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Yiwu: China's trinket townSubscription


The Chinese city of Yiwu is undergoing a modern-day Gold Rush of novelty item suppliers

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The gondola and the speedboat: Venice as a crucible of cultureSubscription

By Jonathan Glancey

As a melting pot of art and culture, Venice has historically been a source of inspiration for many

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Dark matters: The avant-garde and club culture since the 1960sSubscription


The darkness of the nightclub is deployed to conceal bodies and acts that may not be acceptable in the sunlit street

Essays and reviews

Letters from the Editor

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The Big Rethink revisited: Becoming EarthlingsSubscription


Reflecting on The Big Rethink series of essays, Buchanan argues for a new culture integrating understandings of ecology, evolution and identity

The full Big Rethink

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    Folio: Tomoyuki Tanaka

    Tomoyuki Tanaka illustrates Tokyo’s infrastructure as a bustling hive integrated into city life

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    Folio: Richard Long

    Richard Long’s photographs capture his temporary human intervention in some of the world’s most stunning landscapes

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    Folio: Charlotte Perriand

    The work of Modernist architect and designer Charlotte Perriand has been historically eclipsed by the towering shadow of her long-time collaborator Le Corbusier

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    Folio: Moon Hoon

    Visionary architect Moon Hoon’s drawing represents the vernacular as an island distanced from the high-tech of mainland Korea

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    Folio: Joseon dynasty royal banquet

    Paintings of royal banquets were produced to foster political stability by highlighting the proper way to govern people and promoting the Confucian virtues of filial piety and respect for one’s elders

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    Folio: Sol LeWitt’s ‘$100 drawings’

    Whole chunks of existing city are cut out and erased in this Sol LeWitt’s series of paper works


‘Architecture is now a tool of capital, complicit in a purpose antithetical to its social mission’Subscription

By Reinier de Graaf

As large housing estates are being demolished and the age of great social democracies recedes, taking with it any notion of an architecture for the public, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf asks if there is any alternative to building capital