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THE WORK AHEAD OF US

By Vladimir Tatlin

Tatlin's 1920 call to Constructivist arms declares 'our distrust of the eye, and place our sensual impressions under control.' Read more

 

AMUSEMENT PARKS

By Jeffrey Milstein

In this series of aerial shots of amusement parks, the land appears as an odd, multi-coloured machine, its cogs and gears the illuminated rides. See the images

 

ReACH DECLARATION

 

A worldwide initiative for the Reproduction of Art and Cultural Heritage, ReACH is the reimagining of the 1867 Convention by the V&A. Read more

 

THE PNYX AND THE AGORA

By Richard Sennett

The theatre is as much a pivotal public space as the city square, a venue in which reality is heightened and attention focused. Read more

 

TEAM TEN PRIMER

By Alison and Peter Smithson

Team 10 attempted to shift modernism from a machine-age, international style into a more sophisticated, situated and responsive architecture. This text from 1962 lays down the outlines of how this might be done.  Read more

 
 
 
 
 

LIVING IN A HOUSE

By Álvaro Siza

'Living in a house, in a real house,' writes Álvaro Siza, 'is a full time job'. It is a beautiful, wry look at the physical realities of dwelling. Read more

 

THE FORM OF HOUSING

By Neave Brown

In this 1967 essay, Brown outlined what he saw as the inadequacies of modernist planning and his ideas for social housing. Read more

 

1867 CONVENTION

By Henry Cole

A call for the mutual exchange of copies across European museums, this Convention was drawn up by founder of the V&A Henry Cole. Read more

 

THE MEANING OF CRAFT

By R. G. Collingwood

In this work published in 1938, Collingwood  lays out the six defining characteristics of craft, including the distinctions between means and end. Read more

 

WALDEN - AN EXTRACT

By Henry David Thoreau

"Shall we forever resign the pleasure of construction to the carpenter?" Henry David Thoreau, in his 1854 book Walden, calls for simple, unpretending buildings as these make "the most interesting dwellings in this country". Read more