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Shukhov’s tower

It watched over the revolutionary turmoil of 1920s Russia, the dictatorship of Stalin, the Nazi advance to the borders of the Moscow, the long years of Soviet decline and eventual collapse, and the rise of a new Russian autocracy under Vladimir Putin. Read more →

On Brutalism

As every designer knows, design is not art. Designers don't create for the sake of creating: they seek to solve communications problems for their clients, drawing upon a toolkit of proven, sober, hard-won design methodologies and techniques. Read more →

Barbican ghosts

During my visit to London last week I finally summoned the discipline to visit a place that has long haunted my imagination: the Barbican Estate in the Cripplegate area of the City of London. Read more →

Southbank evenings

A visit to London last week allowed me to spend time at one of my favourite places anywhere, the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre complex, beside the London Eye, across the river from the Houses of Parliament. Read more →

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