The 19th-century fascination with ruins was more than romantic affectation. It reflected a growing awareness of the fraught relationship between nature and technology – an anxiety that would soon find expression in the glass and iron palaces of the industrial age
The uranium in François Roche’s Venice exhibit was confiscated by police. His practice, R&Sie(n), has been hit hard by the financial crisis. But architecture’s professional outsider is still out to infiltrate and contaminate the world.
Inflated lips, swollen tongue, huge hands, emaciated body. This grotesquely distorted figure is a strange vision of the perfect client, but this is who Mathiieu Lehanneur is designing for.
At the end of last year, the Swiss voted to ban the construction of minarets. We asked architects to respond to the move, and suggest designs appropriate to a less tolerant Switzerland.