The architect Philip Johnson had some good qualities. He was also talentless, a fascist, and a liar.
Owen Hatherley is the culture editor of Tribune. He is the author of several books, including Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London.
In the late sixties, radical architects expressed their scorn in satirical utopias, where the world’s landmarks and landscapes are eaten up by the power of capital.
When eco-socialism in one city becomes a gated community.
Elite arguments against tower blocks aren’t about safety — they’re about contempt for public housing.
Early Soviet filmmakers took great inspiration from Charlie Chaplin, but his critique of mass production put him at odds with them.
Soviet architecture had diverse and ambitious ideas for transforming the spaces people live, work, and travel in.
We will not go into the socialist city blindly, but with lessons from a century of experiments.
Though easy targets for fiscal hawks, public architecture that’s luxurious and dramatic — even excessive — should be ours as a right.