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  • Birdview

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

    Buildings8 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

    Buildings13 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

    Buildings29 November, 2017

    The lack of toilet provision in developing countries is not limited to India, but it is here that it is most dire, and perhaps most detrimental to women. The scandalous sexual abuse suffered by Indian women, which has recently received much attention from Western media, frequently occurs while they are trying to relieve themselves in the open air. The government and NGOs have made many attempts to ameliorate the problem, with varying degrees of failure. In the large city of Thane, a ...

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    Water Square, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by De UrbanistenSubscription

    Buildings2 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

    Buildings6 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

    Buildings3 February, 2016

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

  • Lomonsov_university

    Typology: UniversitiesSubscription

    Thinkpiece6 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

    Thinkpiece16 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

    Thinkpiece6 July, 2015

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

  • JC Prestwich & Sons, Mounts Baths, Northampton, 1936

    Typology: Swimming PoolsSubscription

    Thinkpiece1 August, 2015

    Sites of ablution, illicit heavy petting, athleticism, surveillance, leisure, racism and death: pools bring people together stripped of status symbols, but in ways profoundly marked by wider social conditions

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