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Have You Ever Heard of Lucius Burckhardt?

By Renard Teipelke Usually the length of a person’s English Wikipedia article indicates how far their global reach has been. In the case of the Swiss urban planning critic Lucius Burckhardt (1925-2003) I have to assume that his reach beyond … Continue reading

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An Implementation Critique of Jan Gehl’s “Cities for People”

By Renard Teipelke In 2010, Danish architect and urban design thinker Jan Gehl compiled his profession’s key urban design principles and convictions in the well-received book “Cities for People”. I like the way he describes how the planning and development … Continue reading

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Doing Things Differently: Often Said, Rarely Done

By Renard Teipelke How often have you experienced it? You are part of a team that sits around a table, in the background ideally a flipchart or whiteboard. Everyone is full of ideas about the new project. There is excitement … Continue reading

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by Alan Grabinsky* An architectural rendering is not a neutral artifact: as an image it always wants something, and its production, distribution and circulation are conditioned by the social context. Renderings that have circulated of the “Cultural Corridor Chapultepec” [Mexico … Continue reading

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Ugly as the (Not So) Logical Norm?

By Renard Teipelke Take a look at the above picture. What do you see? A high-rise building, residential or mix-used. Is it an architectural icon? Well, it probably passes as “ugly” or at least “generic” in most readers’ view. There … Continue reading

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Renovating Kensington

By Renard Teipelke This August I visited London for the second time. I have been to the city the first time in 2011. During both visits I was staying in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (at a friend’s … Continue reading

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Urban Explorations: Covered Passages in Paris

by Markus Kather Visiting Paris last month, strolling off the beaten track, I found myself in a labyrinth of covered passages. Most of them are situated in the areas bordering the Grands Boulevards. The passages are super diverse in architecture … Continue reading

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Pick of the day: Seeing double: what China’s copycat culture means for architecture | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

“An alpine town, the Eiffel Tower, the whole Manhattan skyline … China is replicating the world’s architectural gems. But now Zaha Hadid would like it to stop.” “…From pirated DVDs to knock-off designer brands, the country has a thriving counterfeit … Continue reading

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Under African Skies, Day 5: What is an architect?

by Ares Kalandides Sumayya Vally is on the phone trying to coordinate the lot before the new toilets for the settlement are delivered. CORC, the NGO she works with, has arranged for two new booths to be installed in the … Continue reading

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Aarhus’ Mediascape library: new concepts for an old institution

by Hans Pul Libraries have been considered as central places of public life. They are filled with people of all ages and with all sorts of backgrounds. And with books, of course. In the last decade or so, public libraries … Continue reading

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