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Martin Pawley's stories

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  • New gangs of New YorkSubscription

    Archive12 May, 2005

    review - Sixteen Acres: The Rebuilding of the World Trade Center Site By Philip Nobel. Granta, 2005. 280pp £17.99

  • Where huge numbers of anything are concerned, money will followSubscription

    Archive14 April, 2005

    Sixty-five years ago, when this dear island of ours was in even greater danger from continental Europe than some think it is today, with German tanks already lining the cliff tops of northern France and the French government in flight from Paris and drafting surrender documents, the British prime minister devised a mammoth gesture intended to keep France in the war at all cost.

  • Bustling tourists mask the flight of commerce from Canary WharfSubscription

    Archive31 March, 2005

    News that the Millennium Dome could be turned into a gigantic advertising hoarding seems likely to reignite the 10-year-old debate about the scale of new additions to the London skyline - or it would if anyone still cared.

  • Read all about it: headlines reveal random glories of the millenniumSubscription

    Archive24 March, 2005

    Hashing and rehashing the trends and crazes of the 21st century from the vantage point of its first five years has become the art of the commentator.

  • Historical alchemy offers a route to solving tomorrow's problemsSubscription

    Archive17 March, 2005

    As a student of history I have always been fascinated by my own period - by the events that took place around the year of my birth, 1938. This was a dramatic year, whose political matrix remains the subject of heated debate among historians to this day. In Europe it takes in the reunification of Germany and Austria and Neville Chamberlain's 'Peace in our time' deal with Hitler over the breakup of Czechoslovakia. These consequences of the Treaty of Versailles either came to a head in ...

  • Travelling lightSubscription

    Archive17 March, 2005

    review - Jean Prouvé - Complete Works, Volume 3: 1944-1954 By Peter Sulzer. Birkhauser, 2005. 384 pp. £72

  • How the dream of total urbanism is certain to come crashing downSubscription

    Archive10 March, 2005

    There is a pattern to all totalitarianism, whether of the Left or the Right, and you can recognise it immediately. It starts when the same goal is endorsed by everyone. To be topical, let's say it's something called 'total urbanism'. 'What about total overcrowding?' you object. 'Nonsense, ' you are told, 'for that we'll double all densities and forthwith!' Short shrift at the hands of these zealots, then, and the planners are even quicker off the mark , opening the floodgates on every ...

  • While the old move with the times, the young dig in their heelsSubscription

    Archive3 March, 2005

    'The worst thing about the future, ' said a young friend of mine, 'is that it's so boring. It's always on television and, if you miss that, it's in the Sunday newspapers - what's really interesting is the past. The guys just can't get enough of it. Everyone I know is obsessed with shooting radar into the ground to find old tombs, digging up plague pits, reconstructing Roman cities, X-raying skulls, counting teeth?'.

  • Foster's towering achievement that showed Swiss Re the waySubscription

    Archive24 February, 2005

    As we all know, the percentage of schemes that make the leap from drawing board to postal address is pitifully small, but this does not prevent them from acting as catalysts in ways that are as unpredictable as they can be profound. The London Millennium Tower project was a case in point.

  • Home truths: the price of being a nation of property speculatorsSubscription

    Archive17 February, 2005

    Long ago a little-known commentator put his finger on the heart of our housing problem. If we go on like this, he wrote (in the mid-1980s, when by 21st century standards we barely knew what to 'go on like this' meant), houses would end up earning more money than the people living in them.

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