Exploring the Architecture of Subterranean Spaces
Rapid urbanisation and increasingly extreme weather conditions are leading to a remarkable increase in the extension of our cities underground. But can they offer truly sustainable solutions for high-density urban living and can they satisfy our need for natural air and light? For the LEAF Architecture Review
December 16, 2016
An Interview With India's Most Wanted Cartoonist
Aseem Trivedi faced a lifelong prison sentence for his drawings slamming corruption in his country. We spoke to him about the power cartoonists can yield, and why governments are trying harder and harder to silence them. For VICE.
November 24, 2016
How Hungary's Anti-Semitic Far-Right Poster Boy Found Out He Was a Jew
In 2006, Csanád Szegedi was Vice President of the country's virulently anti-semitic Jobbik Party. Then, his career came tumbling down after it emerged that his family had survived Auschwitz and Nazi labour camps. For VICE.
November 17, 2016
Why We Need to Rid Football of Commercialism
Joe Kennedy, author of 'Games Without Frontiers', argues that overpriced tickets and obsessing over stats has distracted us from football's true meaning. For VICE
September 29, 2016
Three Lions, Fat Les and the Far Right: How the England Team Affects National Identity
Three Lions, Fat Les and the Far Right: How the England Team Affects National Identity. A piece for VICE as violence flares in Marseille.
June 16, 2016
'Let the people build' - Crowd-Funding Architecture
Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular way of financing major urban projects. But is it an equitable way of building a city? And does it undermine the state’s role in the built environment? My report for the LEAF Architecture Review
December 18, 2015
Netanyahu Fails To Win Over Israel’s Struggling Voters
With Netanyahu falling in the polls, here’s a report I put together from the margins of Tel Aviv on the economic and social issues he chooses to ignore. Published at Muftah
March 16, 2015
Anti-fascists vs the Front National
A dispatch from Oxford where students and anti-fascists tried to stop Marine Le Pen from speaking at the Union. Published at VICE. (Photo: Chris Bethell)
Feb 6 2015
Is there still a place for architecture's avant-garde?
At this year’s Venice Biennale, French architect François Roche accused curator Rem Koolhaas of marketing the radical and trading in “fake activism”. But how political and idealistic can big-name architects afford to be in today’s global marketplace? Is there still a role for the avant-garde? And are we seeing new forms and exponents of radicalism emerging in the architectural milieu? For LEAF Architecture Review
Meeting Architecture's "Biggest Pranksters"
After 23 years as UK architecture’s biggest iconoclasts, Fashion Architecture Taste is throwing in the towel. I spoke to the directors about the broadsides, the buildings and bowing out on their own terms. For the LEAF Architecture Review here.
May edition, 2014
An Interview with Charles Correa: "India's Greatest Architect"
Activist, urbanist and theoretician, few modern architects can rival the breadth of Charles Correa’s work and commitment to the realities of developing countries. I spoke to him about housing the poor and finding solutions to India’s urban crisis. For the LEAF Architecture Review.
January 2, 2014
Urban paradox: India’s changing cityscape
By 2030, it is estimated that 600 million people will be living in India’s cities. As the country undergoes unprecedented urban expansion. I explored the social implications of urbanisation and the new forms of architectural production that are emerging. For the LEAF Architecture Review.
May 29, 2013
After three years of heated debate between business leaders, politicians and the general public, Aberdeen council has finally shelved plans to redevelop the historic Union Terrace Gardens. But why was the project so controversial? For Design and Build.
September 21, 2012