Thursday, 01 March 2012 00:00

Profile: Ulrich Müther

The structural engineer and architect, Ulrich Müther, known as the Oscar Niemeyer of the GDR, created a range of innovative concrete shell structures in former East Germany. After reunification many of his buildings were demolished, and his remaining works face an uncertain future

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Oscar Niemeyer's International Fair in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, was intended as the foundation of a new city quarter, but civil war intervened and it was never finished. Half a century on, its mysterious geometric forms stand like a modernist Shangri-La

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 00:00

The architecture of failure

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

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Thursday, 01 March 2012 00:00

Chernobyl: Atomic City

Abandoned since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the city of Pripyat has spent 25 years returning to nature. Off limits to all but a few, the decaying city has become a magnet for a curious breed of ruin enthusiasts: urban explorers

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