Friday, 16 March 2012 14:04

Distrust That Particular Flavor

Speculative fiction writer William Gibson is credited with "predicting the internet" as early as 1981. A book of his essays, written over three decades, brings together his prophecies about "the Net" and other astounding insights on subjects from eBay to Singapore. Here's our review.

Published in Review
Monday, 12 March 2012 14:13

Catalan Wines

The designers at Toormix are big fans of their local tipple, but worry that it suffers from a lack of coherent branding. Here’s their solution.

Published in Rethink
Thursday, 08 March 2012 13:02

House NA by Sou Fujimoto

Tokyo architect Sou Fujimoto’s latest experiment in compact living is a minimalist climbing tower of glass walls and super-thin steel floor plates.

Published in News
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

Published in Features

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

Published in Features
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

Published in Features
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

Published in Features
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:45

Battersea Power Station

Solitary, decaying and useless, London’s favourite derelict building stands proud and aloof amid legal wranglings, property speculation and the soulless transformation of its surroundings. For the “Ruins” issue, we made Battersea Power Station our Icon of the Month.

Published in Icon of the Month
Monday, 20 February 2012 15:52

Zaha Hadid in Marseille

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed a sinuous, fluid office building in the south of France which attempts to alter our expectations of towers.

Published in News
Friday, 17 February 2012 14:13

Mathaf Museum; MIA Park, Doha

Fireworks and a new sculpture park give the Gulf’s richest country a chance to put on a display of culture in its capital.

Published in Review
Monday, 13 February 2012 11:15

Alesia Centre by Bernard Tschumi Architects

Bernard Tschumi’s interpretation centre in Burgundy on the site of a legendary Roman siege is invisible from the town above.

Published in News