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Urbanism

UVA Colombia Night

Colombia’s infrastructure reclaimed as public space Subscription Required

Hillside water tanks circling Medellín have been repurposed as a necklace of public spaces draped around the city

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Framing the Issue: Bamboo's Structural Role in the Fight for Public Space Subscription Required

On the front line of a design-led call to arms, bamboo is giving a physical form to the elusive concept of public space

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Privately owned public space: Graham and Vogt's Pavilion on the Met's Rooftop Subscription Required

Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout, Dan Graham and Günther Vogt’s roof garden commission at the Met, triggers Lili Carr to question the contradictions behind land ownership in cities

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Leon Krier on sustainable urbanism and the legible city Subscription Required

The angst of backwardness and its consequences: Reflecting on the huge changes that have occurred in London over his long career, Leon Krier argues in this essay that it is traditional urbanism - not dense Modernism - that offers the solutions to the planet’s ecological problems

Ordos Ghost House

Hollow promises: the ghost town Ai Weiwei built Subscription Required

The Western media mock the emptiness of the vast Chinese city of Ordos, but the true failure is Ai Weiwei’s disastrous attempts at development

LA INDEX

Los Angeles: A crucible of contention Subscription Required

Beset by curatorial and funding issues, a new survey of Los Angeles architects at MOCA is a missed opportunity, with genuine talent lost in an undiscriminating blare of projects

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Letting Loose Los angeles in the seventies Subscription Required

Fantastic mirrored pachyderms coexist with an all too real landscape of strip malls and freeways in a new exhibition on Los Angeles that examines the city’s capacity to stimulate radical responses to space, structure and patterns of use

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What will the Neighbours Think? Los Angeles looks back to the future Subscription Required

Elastic, plastic and anarchic, Los Angeles is a city seduced by dreams of the future that feed its hunger for experimentation. A major series of new exhibitions revisits and reframes its colourful recent past

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Endless House: experimental archetypes of dwelling

Both artists and architects have used the single-family home to explore universal topics and expand their disciplines in new ways

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Radical tactics transform Latin American cities Subscription Required

Favelas: not the problem of urbanity but the solution?

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AIA Convention in Atlanta Subscription Required

Convention planners wisely avoided the tempation of promoting icons as the solution to urban ills and looked towards themes that are larger than architecture

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The forgotten master of Brazilian Modernism Subscription Required

Subject to several unfortunate twists of history, Affonso Eduardo Reidy was once considered the most important Brazilian architect of his generation

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'Latin America was a place where Modernist dreams came true' Subscription Required

Just what is it that makes South American architecture so appealing?

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An Author of Note: Magma's Architecture Sketchbook Subscription Required

Who dares tamper with one of the architect’s most prized possessions: the sketchbook?

Still of ‘The Architects’ by Amie Siegel exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture

Spatial generics of the architectural office Subscription Required

The architect’s office is a primary export of American architecture adopted worldwide but remains much of a muchness with bland trifling differences, as shown in Amie Siegel’s ‘The Architects’

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Sacred Spaces Subscription Required

An ambitious new study of contemporary religious architecture touches upon a broad range of hypotheses, but falls short of an in-depth analysis