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Robin Hood Gardens

One of the more controversial displays at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture was V&A Museum's decision to display a salvaged piece of the facade of the Robin Hood Gardens estate, rescued from demolition that started earlier in the year. UK-based architecture writer Owen Hatherley recounts the history of the building and the battle for its preservation. Is there a better way to engage with the historical legacy of public housing?

Architecture and Appropriation

Cultural appropriation is an uneasy topic in architecture, but a new generation of young design practitioners is ready to change the paradigm. Louis Mokak, director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV), questions Australia's colonial heritage - both in thought and practice.

What Does it Take to Unbuild a Wall?

At the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, no less than three national pavilions examine the walls around nation-states. How complicit is architecture in separating us from each other? Our resident wall critic Amelyn Ng reflects on the architecture of isolationism, and the geopolitics of walls.

Venice 2018: De-obfuscating Architecture’s Mandate

The 16th Venice Architectural Biennale put generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity on top of architecture's to-do list. AP editor Jana Perković and regular contributor Amelyn Ng were there to take stock of the responses – from the most grandiose nation-affirming pavilions to the most humble off-program.

Radical Families

"When ‘family’ is unshackled from ‘nature’ and ‘biology’, and hitched instead to ‘choice’ or ‘artifice’ or even just to ‘love’, then the possibilities are endless.” Naomi Stead considers what is radical, what is family and questions how the limited stock of conventional family housing can serve, and impact, the potentially limitless arrangements of radical families.

Entertaining Borders

The business of building Walls is booming. Amelyn Ng looks at a recent architectural exhibition on 'Trump walls' in New York's Center for Architecture and asks: what makes a wall a political technology of separation?

What would Boyd do, indeed?

Jil Raleigh of BKK Architects reflects on “What would Boyd do? Small Homes Service for today”, a conversation hosted by Rory Hyde and Philip Goad on Sunday 15 October, 2017 at MPavilion.