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WAKING UP FROM THE NIGHTMARE OF PARTICIPATION

By Markus Miessen

Is participation becoming a nightmare? Architect Markus Miessen has written, 'Supported by a repeatedly nostalgic veneer of worthiness, phony solidarity, and political correctness, participation has become the default of politicians withdrawing from responsibility.' Read more

CRITICAL DESIGN FAQ

By Dunne and Raby

What is Critical Design?’ ‘What is it for?’ These are just some of the questions Dunne & Raby set out to answer. 'Too weird, it’s dismissed as art. Too normal, it’s effortlessly assimilated. It suggests the everyday could be different. That things could change.' Read more

 
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DENISE SCOTT BROWN PHOTOGRAPHS

By Denise Scott Brown

Denise Scott Brown's photos from the 1950s and 60s, a few of which are shown here, reveal the beauty in a seemingly commercial cityscape. See more

ON INTERIOR DESIGN

By Fred Scott

‘Like the common cold, interior design, despite its prevalence, is lacking in definition.’ Fred Scott on interior design and architecture. Read more

 

OPEN SKY:
INTRODUCTION

By Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio, who died on 10th September, was among the most influential contemporary thinkers. Here he looks at the compression of time and the sky, at space, matter and speed. Read more

ROOM AT THE TOP?
SEXISM AND THE STAR SYSTEM IN ARCHITECTURE

By Denise Scott Brown

'To the extent that gurus are unavoidable and sexism is rampant in the architecture profession, my personal problem of submersion through the star system is insoluble.' Read more

 

MANIFESTO OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANCIENT BUILDINGS

By William Morris

This 1877 text remains the foundation document of conservation and one of the most important and influential manifestos of the modern age. Read more

 

THE RENDER GHOSTS
 

By James Bridle

This powerful essay explores the absence and strange presence of the spectral remains of humans in the projected space of real estate marketing. Read more

 

THE HANNOVER PRINCIPLES
 

By William McDonough

William McDonough's Hannover Principles have come to underpin contemporary design thinking on sustainability. Read more

THE CULMINATION OF SEPARATION

By Guy Debord

'In societies dominated by modern conditions of production, life is presented as an immense accumulation of spectacles.' Read more

 

HOW TO KILL PEOPLE:
A PROBLEM OF DESIGN

By Hito Seyerl

From creative destruction to creative disruption, Hito Steyerl traces the ways in which violence is visited on communities in the digital age. Read more

 

MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE

By Laura Marcus

In her essay 'Music and Architecture', Laura Marcus  examines views on rhythm and wonders whether we should listen to a house or a street. Read more

 
 
 
 

TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THINGS
AN ARCHITECT SHOULD KNOW

By Michael Sorkin

Wise and witty, this list of things an architect should know ranges from the feel of cool marble under bare feet to the the golden ratio. Read more

 

NEW BABYLON

By Constant Nieuwenhuys

'To succeed in life is to create and re-create it incessantly. Man can only have a life worthy of himself if he himself creates.' Read more