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Lights out: cities cloaked in darknessSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

Whether the result of war or technological failure, blackouts expose our precarious reliance on light, but also make us see social relations differently

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In praise of darkness, a waning reserve Subscription

By Sigri Sandberg

Frightening to some, bewitching, clarifying and calming to others, darkness is a critical resource but is increasingly endangered

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Folio: Robert Fludd's black squareSubscription

Prefiguring Malevich’s Black Square by 300 years, Fludd’s drawing extends at the edges, inscribed with the text Et sic in infinitum – ‘and so on’

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The Big Rethink revisited: Becoming EarthlingsSubscription

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

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‘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