Buildings are not inherently political. The built environment is no more than reified architectural plans, yet we all recognise that buildings are so much more than their physical forms. Architecture is intrinsically social and politicised. How can buildings and architects incorporate this into their fabric?
Foster & Partner's Quartermile Development in Edinburgh is a prime example of a modern redevelopment project, with aspirations to elevate and repopulate an underused area of the city centre. Yet it also reflects a worrying trend in modern architectural design; the conflict between visual representations of architectural ideas and the built reality. Why do architects choose to lie to themselves?
Crumble has chosen three major themes explored in our upcoming issue 'Conflict//Resolution' for the Crumble Magazine Project. Our editors have provided small summaries and explorations of these three ideas, 'education', 'migration' and 'revolution'. How does architecture influence these themes in the 21st century?
In the wake of tragic vehicle-borne attacks in Nice and London, cities across the world are rushing to implement measures to protect their citizens. But these barriers risk turning historic cities into fear-inducing battlegrounds - is there a better way for architecture to protect us against terrorism?