Opinion: “Landscape architects can’t rely on architecture-centric media”

Landscape architects need to fly the flag for their profession if they are to receive the recognition they demand and deserve, says Charles A Birnbaum. Charles A Birnbaum The biggest problem facing landscape architects, according to a recent survey in World Landscape Architecture...
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Opinion: “Architecture as intellectual inquiry needs to take more risks”

Mimi Zeiger The second Chicago Architecture Biennial tackles the broad and tempestuous topic of history, but plays it too safe, says Mimi Zeiger in this Opinion column. I’m not going to define history. No matter how heavily that word weighs on the Chicago Architecture...
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What can western planners learn from Asia’s mega-cities?

“We can’t stop superblocks or sprawl, but we have to make space for life in between” Aaron Betsky finds lessons for western city planners and designers in amongst the mega-blocks, privatised spaces and urban sprawl of Asian cities. As a tourist and business...
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“Smart devices introduce an ambiguity over who is in charge”

by Reinier de Graaf Opinion: “smart” technology promises to make our lives easier by learning what we like and giving us more of it, says Reinier de Graaf. But who will really be in control when the machines know everything about us? The US recently rolled out a law...
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“We face calls for safe houses, safe communities and safe spaces”

There are tactics that architecture can use to make people feel safe, says Aaron Betsky, but the question is how we apply them to public buildings and spaces Opinion: there are concrete tactics that architecture can use to make people feel mentally and socially safe, says Aaron...
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Non-adaptive double-loaded skyscraper corridor destroys urban space. Interior spaces are not much better in this energy-wasting formalist statement. Drawing by Nikos A. Salingaros

The 21st Century Needs Its Own Paradigm Shift in Architecture – Point of View

Nikos A. Salingaros For well above half a century, most new buildings delivered by architects to owners have had extremely poor spaces, both inside and out. I blame this sad state of affairs on the criteria used for the critical evaluation of the built environment. Buildings that...
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“Modern architecture needs projects like this”: Owen Hatherley opinion on Morphosis’ Vals skyscraper

Opinion: you don’t have to like Thom Mayne’s skyscraper for Vals to understand that architecture needs fantastical projects like it, says Owen Hatherley. The early 20th-century German storyteller and architectural dreamer Paul Scheerbart – whose work is newly...
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“The places people are staking their lives on now aren’t architectural icons”

Owen Hatherley on the Aylesbury estate, protest and Modernism Opinion: the fight for London’s Aylesbury estate – a negative symbol of the Modernist-inspired drive to standardise housing design – is about saving the ideas not the architecture, explains Owen Hatherley. At the...
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