In architecture, there is an obsession with a building’s official completion, while its actual lifespan is often left out of the picture.

What If Architects Would Embrace, Rather Than Ignore, a Building’s Future?

Featured article by René Boer
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Ballard’s late-career novel, Super-Cannes, sketches a map for what lies beneath privatized urban spaces in London and beyond.

How J.G. Ballard’s Science Fiction Tells the Future of Our Privatized Cities

Featured article by Hettie O'Brien
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Ten years since The Wire's final episode aired, one scene continues to resonate for its remarkably precise depiction of the politics of social housing.

Memories, Steel and Concrete: The Wire’s Season 3 Opener

Featured article by Charlie Clemoes
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While the phenomenon of the shopping mall has been declared dead over the past decade or so, its potentially toxic spirit lives on in the increasing commercialisation of privately owned public space.

Mallification: The Vengeful Return of the Mall in the 21st Century

Featured article by Janno Martens
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We spoke to musician and visual artist Gaika about the ownership of clubbing spaces, 'sambo shows', and the spatial dynamics of London's built environment.

Talking Clubbing, Space and London with Gaika

Featured article by Charlie Clemoes
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Now available! Your boutique luxury condo awaits, bursting with amenities, in rough-edged Brooklyn’s bodacious new developments.

Photo Essay: Brooklyn’s New Everyday Architecture for the 1%

Featured article by Jeff Byles and Cameron Blaylock
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Art director Vera van de Sandt and photographer Jur Oster captured Brazil’s pay-per-hour sex accommodations before they were transformed into non-descript hotels for the 2016 Olympics.

Photo Essay: The Fading Glory of Brazil’s Disappearing Love Motels

Featured article by Mark Minkjan
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An interview about celebrating otherness, alternatives to scripted cities and the promise of monsters, with Failed Architecture intern Sanne Kanters.

Spaces of Otherness: Ruins Through a Feminist Lens

Featured article by Mark Minkjan
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Space Battle

Because each spatial intervention is the direct result of an ideology, architecture is complicit in materialising political, economical and financial power structures. Vernacular architecture can be a counterweight.

Myths of Modernism

Modernism promised the future but has now shifted to the past. FA assesses both the optimistic and pessimistic Myths of Modernism and their corresponding realities, which are not always in sync.

Ruin & Dystopia

Urban decay and dystopian worlds are not merely a blogger's fetish. They can help to clarify a city’s historical layers, societal dynamics and imaginations of the future.

Future Failure

Current developments in architecture influence the future make-up of our world.

Architected Stuff

The architectural culture suffers from vanity and the mass-production of meaningless viral eye-candy. Like Kanye says: 'everything needs to be architected'.
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