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  • Wetland_Center_INDEX

    Xixi Wetland Center in China by Atelier FrontiSubscription

    Buildings28 August, 2012

    Wang Yun’s thoroughly Modernist buildings, set in China’s only national wetland park, have been left unoccupied − symptomatic of China’s unfulfilled journey from here to modernity

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    Mad in ChinaSubscription

    Buildings28 August, 2012

    MAD is one of the few Chinese practices gaining international recognition, but as Dang Qun explains, they also want to fill the voids in China left by a changing society

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    House For All Seasons in Shaanxi Province, China by John LinSubscription

    Buildings18 June, 2012

    WINNER: Reworking existing vernacular models, John Lin’s prototypical house in a Chinese village aims to improve living conditions by re-connecting rural communities with the principles of sustainability and self-sufficiency

  • 2nd Floor Work Area, Museum of Handcraft Paper, Xinzhuang, Yunnan Province, China, TAO

    TAO's Museum of Handcraft Paper, Xinzhuang, ChinaSubscription

    Buildings27 March, 2012

    A new museum dedicated to the historic Chinese art of papermaking is authentically rooted in the relationship between context, craft and construction

  • A United States urban reconstruction of a road in Baghdad used for military training. The fake street is modelled on Israeli occupied territories on the West Bank

    Cities Under SiegeSubscription

    Thinkpiece29 February, 2012

    Stephen Graham’s articulates a theory on New Military Urbanism: but is the language of war really permeating metropolitan politics?

  • This poster was used to illustrate part of Green Party MP Caroline Lucas' ‘Home front’ initiative. The campaign sought to connect images of Britain's war-time past with today's age of dangerous climate change and energy insecurity.

    The Greens under ScrutinySubscription

    Thinkpiece2 February, 2012

    Roger Scruton pushes for community responsibility to save the local environment before approaching the depths of global change

  • Antique embroidered panel showing life in old Suzhou, long swept away in China’s dash for growth. The country’s next challenge is to forge coherent practical and political responses to notions of sustainable development. Christophe Loviny/corbis

    View From Suzhou, ChinaSubscription

    Thinkpiece25 December, 2011

    As the COP17 talks emphasise the need for action on climate change, China is using sustainable development as a political tool

  • Breakdown In The Open Road City

    Breakdown In The Open Road CitySubscription

    Thinkpiece23 November, 2011

    Reading the environment

  • The Megalopolis, as shown by Paul Rudolph’s Lower Manhattan Expressway, New York, USA, 1970

    Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective by David Grahame ShaneSubscription

    Thinkpiece18 August, 2011

    The end of Western hegemony will impact on the way that we deal with urban forms

  • Libyans showing their support for Colonel Gadaffi in Tripoli's Green Square

    The ethics of being ethical come into question as our urban fabric crumblesSubscription

    Thinkpiece18 August, 2011

    As greed casts a shadow over society’s urban fabric, Austin Williams weighs up the ethics of being ethical