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Music reveals how city users have their own ways of exploring it

The fertile combination of city and sound has never been properly explored, but architects could learn much from it, says Owen Hatherley

No 1 Poultry (taken in 2008)

No1 Poultry may be ugly but it should still be listed

Ugly as it is in many respects, Stirling’s strange, obsessively detailed Number One Poultry nevertheless deserves a listing, says Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley

What happened to the social conscience of architecture?

Ten houses in Toxteth show how architects can go beyond ‘serving the rich’, do their duty on dereliction and help wider society, says Owen Hatherley


Don't repeat the mistakes of the past at Thamesmead

Peabody has the opportunity to remedy a pitiful mess at its development in?Thamesmead but will it take it? asked militant modernist Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley

Train station seediness has been replaced by stark similarities

The areas around stations in London and Berlin are united by a new International Style of bland architecture, says Owen Hatherley

Paolizzi artwork at Pimlico Underground Station

Crossrail's designs are cheap, cheerless and potentially vandalous

Paolozzi’s murals may be threatened, but the real outrage is the architecture of the Crossrail stations, says Owen Hatherley

Las Vegas

Hatherley: 'What happened in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas'

Let’s stop ‘learning from’ and start ‘working with’, says Owen Hatherley

High Line New York

There's no wonder every city wants a High Line

New York’s elegant and subtle High Line is a machine for generating property speculation, says Owen Hatherley

Kiev cinema arson attack reveals a role for architectural preservation in Ukraine’s unrest

Communist-era cinemas were often housed in the most important buildings, usually given unique designs, writes Owen Hatherley


The Brutalism vogue ignores the movement’s ethical aspect

Brutalism’s revival is happening when its social ideas are more needed than ever, says Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley

A critic has the right to unfairness in order to force through much-needed change

Filler’s critiques are particularly good at solidifying something you may have been thinking but couldn’t put into words, says Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley

We are building cities based on exclusivity, distinction and snobbery

The social segregation of 19th century housing is used as a template by today’s architects, says Owen Hatherley