Extinction Rebellion – the new Millenarian Cult
Apr19

Extinction Rebellion – the new Millenarian Cult

Shouting: “The End of the World is Nigh” used to be the preserve of eccentric elderly doomsayers with sandwich-boards. Cue David Attenborough. But it is depressing that so many young people have accepted the baseless assertion.

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Book Bites: Peter Magyar’s Pen Zen Diaries
Mar17

Book Bites: Peter Magyar’s Pen Zen Diaries

At its simplest, this book will teach you to draw and to learn from the process; with simple line studies and ink renderings. “Architects,” he says, “should aspire to reflect and invent the best of the present, and weigh its value in the future”.

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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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Book Bites: Stoner by John Williams
Oct07

Book Bites: Stoner by John Williams

Stoner has substance, gravity and it stays with you afterwards. What it reminds me of is the enchantment of the book and its suggestion that literature itself might be the best way of understanding life.

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Revolutionizing Construction… post-Brexit
Sep17

Revolutionizing Construction… post-Brexit

85 – 92% of new housing is constructed using traditional brick/block masonry construction, a labour-intensive mode of building that has ostensibly remained the same for centuries.

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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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Review: Make Futurism Great Again
Aug11

Review: Make Futurism Great Again

The art works relating to this project comprise a mix of early futurist paintings, a collection of audio-visual displays and an exhibit of a light purple fluid that “captures the essence of the Futurist movement”

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