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Phineas Harper's stories

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  • Women who built the world

    Women Who Built the WorldSubscription

    Essay8 March, 2015

    Marking International Women’s Day we’re celebrating the work of female designers throughout architectural history

  • Water

    Water, water everywhereSubscription

    Essay5 May, 2015

    A flood of built examples prove the architectural potential of designing with water. Why is the UK so slow to catch on?

  •  Paul Sargent Subconscious Perception

    Unscrambling Subconscious PerceptionSubscription

    Essay18 January, 2012

    Paul Sargent’s potent illustrations explore the relationship between the conscious and subconscious employing exceptionally rich textures

  • The Fountain of Youth

    The problem with ‘Young Architecture’Subscription

    Essay24 February, 2015

    Emerging practices led by millennials risk commodification at the hands of a culture unwilling to reward the very youth it fetishises

  • Carousel

    The New Socialist VillageSubscription

    Essay5 April, 2013

    A thinktank at the Architectural Association considers the potential and paradoxes behind this polemic research project

  • Happenstance kids and sculpt bash khan

    The Happenstance: a lively Scottish-Venetian freespaceSubscription

    Essay1 June, 2018

    A standout triumph of Freespace is Scotland’s rebellious contribution which exuberantly challenges the entire edifice of the Biennale with a participatory pavilion-cum-festival as much of Scotland as of Venice

  • Barbicanindex

    The Barbican: a radical estate for the middle-classVideoSubscription

    Film22 September, 2015

    As London’s housing continues to spiral out of control, England’s 20th Century estates offer a critical lesson


    Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Asunción, Paraguay, by Gabinete de Arquitectura

    Building26 August, 2013

    Crafted for care: A centre for the treatment of disabled children in Paraguay uses reclaimed materials in an absorbing narrative of physical and social rejuvenation

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    Silver Robots of BrixtonSubscription

    Essay9 December, 2011

    Brixton has degenerated into a harsh ghetto inhabited by robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do in Kibwe Tavares’ RIBA Silver medal winning film of a dystopian future London.

  • film

    Quinta da Malagueira by Álvaro Siza: the last great social housing estate VideoSubscription

    Film28 January, 2015

    The AR explores Siza’s Quinta da Malagueira housing estate in Evora, Portugal, rich both in memory and in potential

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