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  • Birdview

    Yun House Boutique Eco-Resort, China by Ares Partners + Atelier Liu Yuyang ArchitectsSubscription

    Case study8 August, 2017

    The rediscovery of the countryside by China’s middle classes has led to a boom in rural tourism, which has helped redirect cash from the wealthy coast into the undeveloped interior. However, this has often resulted in insensitive building projects, and the ‘nong jia le’ (‘happy farmer home’) idyll frequently turns out to be a mass tourist hell. In response, an eco-tourism movement has developed, offering smaller scale, more deeply embedded experiences of life away from the city. For ...

  • Accamera

    Wooden Skyscraper in Lagos, Nigeria, by Hermann KamteSubscription

    Case study13 May, 2017

    The development of laminated timber has facilitated the construction of unprecedentedly tall wooden buildings

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    Women’s Toilet in Thane, India by Rohan ChavanSubscription

    Case study29 November, 2017

    Secure places to relieve oneself are important for women in India – not only to raise awareness about endemic abuse – but do they work as sites of social interaction?

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    Water Square, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by De UrbanistenSubscription

    Case study2 March, 2017

    A public square doubles as water collection and storage space during periods of high rainfall

  • Walter Gropius Meisterha¨user Dessau 1925 26

    Walter Gropius Meisterhäuser Dessau, 1925-26Subscription

    Building6 July, 2015

    Semi-detatched typology: A row of cubistic villas built to house the Bauhaus school’s masters

  • Zaha Hadid Vitra Fire Station

    Vitra Fire Station in Germany by Zaha Hadid ArchitectsSubscription

    Building3 February, 2016

    Extravagance meets emergency response in perhaps the most famous fire station in the world

  • Aerial final

    United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon by MorphosisSubscription

    Case study9 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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    Typology: UniversitiesSubscription

    Essay6 October, 2015

    The university is one of the oldest surviving institutions in the western world. It has colonised the globe, its architecture reflecting the prevailing ideology – of which it is the reproductive machinery

  • tomb of Rene de Chalon

    Typology: TombsSubscription

    Essay16 September, 2015

    A sealed volume, the tomb has no interior – or if it does, you really don’t want to go there. The exterior, by contrast, is a screen onto which we project our hopes and fears about the other side of life

  • typology

    Typology: The semi-detached houseSubscription

    Essay6 July, 2015

    Symbol of middle-class aspiration, conservatism and compromised individualism, the semi-detached house is England’s modern domestic type par excellence

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