Book Bites: Sennett’s ‘Building and Dwelling’
Jan03

Book Bites: Sennett’s ‘Building and Dwelling’

Anyone who thinks about the City and its relationship to people, should be interested in this book. It is complex in the same way that a city and its relationships to people is complex.

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Library today, gone tomorrow
Dec21

Library today, gone tomorrow

Situated on the south-western edge of Changsha city, alongside the Xiangjiang river is The Fragrant Golden Fields Estate that seemed to derive its name from its location near the ecologically-protected riverside walk

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In China, you WILL be good
Nov30

In China, you WILL be good

For 70 years, China has monitored society’s actions, it’s just that now it is considerably more technically proficient in doing so.

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The World Cities Culture Report
Nov27

The World Cities Culture Report

The report recognises that revitalising and capitalising on a city’s cultural life plays out differently in vastly contrasting contexts.

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Morandi Bridge: Ronan Point de nos jours
Aug16

Morandi Bridge: Ronan Point de nos jours

The appalling tragedy of the Morandi Bridge built in the mid-1960s (and named after the civil engineer Riccardo Morandi) which collapsed on 14 August 2018, is a disaster that is still under investigation. At the moment there are reports of 39 lives lost but not much is known about the causes or the wider consequences.

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Labour Live: Bread & Circuses
Jun18

Labour Live: Bread & Circuses

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell boasted: ‘It will be magical what we can do for society.’ Eddie Izzard insisted that ‘we need to articulate a vision’. David Lammy, quoting the wrong president, yelled: ‘We’re taking our country back!’

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China’s environmental transformation
Jan29

China’s environmental transformation

“The environment” has long exercised the minds of the Chinese government. It was one of the first developing nations to introduce sustainable development on a national and regional policy level and it rewrote its Constitution way back in 1982 – five years before the Brundtland Report – pledging to “protect the environment”.

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Blade Runner’s Retro Futures
Oct13

Blade Runner’s Retro Futures

by Dr. H J McCracken

We are now only two years from the dateline of the original Blade Runner. Ray Bradbury’s melancholic future of Martian settlement and abandonment, The Martian Chronicles, has since long passed, and along with it of course, 1984.

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The middle-class home
Jul10

The middle-class home

Compared 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.

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Design Museum Design
Nov27

Design Museum Design

by 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. Since the founding of his Design Museum in 1989, perhaps the most admirable yet understated of his achievements, a concerted effort has lingered to establish an institute of...

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