Tag Archives: utopia

Night White Skies

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Sean Lally for his excellent Night White Skies podcast series, on architecture, cities, the politics of space, virtual reality & the imagination. Hope you enjoy ( and listen to the full series, … Continue reading

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Imagining the Future

Excited to be giving a keynote talk at the Venice Biennale on the 25th of this month on cities, architecture and Utopia (thanks to the British Council and the Flanders Architecture Institute especially for their support).

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Back to the future

‘Our visions of the future tell us more about the present than they do the future. The clean open marble piazzas of Renaissance Ideal Cities were dreamt up amidst narrow alleyways and unhygienic squalor. Bruno Taut was dreaming up visions … Continue reading

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“The future will only contain what we put into it now.”

Here’s a piece I’ve written a piece on the future of cities for The Guardian.

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The Resilience of Cities

‘The future will be no different. Change is coming and the water is rising, but the apocalypse will be, as it has always been, continually postponed. We are haunted and fixated by often-outdated images of failed growth: the labyrinth of … Continue reading

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Forbes Interview

‘It’s true all utopias are dystopias for some, what is Dubai, or indeed Ancient Rome, for a slave but a glittering obscenity? Yet it is equally the case that all dystopias are utopias for a privileged self-appointed few. The real … Continue reading

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LSE Talk

Thanks to everyone who came to our utopian/future cities talk at the London School of Economics. Thanks also to the organisers and the panel (Dr Matthew Beaumont, Professor Rachel Cooper and Professor Richard Sennett). I really enjoyed it. Here’s a … Continue reading

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