Architecture Archive

Apr
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December 1994

The Art of Amistics

Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag paints images of suburban Sweden in the 1980s transformed by some unexplained technological breakthrough.

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Apr
21
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View of the streets below the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka.

Osaka and the Dekasegi

While wandering Osaka looking for the famous Umeda Sky building in Osaka I met my first talkative local.

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Apr
12
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Vegetables growing under halogen lamps in Pasona 02

Pasona 02, Tokyo

Right in the center of the biggest city in the world an experiment in agriculture is being conducted.

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Mar
20
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Skytree is hundreds of meters higher than any other building in metro Tokyo. the contrast is especially apparent in Sumida which is made up of mostly low-rise apartments.  The tower has an immense presence at ground level that's hard to convey in photographs.

Tokyo’s Indestructible Skytree

2015 led me back to Tokyo. This time I spent most of my time in the district of Sumida in Tokyo’s Northeast.
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Mar
20
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The Nagakin Capsule Tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa

Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo

The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo is a run-down testament to the ambition of some of Japan’s most celebrated post-war architects.

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Mar
12
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Joestu tetrapods

The Dogs and Demons of Joetsu

The small coastal city of Joetsu on Japan’s north coast highlights some of the problems facing modern Japan.

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Feb
25
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Arashiyama-Sagano district in Western Kyoto.  The parks and bamboo forest were set aside in the 14th century by the then shogun, Ashikaga Takauji, in a gesture of mourning for the Emperor.

Kyoto, Japan’s Spiritual Capital

The old capital of Kyoto is home to about 1600 temples and countless smaller shrines.
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Sep
12
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Tiered reading room in the National Library of China in Beijing.

China’s Firewall and the Siku Quanshu

The National Library of China holds an artifact that represents what must be the most ambitious attempt to control information in history.

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Aug
12
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Workers outside a department store in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Chengdu & the Chinese Dream

The entry point for my brief tour of China was the southern Province of Sichuan-famed for its incredibly spicy food and baffling theatrical performances.  I flew into the capital Chengdu at the start of October and explored the city between bouts of rain before venturing out into the nearby mountains.

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Nov
08
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A view from Uçhisar castle.

Byzantine Bunkers

Across Europe and Russia you can find the remains of bunkers and air-raid shelters- a legacy of the Second World War and the Cold War that followed. In Cappadocia, in central Turkey, you can find much older and much more extensive underground shelters.

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Nov
04
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Frescoes on the ceiling of a cave church in Göreme, Cappadocia.

Iconoclasm & the Burger King

In the valleys of Cappadocia are hundreds of cave churches from the early years of Christianity.  
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Oct
31
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A panorama of the cliffs over Çavuşin in Cappadocia

The Refugees of Çavuşin

On a cliff overlooking the small town of Cavusin a Turkish flag flies amidst the ruins of a village.

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Oct
03
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Ottoman troops broke through Constantinople's Theodosian wall and sacked the city on the 29th of May 1453.  Illustration by Jose Daniel Cabrera Peña.

Part 1: The Fall of Constantinople

In the mountains around Trabzon you can find fragments of an empire that traces its origins back to ancient Rome.
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Sep
30
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Golden Horn ferry

Istanbul

Photos of the streets and waterways around the old Turkish capital.

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May
13
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Sprinklerstation at the Internationales Congress Centrum in Berlin. the ICC opened in 1979 and was designed by architects  Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte.

ICC Berlin

Some images of Berlin’s International Congress Centre designed by Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte in 1979.

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May
13
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Spreepark Cat

Spreepark, Berlin

A series of images of the abandoned East German ‘Spreepark’ taken in May this year.

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May
11
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View of Teufelsberg

Teufelsberg, Berlin

There’s something grimly poetic about Teufelsberg- the Devil’s Mountain.

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May
06
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Pergamon altar frieze

Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Some images of Berlin’s controversial museum of near-eastern antiquities including the massive Pergamon Altar.

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Apr
30
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Olympiastadion

Olympiastadion, Berlin

Photos taken at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium- site of the infamous Nazi games of 1936.

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Apr
28
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Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Memorials of Berlin

No other place is so heavily freighted with history than the city of Berlin.

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