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Typology

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    Typology: Market hallSubscription

    31 October, 2018 By Tom Wilkinson

    The market hall shelters a cornucopia of delights, but the traffic and mess it generates presents a challenge to planners

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    Typology: Law CourtSubscription

    14 September, 2018 By Tom Wilkinson

    From Kafkaesque labyrinths of columns and arches to the abstraction of Modernist towers: the representation of justice in a world ruled by its absence is an intractable task 

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    Typology: PrisonSubscription

    11 June, 2018 By Tom Wilkinson

    To confine, secure, rehabilitate or punish: the prison has several, sometimes contradictory aims, but however humane its approach, penal architecture is essentially cruel

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    Typology: Buildings for animalsSubscription

    16 April, 2018 By Tom Wilkinson

    Designing buildings for animals has prompted an extraordinary range of responses, from palace to cat flap, which say more about humans than the residents

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    Typology: BathhouseSubscription

    13 February, 2018 By Tom Wilkinson

    Since time immemorial, and from continent to continent, saunas or bathhouses have played a community role, stripping their users of social distinctions and affording a rich seam for architects

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    Typology: Public toiletSubscription

    29 November, 2017 By Tom Wilkinson

    From the pissoir to the sanisette, from the communal to the stand-alone pod, from male to female provision, a rich seam of history runs through toilets

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    Typology: ShopSubscription

    13 September, 2017 By Tom Wilkinson

    Sacred lair of the commodity, its mysteries veiled by plate glass: who can resist the lure of the shop? 

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    Typology: HotelsSubscription

    7 August, 2017 By Tom Wilkinson

    Anonymous rooms for anonymous and rootless lives, the hotel has long been a giant metaphor for modernity

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    Typology: DamsSubscription

    22 June, 2017 By Tom Wilkinson

    The control of nature promised a world transformed for the benefit of humans, but have gigantic dams drowned such hopes?

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    Typology: SkyscraperSubscription

    13 May, 2017 By Tom Wilkinson

    Soaring expression of the individualistic spirit of capitalism, logical extrusion of land values or irrational, anti-urban monster?

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    Typology: AirportSubscription

    20 April, 2017 By Tom Wilkinson

    Once glamorous gateways to freedom, airports have become zones of consumerist tedium and state terror – but the emotional intensity of the departure gate endures

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    Typology: Public SquareSubscription

    2 March, 2017 By Tom Wilkinson

    When human particles collide in the accelerator of the square, the public comes into being – as evanescent as an unstable element

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    Typology: Artist StudioSubscription

    17 February, 2017 By Tom Wilkinson

    The studio reflects the changing status of artists through time, from the humble workspace of art workers to the hallowed ground of masters

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    Typology: CrematoriumSubscription

    14 November, 2016 By Tom Wilkinson

    Our final encounter with architecture increasingly takes place in crematoria but, despite an association with modern bureaucratic society, the type has a long history

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    Typology: PubSubscription

    15 September, 2016 By Tom Wilkinson

    Idealised as a comforting refuge and a site of warm conviviality, the public house can also be divisive

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    Typology: Housing EstateSubscription

    12 August, 2016 By Tom Wilkinson

    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

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    Typology: New townsSubscription

    17 June, 2016 By Tom Wilkinson

    Creating new urban areas from scratch may appear to be a utopian exercise, but more frequently it entrenches existing systems of power

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    Typology: Corporate campus Subscription

    17 May, 2016 By Tom Wilkinson

    With the 1940s came a compulsion to move headquarters from the inner-city sprawl to more tranquil environs out of town. Is the resurgent migration a retreat to a natural idyll or a calculated isolation?

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    Typology: Multifaith Subscription

    21 April, 2016 By Tom Wilkinson

    Religious belief systems remain powerful and distinct but, alongside the differences, comes a call for greater tolerance and cohesion. Can the worship of different gods take place under one roof?

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    Typology: Fire StationsSubscription

    3 February, 2016 By Tom Wilkinson

    The fire station is a unique blend of domesticity and workplace, with the engines brought as close as possible to the living quarters in search of the world’s briefest commute (preferably via pole)

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