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Essays and videos on the arts, literature, travel, rituals and celebrations
Nubia Way | Aeon
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Cities

Inside the unique London community built by residents to defy housing discrimination

21 minutes

James Wines: nature’s revenge | Aeon
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Architecture

Why a sculptor pivoted from gallery installations to big-box stores design

9 minutes

Weaving a bamboo house | Aeon
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Architecture

How the Dorze in Ethiopia make ‘beehive’ houses from bamboo that last a lifetime

35 minutes

Being in a building | Aeon
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Being in a building

One of the great buildings of the Renaissance reminds us that buildings are made to be explored, smelled and even tasted

David Karmon

Heritage at sea | Aeon
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Heritage at sea

Must we simply accept the loss of beloved buildings and cities to the floods and rising seas of the climate crisis?

Thijs Weststeijn

Acoustic naturalism | Aeon
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Acoustic naturalism

Our movies and offices are engineered to sound natural based on what rang false in the theatres of 18th-century Paris

Joseph L Clarke

Serial parallels | Aeon
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Architecture

A whirlwind tour of Hong Kong’s high-rises is an awesome meditation on urbanity

9 minutes

Nomadic architecture: the Nenets chum | Aeon
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Architecture

Cultural wisdom begets cozy temporary homes for the Nenets of the Siberian Arctic

32 minutes

Last acre | Aeon
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Architecture

A world of shacks and shanties is a place of makeshift beauty on England’s margins

12 minutes

Stone cut | Aeon
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Architecture

Surreal, audacious, unfinished – the Sagrada Família remains a divine work in progress

6 minutes

The city is a lie | Aeon
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Cities

The city is a lie

From Ancient Egypt’s deltas to Edinburgh’s crags and peaks, the city pushes back against the dream of human separateness

Sam Grinsell

Barbican, 1969 | Aeon
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Cities

How the Barbican brought back living into the working heart of London

22 minutes

House: after five years of living | Aeon
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Architecture

The best home is a joyfully inhabited one – doubly so if its residents are design legends

11 minutes

3D-printing coral reefs | Aeon
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Future of technology

Ceramic coral reefs and sawdust houses – the architects 3D-printing the future from scratch

4 minutes

Constructing the Chrysler Building (1929-30) | Aeon
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Work

‘Quite a height, ah?’ A tour of the Chrysler Building by those building it

6 minutes

City on mute | Aeon
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Cities

City on mute

When you stare at your phone or use Uber to navigate your neighbourhood, you flatten the rich texture of urban life

Kathleen Vandenberg

Prison, spectacle, refuge | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Prison, spectacle, refuge

Modern zoos are proud of their contribution to animal conservation but will always be haunted by their histories

Nigel T Rothfels

Toute la mémoire du monde | Aeon
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Knowledge

A bibliophile’s paradise: the National Library of France in a classic documentary from 1956

21 minutes

The universal design ideal | Aeon
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Design and fashion

The universal design ideal

At every turn, the design of our environments either creates barriers or opens doors. Let’s design a more humane world

Anna Leahy

Earthrise | Aeon
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Astronomy

How an unplanned picture from Apollo 8 altered humanity’s perspective of Earth

30 minutes

Downside up | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

Other worlds pop in and out of view when the perspective shifts by degrees

4 minutes

Archive | Aeon
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Architecture

Tensions between architectural preservation and urban renewal collide at a demolition site

2 minutes

Underground circuit | Aeon
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Cities

The urban commute reimagined as a rhythmic subterranean ritual

3 minutes

Mexican handcraft masters: stonemasonry | Aeon
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History of technology

How keeping a craft tradition alive can bring a 500-year-old city into the future

5 minutes