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Typology studies

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    Yun House Boutique Eco-Resort, China by Ares Partners + Atelier Liu Yuyang ArchitectsSubscription

    The rediscovery of the countryside by China’s middle classes has led to a boom in rural tourism, which has helped redirect cash from the wealthy coast into the undeveloped interior. However, this has often resulted in insensitive building projects, and the ‘nong jia le’ (‘happy farmer home’) idyll frequently turns out to be a mass tourist hell. In response, an eco-tourism movement has developed, offering smaller scale, more deeply embedded experiences of life away from the city. For ...

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    Wooden Skyscraper in Lagos, Nigeria, by Hermann KamteSubscription

    The development of laminated timber has facilitated the construction of unprecedentedly tall wooden buildings

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    Women’s Toilet in Thane, India by Rohan ChavanSubscription

    Secure places to relieve oneself are important for women in India – not only to raise awareness about endemic abuse – but do they work as sites of social interaction?

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    Water Square, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by De UrbanistenSubscription

    A public square doubles as water collection and storage space during periods of high rainfall

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    Typology: UniversitiesSubscription

    The university is one of the oldest surviving institutions in the western world. It has colonised the globe, its architecture reflecting the prevailing ideology – of which it is the reproductive machinery

  • tomb of Rene de Chalon

    Typology: TombsSubscription

    A sealed volume, the tomb has no interior – or if it does, you really don’t want to go there. The exterior, by contrast, is a screen onto which we project our hopes and fears about the other side of life

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    Typology: The semi-detached houseSubscription

    Symbol of middle-class aspiration, conservatism and compromised individualism, the semi-detached house is England’s modern domestic type par excellence

  • JC Prestwich & Sons, Mounts Baths, Northampton, 1936

    Typology: Swimming PoolsSubscription

    Sites of ablution, illicit heavy petting, athleticism, surveillance, leisure, racism and death: pools bring people together stripped of status symbols, but in ways profoundly marked by wider social conditions

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    Typology: SkyscraperSubscription

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

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    Typology: ShopSubscription

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

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