Pu Miao: Traditional Chinese Modernism
Jun25

Pu Miao: Traditional Chinese Modernism

A Dialogue Between Architecture and Landscape. Not for him the kind of traditionalist literalism or pastiche but a dynamic, context-driven architecture that respects tradition and yet moves it forward.

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Now Is Good
May17

Now Is Good

Tim Firth’s first ever musical comedy, “Now is Good” is an original piece of writing that surprises at every turn.

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Shanghai Lockdown: A photo-diary
May06

Shanghai Lockdown: A photo-diary

These evocative photos by Zhu Runzi conjure up how Shanghai has changed from one of the world’s most dynamic cities into a ghost-town.

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The importance of sovereignty
Apr09

The importance of sovereignty

We cannot understand the war without looking at the role and influence of Western ideas and values… We have a stake in Ukraine whether we like it or not.

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The problem with “Gender Bias”
Apr08

The problem with “Gender Bias”

… despite the survey also showing that 94% of respondents thought that “children should grow up to be whatever they want.”

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Olympic Meddles
Feb12

Olympic Meddles

Brave investigative journalism is essential for our understanding of what is happening in China. Unfortunately, factual accuracy can be drowned out by emotionally attached storylines and guesswork.

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Most interesting reads from 2021
Dec24

Most interesting reads from 2021

A few of the recommended readings from the Future Cities Project in 2021

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Book Bites: “One Hundred Years of Identity Crisis” by Frank Furedi
Nov25

Book Bites: “One Hundred Years of Identity Crisis” by Frank Furedi

Aristotle identified the problems of adolescence in Ancient Greece and their difficulty transitioning to adulthood, so there is something universal but also unique about the present era.

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The birth of the Chinese Communist Party
Jul23

The birth of the Chinese Communist Party

In 1919, demonstrators held aloft placards appealing to Mr Science and Mr Democracy in what has been called the “Chinese enlightenment” period.

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Euro Final: Wembley Eye-Witness Report
Jul12

Euro Final: Wembley Eye-Witness Report

The NHS-app failed, and we were waved though. There were no gates and no Covid checks.

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