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berrin chatzi chousein

born in Greece and graduated from Middle East Technical University,Faculty of Architecture,Department of Architecture.She has served as Country Editor at World Architecture Community since 2008 and become Editor-in-Chief at WAC in 2014.Berrin was also curator of London-based studio Studio Egret West(SEW) exhibition under the title of ’Young British... / More

Nonfiction Takes Root in the Parisian Literary Landscape


The first issue of XXI, which came out in 2008 and publishes long-form journalism.

When Adrien Bosc, the 28-year-old publisher of Feuilleton, a French quarterly that has received some buzz here for bringing American long-form journalism to this side of the Atlantic, tries to describe his publication, he is often at a loss for words. At least French ones.Here, where fiction is traditionally considered to be the only literature with a capital L, nonfiction remains less a genre in its own right than a hodgepodge of other categories: biographies, histories and political essays. Even the term “la non-fiction” has limited currency.For that reason, Mr. Bosc said, “I tell French readers it’s an investigation that reads like a novel,” to explain the articles in the quarterly......Continue Reading

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New book charts development of humanitarian architecture

Image: RMIT UniversityHumanitarian Architecture is the title and subject of a new book written by RMIT University Associate Professor Esther Charlesworth, which will be launched next week by former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans.Charting the development of humanitarian architecture, the book explores ...

Universities as big business, coding the future, and openings in knowledge production

Image credit: Two women operating ENIAC, US Army (Wikimedia, Public Domain)Impact Round-Up 21st June: Universities as big business, coding the future, and openings in knowledge production.Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, ...

Politics of Place has now been published!

The first issue of the journal has now been published. Click Here to view it.Alternatively, you can read individual pieces in pdf format. Special FeatureA Step Towards the Earth: Interview with Tim Robinsonby Jos Smith Articles“Home-grown Iliads”: Hermsprong and theRegional Novelby Chris ...

Youth and success in architecture


Text and images: Sara Anne Best

At 43, Sou Fujimoto is the youngest architect to author a Serpentine Pavilion. Will his talk in Sydney inspire encouragement and support to the emerging generation of architects?

A gargantuan pebble lies dormant in Kensington Gardens, on the doorstep of the Serpentine Gallery. Chilean architect, Smiljan Radic’s paper-mache carapace is the antithesis of last year’s translucent terrain by Sou Fujimoto. It is a contradiction that highlights the pavilion commission as an ‘unparalleled site for architectural experimentation’.

Often a luxury, the privilege is awarded to an architect yet to build in the UK, enabling local audiences to ‘engage with their work first hand’. It is a prestigious honour and at once an affirmation and catalyst toward architectural fame. Yet in a profession that draws heavily on the work of others to teach and inspire, there is a commensurate level of responsibility.


Flashback: See The New York Skyline Change Over 150 Years

The New York skyline is made up of twelve different decades of buildings, but when you look at them today, they all form a single beautiful picture. Over the last century and a half, that picture has changed dramatically. From the original skyscraper boom to the modern glass towers of today, the New York skyline has grown more and more impressive every year, and these pictures show the process step-by-step, as well as the impending future.

Year: 1906...

Do the monster mash

I'm presenting Alex Warwick’s review of David McNally’s Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism Alexandra WarwickReview | RP185David McNally, Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism, Historical Materialism and Haymarket Books, Chic ...

Competition:Nelson Mandela Memorial Design Competition

Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park and Chapel of the Chimes, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Oakland chapter of the NAACP are pleased to announce a contest to design a permanent memorial honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The monument will be constructed of granite, ...

Bjarke Ingels’ NYC blitz

The Danish architectural wunderkind already has four projects underway and is angling for moreFrom left: Bjarke Ingels and a rendering of the pyramid building on West 57th StreetWhat if power-broker Robert Moses and urban activist Jane Jacobs had a love child? What if they could have come together t ...

The Story on Urban Newsrooms Is Still Looking for Its Hero

Micro-scale online newsrooms are our new city watchdogs. Can we keep them alive? More than a decade after traditional news outlets began their collapse, and five years into a national experiment in small-scale community journalism, the question remains: Can we find a way to support the media organiz ...

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