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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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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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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Book Review: After Europe by Ivan Krastev
Oct11

Book Review: After Europe by Ivan Krastev

Ivan Krastev is a respected, left-wing intellectual and professor at Sofia University. He has written several pithy books, mainly about democracy. His commentaries are insightful, with colourful details and images enlivening his academic prose.

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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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Late-Nite Review – COMING SOON
Aug19

Late-Nite Review – COMING SOON

Set up by the Future Cities Project, Late-Nite Review: The Future City is a new forum for critical exchange within the profession, an autonomous environment in which to develop open inquiry.   The forum provides a space where architects present their work to a panel of architects, critics, commentators and pundits as a means to open up discussion, explore new ideas and debate the future direction of  the city. For further details,...

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The Art of Memory
Feb01

The Art of Memory

Jane 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 who received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, an award for conferring ‘the greatest benefit to mankind’.  Given only a handful of his 25-odd novels have so far been translated into English, Modiano is not exactly well-known in the...

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The fatuous infatuation with well-being
Jan12

The fatuous infatuation with well-being

Further to a TES article “Schools should appoint heads of well-being, charity says“, I tracked back the report being cited… then the citation of the citation of the citation within it. Here’s what I found. First of all, what is the TES doing uncritically reporting that “75% of mental illness is unreported”. What could that possibly mean? At best it is a projection, at worst it is guesswork.  The actual survey...

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Debate: Are Cities Good For Us?
Oct01
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Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #1
Sep28

Film Review: ‘City Visions’ #1

Magdalena Melon | 29 September 2014 ‘Cathedrals of Culture’ If buildings could talk, what would they say about us? Under the direction of Wim Wenders, Cathedrals of Culture attempts to throw light on this question by offering six renowned filmmakers a chance to select a building that means something special to them, and allowing them to pose as the narrators who communicate the soul of their buildings.  This could have proved...

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