“The architectural world seems to be responding to Charlottesville with deafening silence”

When Neo-Nazis are marching in the streets, architects need to to step up and confront the issues surrounding colonial monuments, argues Phineas Harper. Baying Neo-Nazis grasping flaming torches on the steps of the University of Virginia’s Rotunda, designed by president-turned-architect, Thomas Jefferson in the 1820s, was the chilling prelude to the events of Saturday 12

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“Call us dull, call us sellouts, call us gentrifiers – just don’t call us copycats”

Architects shouldn’t be afraid to copy successful ideas like Assemble’s pop-up cinema, says Phineas Harper in his latest Opinion column. Dezeen readers, you have a dark obsession. Not an obsession with chic staircase porn, IKEA hacks or the latest gossip engulfing Bjarke Ingels, something more insidious. It is an obsession that clogs the comments section of this

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“To confront populism, all architects should become classicists”

If today’s architects abandoned their modern vocabulary in favour of populist traditional or classical styles, they could achieve more progressive social goals, says Phineas Harper in his latest Opinion column. As surprise election fever grips the UK, buried on YouTube you can find an obscure promotional film for the only British political party with an

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“Why do architects dictate children’s play so stringently?”

We need to stop concentrating our energies on hazard-proofing playgrounds, and worry instead about how our buildings and environments could be better suited to children, says Phineas Harper in this Opinion column. How often have you seen a child scolded for attempting to climb up the ramp of a playground slide, rather than descending demurely down it? Take

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“Poverty should never be an Instagram filter”

Iwan Baan’s arresting images of the Kenyan school built by architect duo Selgascano are a typical example of the slum porn that has infiltrated western media, argues Phineas Harper in his latest Opinion column. As a racist president settles into a newly gold-curtained Oval Office and a wave of xenophobia sweeps Europe, dramatic racial inequality has

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“It is time to stop listening to Patrik Schumacher”

Patrik Schumacher’s vision for a deregulated and privatised city is nothing more than a rehash of failed establishment ideas, and we shouldn’t pay any attention, argues Phineas Harper in his latest Opinion column. How exhilarating, an architect’s lecture has made the mainstream news. Not only has the speech been picked up by the London Evening Standard, but it made

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“Something is rotten when my trainers are more customised than my funeral”

Death urgently needs a redesign, says Phineas Harper in his latest Opinion column. What can architecture possibly do to confront the terrifying enormity of death? The pseudo-Christian customs that constitute most funereal rituals in the West feel stale and emaciated. Off-the-shelf ceremonies are peddled by an industry at best unable to console, and at worst exploitative

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“The housing crisis isn’t a crisis, it’s a design project”

Opinion: the UK’s housing crisis is no accident, but has been carefully orchestrated to become a catch-all excuse for self-serving projects, argues Phineas Harper in his first Opinion column for Dezeen. The housing crisis isn’t a crisis. Calling it one inhibits effective action and plays into the hands of its creators. To respond strategically to the crippling British homes More

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“Cerebral, self-absorbed, tepid, dull and decorous”

Opinion: “intellectual vapidity and weasel-minded corporate ambition” are sucking the life out of architectural criticism. But there is still hope, says Catherine Slessor. We’re all familiar with panel debates. Political ones, such as the UK’s weekly televisual Question Time, are supposed to be the acme of swashbuckling intensity, but in practice are never especially edifying. More

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