SAVE THE DATE! 24 June 2019

Francine Houben:

Designing for Culture

I'm in conversation with Francine Houben at the V&A Museum London, discussing cultural venues her practice Mecanoo have designed around the world - including Taiwan's vast National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Part of the London Festival of Architecture program 

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Summer 2019 Project - feedback welcome! 

I'm re-publishing the link to my talk 'Post-digital Psychogeography'*, given at Element Urban Talks in Krakow last December: 

Why am I doing this now?

With specific objectives in mind, I am now developing some of the thoughts I presented. One particular focus is The Singularity's potential impact on urbanism. I am therefore interested in any comments, suggestions -- and any potential opportunities to present an updated talk.

 You can email me

*The Krakow talk was very much a first draft of a work in progress - and I recognise shortcomings in its original presentation!   



March 2019

Now online: 

A Vibrant Hong Kong Arrival

West Kowloon Station by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

designcurial March 2019


Challenging Traditional Teaching

The University Is Now On Air is about the Open University/BBC's 1975 architecture course. There's a lot to lean from it in 2019.

designcurial March 2019


A Small Palace in Lisbon

A classy refurb and extension by Barbos Lopes Arquitectos

Blueprint/designcurial Jan/March 2019



January 2019

I spent a few days in Manchester and was blown away by the energy and transformations in that marvelous city! A survey of the residential boom will be published in summer.


Save the Date!

5pm, Saturday 26th January 2019

I will be chairing Architectural Scale: Physical and Virtual Resolution in the Post-digital Image at Anise Gallery 13 Shad Thames London SE1 2PU. The panel comes from digital artists (ab)normal, architects D*Haus and architectural renderers VR studio AVR... We promise to stimulate! 


Helsinki Midnight Blue- a short story 

posted December 2018



Save the Date and go to Poland...

I'm giving a talk!

Post-Digital Psychogeography

from Paris to Shenzhen

 from Debord to the Digital Matrix

 from the Streets to the Singularity

Can the Situationists Save the City… and the Human Race?

Saturday 1st December 2018

part of the Element Urban Talks conference



October 2018

I've been in Kaohsiung in Taiwan, where I visited the Mecanoo-designed Weiwuying Center for the Arts, then I went on to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. More updates to follow, but in the meantime check out some instagrams!


courtesy Ken Schluctmann/Nordic Embassies Berlin

4th October 2018, Berlin

It was an honour to moderate and interview photographer Ken Schluchtmann at his exhibition Architecture and Landscape in Norway, at the Nordic Embassies, Berlin! We had a packed house and most of all, Ken's photos are simply sublime... if in Berlin, see the show!



July 2018

The new Blueprint 359 includes my feature on Ingenhoven's Marina One, Singapore + review of London Festival of Architecture and....

Venice Architecture Biennale - (almost) the Whole Thing. With Francesca Perry, Ruth Lang and Johnnny Tucker, Blueprint tries to digest this impossible offering. 5 pages online. I'm left with 'an underlying anxiety that the poetry of architecture cannot be oblivious to the problems of the real world'


May 2018

Dreams of Nature and Concrete: Studio Drift at the Stedelijk - What do those floating concrete blocks mean? And much else from Studio Drift's Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta

profile in Elephant May 2018

interview in CoBo Social June 2018


The new Blueprint 358 includes my cover story about Elizabeth de Portzamparc's Musée de la Romanité in Nimes

+ CentrePoint appartments

+ review: Superstructures exhibition about High-Tech architecture at Sainsbury Centre, Norwich



March/April 2018

I have been in Singapore and I will report on Marina One by architects Ingenhoven and landscapers Gustaf Porter + Bowman!


My interviews with Bjarke Ingels of BIG, Grand Paris Aménagement and Benoit Chang CEO of developers EuropaCity, about the planned €2 billion green leisure neighbourhood, are published in a special issue of l'Architecture d'Aujoud'hui 


The new Blueprint 357 includes many of my articles including:

Billion Dollar Cube- Trump tweeted that he'd steer clear of the new US Embassy in London, by Kieran Timberlake - but I checked the $1B outpost out



Jan/February 2018

Design Society - Views from the Top

An interview with Ole Bouman, director of Shenzhen's cool new museum/institution that's out to set China's design agenda

CoBo Social


A spotlight on Shenzhen's Urban Villages - and the future of cities

Unexpected lessons from UABB 2017 and the miraculous not-so-instant megacity


... and see article below...

Talking of Shenzhen's Urban Villages- interview with Meng Yan of Urbanus, co-curator of UABB Shenzhen 2017, about the hidden wonders of the Urban Village

CoBo Social 

Note: a full review of UABB SZ will appear in Blueprint magazine in March, and an essay on Shenzhen's urban villages will be published shortly 


Andreas Gursky- Getting the Big Picture

An epic retrospective of photographer Andreas Gursky at the re-opened Hayward

FAD magazine 


Blueprint 356 (Feb 2018) now published - my articles includes my look at Foster's new Bronzed and Breathing Bloomberg HQ, London + a house in Portugal by Miguel Arrudas




December 2017

No Way Back artwork © Christopher Rainbow 2017

We weren't selected to curate Oslo Architectural Triennale 2019, but the proposal from me and my 'FUBuLoUS' team was in the final 5 from 71 entries! 

We now REVEAL our curatorial proposal for OAT 2019... titled 'NO WAY BACK


The Christmas podcast of Nibble Night by CAMP features Christmas diaries of the famous, from Andy Warhol to Che Guevara - females read by Melanie Coles, males by me!






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