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The countryside


A window into country life: Traverser by Raymond DepardonSubscription

The photographer’s studies of depopulated terrain in rural France combine intimate observation with the evocative timelessness of place

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Outrage: the disgrace of social housing provision in EnglandSubscription

Governments have cynically abandoned the idea of social housing for rural communities

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China’s shift from urban development to rural reconstructionSubscription

Source of both peasant revolution and cultural continuity, the countryside has long held a place in Chinese mythology

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Rus in urbe, unpacked: on countryside running through the heart of English citiesSubscription

From burhs, through abbey-monasteries, universities, garden squares to garden cities and new towns, England’s urban evolution has deep and complex roots which still shape society

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Building momentum in KoshirakuraSubscription

Completed over two decades, projects by the Koshirakura Landscape Workshop have slowly accumulated and brought new vitality to this ageing Japanese village

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AR April 2018 on Rethinking the ruralSubscription

Dessin et Construction | Carmody Groarke | Dorte Mandrup | Invisible Studio | Plan:b arquitectos | Edwin Lutyens | Typology: Building for animals

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Editorial: Rural living – taking the sting out of wildernessSubscription

The countryside is now a field for experimentation, where science, digitisation, satellite mapping and agricultural production have combined in a revolution

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The double exposure of the Marshall IslandsSubscription

After the culture loss experienced due to US nuclear experiments in the mid 20th century, the Marshall Islands face now the threat of climate change

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Reinventing the rural: a new perspective on our countrysideSubscription

The new vision created by urban dwellers of the green land is far more rural than the countryside itself


Folio: Richard LongSubscription

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


Outrage: ‘The cruel hukou system in China must stop’Subscription

The registration system victimises migrants from rural areas


The urgent case to rewild the countrysideSubscription

Walk on the wild side: rewilding our environment would take us back to a healthier balance, restoring lost natural food chains