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The dark arts of Big Oil advertising

Green fields, blue skies and nostalgic architecture: the fossil fuel advertising of 20th-century Britain inspired delusion. Now we are not such willing participants 

Opinion
09.11.21

Play is not a luxury – and our cities need to reflect that

Design should embrace children and their development by enabling diverse play wherever possible, argue Amica Dall and Penny Wilson

Opinion
29.10.21

Rethinking the future of the Los Angeles River

Waterways have the potential to make cities more sustainable and joyful – but it requires collaboration, creativity and community, explains Mia Lehrer

Opinion
05.10.21

There is nothing ‘super’ about superyachts

From Bezos' Y721 to Abramovich’s Ecstasea, these are playthings of the uber-rich with designations that call to mind an eau de toilette or knock-off Nokia

Crimes Against Design
29.09.21

Behind Greece’s new tallest building, a neighbourhood reshaped by profit

Plans for Foster + Partners’ Marina Tower herald the greenwashed privatisation of an Athens suburb

Opinion
17.08.21

PVC perils: why bouncy castles are a design nightmare

The inflatable play-houses are more than just lurid eyesores – their use is bound up with plastic waste and social inequality

Crimes Against Design
06.08.21

Jony Ive and Prince Charles will save us all with design, apparently

The pair has teamed up to launch the Terra Carta Design Lab, inviting RCA students to develop solutions to the climate crisis

Opinion
24.07.21

‘For Indigenous communities, architecture is a symbol of colonisation’

First Nations people in Canada still suffer from unacceptable housing conditions – that must change, writes Caroline Monnet

Opinion
13.07.21

The promise of Hip-Hop Architecture

In his new book, US architect Sekou Cooke shapes a powerful manifesto for marginalised voices

Opinion
29.06.21

The design industry too often leaves people behind

Design has been seduced by hypergrowth, leaving behind those with needs not considered profitable, explains Harriet Gridley

Opinion
17.06.21

Environmentally sustainable projects need to be socially sustainable too

The two aspects are inextricably linked, says Ton Venhoeven

Opinion
02.06.21

UK housing design needs to be more Scandinavian

Communal spaces are far more important in Scandinavian housing – Britain could learn a thing or two

Opinion
05.05.21

Emergency housing for homeless young people must be better designed

Three UK architects discuss how to improve emergency shelters for homeless youth

Opinion
20.04.21

Who is London building upwards for?

A new report on the capital's tall towers reveals a city still gripped by real estate speculation and unaffordable housing, despite ongoing crises

Opinion
15.04.21

Ending the destruction of our planet is a design challenge

We need to leave behind toxic materials, systems and products whose damage we can’t justify any longer, argues Parley's Cyrill Gutsch

Opinion
05.04.21

Crimes Against Design: Downing Street’s briefing room

At a cost of £2.6m, the UK government's new press briefing room is nothing more than a vanity project, argues Matthew Ponsford

Crimes Against Design
31.03.21

No more new: why architecture’s future lies in the past

We have an urgent collective duty to retrofit and repurpose, argue Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd

Opinion
23.03.21

Why on earth are we so obsessed with terrazzo?

From Instagram-friendly bathrooms to gimmicky phone cases, terrazzo has become nothing short of a viral design trend

Crimes Against Design
19.03.21

In the design world, sustainability is too often skin deep

Companies are greenwashing their outside faces, but underneath lurks rampant unsustainable practices few are looking at

Comment
04.03.21

Amid a climate crisis, what does the ‘ideal city’ look like?

A new book showcases projects that contribute to more inclusive, sustainable and desirable cities. But does its optimism tackle the scale of the problem?

Opinion
19.02.21

Gyms are a crime against design

The commercial cult of the body is invading our urban spaces, argues Edwin Heathcote

Crimes Against Design
19.12.20

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Design London makes LDF debut this September

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Learning centre opens at King’s Cross nature reserve

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