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We read the city, listening to its stories. Sometimes a building pulls at a thread that unravels the city around it; other times the city has a story all of its own. These city portraits tell us about the wide, complex fabric in which architecture sits.
Proving roads and urban planning can be as divisive as walls: twenty years since the peace process began Belfast remains a city disunited
Schaerbeek’s elegant and striking watchtower by MSA and V+ proves that the design of housing still constitutes a powerful weapon in the battle against social exclusion
Transforming the riverside and converting a Brutalist bank into a centre for cinema, V+ and L’Escaut set a gold standard for Charleroi’s future as the city attempts to rise from its post-industrial ashes
Despite falling into a state of disrepair and disrepute, Sewoon Sangga remains a vibrant hub of human industry and leisure
Driven by culture, commerce, convenience and the vogue for adaptive reuse, south London’s current wave of gentrification is still problematic
Poised at the edge of Milton Keynes’ Modernist city plan, 6a Architects’ extension of the MK Gallery rekindles a lost arcadian vision
Despite a historical culture of tolerance, the Netherlands is also guilty of oppression. With the global rise of the far right, perhaps it is time for Amsterdam to reassert its liberal values
Bringing new life to a forgotten factory on the outskirts of Lille, the cookery and hospitality school by Caruso St John is the first piece in a complex, political puzzle
In African cities – as in cities all over the world – ‘building as development’ is depriving people of their right to the city, exacerbating inequality rather than diminishing it
A sense of promise hangs in the air over Algiers, accompanied by renewed interest in the fate of the Casbah, but its proposed regeneration is cause for concern
The development of Msheireb Downtown Doha is intended to recreate the cultural roots of the district while accepting the march of time
Forging a pattern for a new archetypal character distinct from that of her oft-cited male counterpart, the flâneuse savours the city in a way that has historically been denied her
With the world’s cities growing at a rate never seen before, Terry Farrell is optimistic that digital technologies will determine their future