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About herbertwright

I am a London-based writer interested in art, architecture, the future and more. I am the author of three non-fiction books. Published articles online appear on

Not Being There… Venice and the Architecture Biennale

by Herbert Wright If you were at the Venice Architecture Biennale opening, you may have found me there, but only if you had a QR reader. My voice speaks from a Kowloon neighbourhood in a film at the Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Architecture Critic

by Herbert Wright In 2018, architectural writing, mainly for Blueprint magazine, took me to 10 countries beyond the UK. In 2019, the same again. I sometimes reached Paris or Berlin by rail or bus, but usually the trips were by … Continue reading

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City of the Singularity part 3: Hello, Bomb?

The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged us into scenes that feel like science fiction films. Downtown streets are eerily deserted, shop staff look at us through shiny face visors, we watch vehicles spraying disinfectant across cities on the other side of … Continue reading

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A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

By Herbert Wright A week before Christmas 2019, I met the great architect Renzo Piano in his offices near Genoa. We talked about the new bridge over the Polcevera river that he had designed to replace the Morandi Bridge, which fatally … Continue reading

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City of the Singularity, part 2: Missions Too Important to Jeopardise

A city run by a superintelligent system would be shaped by the mission the machine intelligence sets for itself. What mission would be best for its citizens? Continue reading

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The City of the Singularity Part 1: You See Us

What if machine intelligence was in complete control of the city and its citizens? Continue reading

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Book review: Melancholy and Architecture

  Melancholy and Architecture: On Aldo Rossi, by Diogo Seixas Lopes, Park Books Review by Herbert Wright  (originally published in Blueprint magazine July 2015)     They look rather like scenes painted by de Chirico, but they are not. One … Continue reading

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A spotlight on Shenzhen’s Urban Villages… and the future of cities

Shenzhen seems to be the ultra-modern super-scaled metropolis, but it also presents a very different urbanist model, one hidden in its urban villages. Continue reading

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Our Proposal to Curate the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019: NO WAY BACK from the FUBuLoUS Team

In October 2017, I led a team to respond to an Open Call for Curator of Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) 2019. We called ourselves FUBuLoUS and our proposal was titled NO WAY BACK. OAT received 71 curatorial proposals from across … Continue reading

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I was a Juror at SCI-Arc’s Graduate Thesis Weekend

There seems to be something about the name SCI-Arc that invites wordplays. Maybe it implies reaching out into the blue like a ‘sky-arc’, or a vessel for minds that is floating into the unknown like a ‘psy-ark’. And is it … Continue reading

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