolution of a Modern Man

CRMMatt Bloomfield | 17 March 2015

Review of Mackintosh Architecture, The Architecture Gallery, RIBA

Conveniently coinciding with Prince Charles’ latest foray into Architecture, the RIBA’s Mackintosh Architecture exhibition Read on…

House: The Dematerialized Home

sqm-quantified-homeNicolò Lewanski | 17 February 2015

It is not so often we have the chance to attend a debate where every speaker is precise. Read on…

The Art of Memory

Modiano2Jane Sandeman | 02 February 2015

Review of ‘Suspended Sentences’ by Patrick Modiano

“A Marcel Proust of our time” was how the Nobel Academy described Patrick Modiano, the French novelist Read on…

Film Review ‘The Big City’

ray-portraitMartin Earnshaw | 25 January 2015

The Big City (1963), directed by Satyajit Ray, is essentially a story of modernity. The superb opening scene traces Read on…

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #6

the_airstrip3Matthew Bloomfield | 7 January 2015

The Airstrip: Decampment of Modernism, Part III. Dir. Heinz Emigholz, 2014

Heinz Emigholz’s ongoing meditation on architecture continues Read on…

Film Review: ‘Precise Poetry’

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Louise Bjørnskov Schmidt | 05 January 2015

“I’m an architect! I can’t go through walls! I’m not a witch! All I can do with walls is break them down.” This quote by Lina Bo Bardi is not to be understood literally; Read on…

Review: ‘Constructing Worlds’

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Felicity Barbur | 02 January 2015

Presenting Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age at the Barbican in London always seemed likely to prove a good choice of venue. Read on…

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #5

MegacitiesSteve Nash | 2 October 2014

Megacities – Twelve Stories of Survival. Dir. Michael Glawogger, 1998

This film is a tour de force. Part documentary and part fictionalised account of the lives Read on…

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #4

Ecumenopolis 1Martin Earnshaw | 9 October 2014

Ecumenopolis: City without Limits, Dir. Imre Azem, 2012

When we think of a World City we think of a globalised hub like London Read on…

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #3

EcopolisJosh Broomer | 7 October 2014

‘Ecopolis China’, Directed by Anna-Karin Grönroos

Anna-Karin Grönroos’s insightful Read on…

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #2

lahaineMatthew Bloomfield | 2 October 2014

‘La Haine’, Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz

Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine Read on…

Debate: Are Cities Good For Us?

CitiesGoodForYouLouise Bjørnskov Schmidt | 1 October 2014

Are cities good for us? The answer seems obvious. Throughout history humanity has flocked to cities Read on…

Film Review: Robin Hood Gardens

smithsonsRosalind Alexander | 30 September 2014
“The Smithsons on Housing”

Allow me to introduce you to B S Johnson’s 1970 documentary, “The Smithsons on Housing”, which might be better titled “The Smithsons on the Tragedy that is London.” Read on…

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #1

OlsoOH-300x133Magdalena Melon | 29 September 2014

‘Cathedrals of Culture’

If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? Under the direction of Wim Wenders Read on…

Film review: “Rebel Architecture” #2

nghiaMagdalena Melon | 4 September 2014
“Greening the city”
If the current way of thinking does not change, sooner or later citizens will actually live in concrete jungles. Read on…

Film review: “Rebel Architecture”

RicardoRocinha Pedro Calmon | 29 August 2014

“The Pedreiro and the Master Planner” 

“The favela is unplanned, it arises spontaneously, with no help or design from government” Read on…

Book Review: The Writing on the Wall

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by Martin Earnshaw | 7 June 2014

If you’ve ever wondered how much of your life you have wasted on Social Media, Facebook will tell you with its new app. Read on…

The Anti-Human Eco-City

eco-koreaBy Paul Thomas | 20 April 2014

Before attending this lecture on The Anti-Human Eco-City at Leeds Met, I’d heard of them but  Read on…