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Book of the month: Trans-Europe ExpressSubscription

By Huw Lemmey

Owen Hatherley deliberates on how power influences architecture in the creation of the European invention – the nation-state city

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Belgian imperialism: the colonisation of the CongoSubscription

By Johan Lagae

The architectural and urban colonial legacy of the Congo should not be seen through the prism of a Belgian-Congolese context, but from a global perspective

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Socialist class: the Houses of the PeopleSubscription

By Owen Hatherley

The Houses of the People initiated by the Belgian Workers’ Party at the end of the 19th century were a rare confluence of socialism and exquisite design

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: Marcel Breuer's Long Chair

    This drawing is from The Marcel Breuer Coloring Book, which was created in 1962 and distributed to the staff at Breuer’s studio

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    Folio: Helena Mändlová's 'Dream'

    Part of a collection of drawings by Jewish children who were detained in Theresienstadt ‘camp-ghetto’, Dream was created during clandestine drawing classes taught by painter and teacher Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

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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


‘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