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Tianjin in perspective

explosionby Austin Williams | 19 August 2015

Disasters on the scale of (this) tragic explosion … tend to provoke a brief wave of statements that such things must never happen again. Read on…

Playing Rough

AssembleHollerReview by Matt Bloomfield | 01 August 2015

This summer in London has seen the opening of two exhibitions, both set against a backdrop of brutalism Read on…

A Tale of Two Cities

two cities

by Rozie Saunders | 10 July 2015

Are soaring property prices that push young Londoners out of their city, simply a price for London’s global success? Read on…

The dangers of ‘resilience’

survivalMaja Schwoerer | 22 June 2015

Maja Schwoerer reports on the Future Cities Salon debate at the Building Centre in London. Read on…

The Right Time for the Night Time

The_Arches_Glasgow_crowdAlan D Miller | 26 May 2016

The Night Time industries are vital to Britain’s future both culturally and economically. Read on…

White City Black City

tel aviv jaffaRozie Saunders | 20 May 2015

Sharon Rotbard’s “White City Black City: Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa”  is much more than just an architectural history of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. 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…

Review: ‘Constructing Worlds’

Constructing worlds

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’ #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’ #2

lahaineMatthew Bloomfield | 2 October 2014

‘La Haine’, Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz

Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine 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: “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…

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…

Critical Subjects

white on redHigher education is in crisis. This summer sees the launch of Critical Subjects, a new architectural Summer School placing the pursuit of knowledge and critical thinking at the core of education. Read on…

Ordos’ Other Ghost Town

OrdosOrdos in Inner Mongolia is synonymous with the phrase ‘Ghost Town’; a term describing cities apparently built on a whim, with no-one to occupy them. Read on…

The uncivil civility of Richard Rogers

By Richard J Williams | 31 July 2013

rogers pompidouThe idea of ‘civility’ crops up a lot at Richard Rogers’s exhibition. It’s there right from the start in a room decked out in orange vinyl, with a series of panels laying out Rogers’s ‘ethos’. Read on…

Dear Chris…

Beijing-and-China-Air-PollutionThis is a series of letters between Chris Twinn, Arup Fellow & Senior Sustainability Consultant in Shanghai; and Austin Williams of FCP, after the publication of Williams’ article in China Daily (here)

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Military Urbanism?

‘Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism’ by Stephen Graham; Verso, 2011. 402pp

Reviewed by Austin Williams | 18 December 2012

Urban transformation has often been considered to be a virtue, but some view it differently; as a source of instability and conflict. Read on…

I run therefore I am!

‘The End of the Race (Running Away From The Race)’ by Dan Travis, 2012. 20pp

Reviewed by Jean Smith | 10 October 2012

As an active teenager growing up in the Midlands, I loved field hockey, even though my school team lost most games in the early 1970s. Cross-country running was another story altogether. I was hopeless and dreaded the humiliation Read on…