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Peter Buchanan's stories

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    Milton Keynes and the urbanism of innocenceSubscription

    Thinkpiece14 May, 2019

    The advertising campaign for Milton Keynes is very revealing, ignoring essential values of city living and urbanity in favour of images stressing seclusion, ease of escape to the countryside, and a consumer future displaying the bland sensible products that reflect the cautious, non-commital ‘functional’ aesthetic of its architecture

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    Rush to judgement: failure to learn from the lives of buildingsSubscription

    Thinkpiece26 February, 2019

    The scandalous failure to revisit and learn from the lives of buildings seriously diminishes the potential of architecture

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    Dutch care: Herman Hertzberger's architecture and influenceSubscription

    Thinkpiece12 December, 2018

    Thirty-three years on from his original critique of Hertzberger’s De Overloop care home, Peter Buchanan contrasts the architect’s altruistic approach with the ego-driven generation that followed

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    From the Archive: The nature of Andy GoldsworthySubscription

    Thinkpiece16 March, 2018

    From AR February 1988, the ephemeral, delightfully moving sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy exist beyond their original fleeting moment as photoworks

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    Ministry of Social Welfare in The Hague, the Netherlands, by Herman HertzbergerSubscription

    Buildings30 January, 2016

    The Ministry of Social Welfare stands in opposition to the placeeroding internationalist pressures of the ’80s, the decade over which its design was developed.

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    Can early acclaim for an architect be a handicap - even the kiss of death?Subscription

    Thinkpiece2 December, 2015

    Too many architects once heralded as rising stars have seen their work descend into caricature and recycled motifs.

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    Empty gestures: Starchitecture's Swan SongSubscription

    Thinkpiece27 February, 2015

    Architecture must move on from pandering to preposterous concepts in an adolescent search for momentary excitement. But to do this will require a more critical perspective from architectural academe and the media

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    David Mackay (1933-2014)Subscription

    Thinkpiece24 November, 2014

    Peter Buchanan pays tribute to the architect-planner who revivified Barcelona with Oriol Bohigas and Josep Martorell

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    The Big Rethink revisited: Becoming EarthlingsSubscription

    Thinkpiece21 November, 2014

    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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    Becoming Human by Design Subscription

    Thinkpiece11 February, 2014

    Although timely, urgent and deserving of attention, Tony Fry’s book is a difficult and demanding read

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