Architecture

Medical workers' principle of mutual aid is a call to action for designers, too

The pandemic presents problems that require urgent, pragmatic action from the design profession.

As hospitals turn to tents, architects see promise in shipping containers

Customised "pods" may be a better fit for treating Covid-19.

What’s actually in the “Building Better Building Beautiful” Commission’s report?

“New places are designed by the wheelie bin operators.”

Eritrea’s Modernist architecture: a striking reminder of years of oppression

After fascist rule in the 1930s, its capital Asmara is still a city of contrasts.

How innovative home design could revolutionise dementia care – and even slow down symptoms

Without a miracle drug on the horizon, architects are getting creative.

Podcast: White heat

Or: why is York prettier than Wakefield?

How London lost its Eiffel Tower

It could have been a contender. It could have been some city.

China bans "weird" architecture in cities

No more Eiffel towers.

2015: The year we built more skyscrapers than ever before

Because steel and glass phalluses still mean power.

Copenhagen is building a bike lane in the sky

It's all down to bureaucracy.

Five new buildings changing the tone of their cities

New directions in putting things on top of other things.

A brief guide to Tianjin, past, present and future

China's cities have made history. Now it's time to make them safer

Experiments in socialist urbanism: From Red Vienna to Red Bologna

Two different examples of what happens when socialists control urban policy.

Bits of 50 Chinese cities are falling over thanks to subsidence

Also contains Barbara Windsor. (No, really.)

Interview: Darran Anderson, author of Imaginary Cities, on architecture, power & The Jetsons

"You can tell what the predominant ideology is by what the tallest towers are".

This is why we should be farming in skyscrapers

A short history of vertical farming.

The housing estate given a spot on the Turner shortlist

“In an age when anything can be art, why not have a housing estate?”

9 building materials made entirely from waste products

Not as disgusting as it sounds. Mostly.

Cairo is building a skyscraper shaped like a pyramid

This one probably isn't a tomb.

The 12 most ridiculous designs for the new Battersea bridge

The laws of physics, time, perspective and gravity: all up for grabs.

5 oddly-shaped skyscrapers planned for London

The Can of Ham and other monstrosities.

6 terrible construction projects we're kind of glad were never built

Death by rollercoaster and other bright ideas.

A Japanese construction company is planning a spherical underwater city

We are absolutely certain that this will definitely get built.

London's Garden Bridge: not so public after all

No protesters. No cyclists. No 4am jaunts.

Whatever happened to Abu Dhabi’s carbon neutral city?

A whole lot of solar panels and hardly any people.

6 things we learnt from The Instant City

Flatpack cities could be on their way.

Mexico City’s new airport will produce its own energy and water

It also kind of looks like the, er, Spiderman logo.

Someone’s designed a skyscraper you never have to leave

Flats, restaurants, parks – what more could a person need?

LA developer backs down on poor door

And a rich-people-only swimming pool.

Dubai's property developers are going nuts again

World's largest. World's largest. World's largest.