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

The West Is Ruining Democracy

What’s Behind the Worldwide Decline of Democracy? An Interview with Brian Klass For VICE

November 28th 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

How Salaries Became Everybody's Business

Could wage transparency help close the gender pay gap? At VICE (photo source)

September 24, 2016

Who Are the Green Brigade, the Celtic Fans Raising Money for Palestine?

From chatting in pubs to pissing off UEFA and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds. Feature for VICE.

August 24, 2016

Roland Duchatelet's Charlton are a club in crisis

Wrote this for the Mirror about the Belgium microelectronics millionaire trying to destroy my football club.

August 20, 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

This Syrian Architect Stayed Behind to Rebuild Her War-Torn City

An interview with Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni about war, architecture and rebuilding her home city of Homs. For VICE (Photo source)

May 11, 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

Poppy Wars: The Battle for the Meaning of Remembrance.

The story behind the poppy. For VICE.

November 11, 2015

The Dark Truth Behind Tel Aviv's 'White City' Story

Exploring the architectural myths of Tel Aviv’s “White City” with Israeli dissident Sharon Rotbard. For VICE.

Jun 29 2015

Landscapes of Communism

What would our cities look like without property developers? An interview for VICE with Owen Hatherley on his new book Landscapes of Communism.

Jun 4 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

The Holocaust's lessons remain deeply contested

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a few thoughts for Open Democracy on Poland, Israel and remembering the Shoah.

January 27 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

Shlomo Sand Is Not Jewish Any More

Interviewed Shlomo Sand for VICE UK on why he’s stopped being a Jew.

Nov 10 2014

Hanging Out with Sleaford Mods in Brighton

I hung out with the band in Brighton for Noisey and talked about the rotting end of Britain.

Oct 29 2014

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

From anodyne shopping malls to flyovers and sidewalks today’s urban environment exudes what Marc Auge has called “non-place”. How has this happened and what can be done? For the LEAF Architecture Review

October 22, 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