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Tom Wilkinson

Tom Wilkinson is History Editor of The Architectural Review and the author of Bricks and Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made


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    Soiled goods: human manure through historySubscription

    12 February, 2020

    Although generally thought of as waste, excrement has served many purposes throughout history, from fertiliser to substance of protest

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    Photographic memory: the revival of an artefactSubscription

    20 January, 2020

    The private antecedent to coffee-table tomes on Soviet Modernism, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s photo book is reproduced as an artefact from an ever more distant moment in time

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    United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon by MorphosisSubscription

    9 December, 2019

    Like US diplomatic buildings worldwide, this facility currently under construction in Beirut is subject to increased fortification, following two bombings of the previous embassy

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    Swiss Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya by Roeoesli & Maeder ArchitektenSubscription

    9 December, 2019

    The new embassy complex turns is back to the street, begging the question of what buildings of this type owe to the context in which they sit

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    Egyptian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal by Promontorio, 2018Subscription

    9 December, 2019

    The patterns of Lisbon’s Egyptian embassy deal with an expression of its home country’s architectural heritage, without becoming a replica of a traditional building, alien to its new, foreign context

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    Franco-German Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh by SPA DesignSubscription

    9 December, 2019

    Completed in 2017, the double-occupancy of the embassy shared between France and Germany in Dhaka is expressed in the very fabric of the building

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    Typology: EmbassySubscription

    9 December, 2019

    Redolent of the geopolitical climate, embassy design has shifted to create symbols of protection as well as power

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    Ahead of the curve: Office Off Course, ChinaSubscription

    12 November, 2019

    An archaeological park in Zhejiang province by Office Off Course juxtaposes strident angles with soft curves

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    Adaptive learning: O'Donnell Brown, UKSubscription

    11 November, 2019

    Schools in London’s Tower Hamlets have been imaginatively extended and improved by O’Donnell Brown despite limited budgets

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    Typology: BankSubscription

    18 September, 2019

    Beginning with the simple table from which they take their name, banks developed into one of the most splendid urban building types as they sought to reassure depositors. Today they are on the verge of disappearing altogether

All by Tom Wilkinson