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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

 

FUTURIST MANIFESTO OF MEN'S CLOTHING

By Giacomo Balla

'WE MUST DESTROY ALL PASSÉIST CLOTHES, and everything about them which is tight-fitting, colourless, funereal, decadent, boring and unhygienic', argues Giacomo Balla in his 1913 'Futurist Manifesto of Men's Clothing'. This exuberant, half-serious praise of asymmetric shapes and vibrant colours is a call for creativity and but also for planned obsolescence. Read more

 

LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME

By Neil Cummings

This essay from 2002 examines the use, adaptation, subversion and meaning of products and the phenomenon of 'things as spectacle'. 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

 

THE OTHER SHINOLA
 

By Camilo José Vergara

Vergara has been recording the signs and murals of Detroit for 40 years, documenting the visual legacy of African American culture. Look at the images

Vergara proposes that these images could be used to create an alternative to the luxury Shinola brand: a locally-produced range of goods inspired by Detroit's folk art. Read more

 

ARCHITECTS AND FURNITURE
 

By Alan Powers

Alan Powers takes a look at the entrepreneurial drive which transformed Modernist cult objects into classics. Read more