Anonymous rooms for anonymous and rootless lives, the hotel has long been a giant metaphor for modernity
The control of nature promised a world transformed for the benefit of humans, but have gigantic dams drowned such hopes?
Soaring expression of the individualistic spirit of capitalism, logical extrusion of land values or irrational, anti-urban monster?
Once glamorous gateways to freedom, airports have become zones of consumerist tedium and state terror – but the emotional intensity of the departure gate endures
Typology: Public SquareSubscription
When human particles collide in the accelerator of the square, the public comes into being – as evanescent as an unstable element
Typology: Artist StudioSubscription
The studio reflects the changing status of artists through time, from the humble workspace of art workers to the hallowed ground of masters
Our final encounter with architecture increasingly takes place in crematoria but, despite an association with modern bureaucratic society, the type has a long history
Idealised as a comforting refuge and a site of warm conviviality, the public house can also be divisive
Typology: Housing EstateSubscription
From the green quadrangles of medieval almshouses to towering banlieues, the history of mass housing represents architecture at its most high-minded – which makes its failures all the more painful
Typology: New townsSubscription
Creating new urban areas from scratch may appear to be a utopian exercise, but more frequently it entrenches existing systems of power