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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 www.herbertwright.co.uk.

New Solidifications of Collective Memory in the City

A concrete sandwich lies deep in a chasm between London skyscrapers. An angry Bristol crowd drag a statue through the streets. De Chirico seems to have left something at Cambridge station. The life of sculpture in public space… by Herbert … Continue reading

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Elizabeth’s fantastic architectural voyage

From Malawi to Montreal, and from cosmic domes to buried passages of light, architecture proclaims her name. The woman is not an architect, but she’s had the same job for 70 years. This is the architectural voyage of the most … Continue reading

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Big Digital Boxes Emerge from Hiding

The most important new architectural typology, without which our civilisation would collapse, is the data centre. In the grotto-like Zaha Hadid-designed Roca Gallery in West London, an exhibition entitled ‘Power House: The Architecture of Data Centres’ explores the subject. Its … Continue reading

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Manchester’s Urbanism: from Valette to Vertical City with Visions for the Future

Manchester loves a great French Impressionist painter who is strangely obscure in France. The search results for ‘Adolphe Valette’ in the French language Wikipedia rank his modest entry just above a re-direct to Adolph Hitler. Born in Saint Étienne, Valette … Continue reading

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Heaven or Hell?

The Metaverse, NFTs, Crypto-architecture, Fantasy Architecture and a word about the Real World at COP26… by Herbert Wright Big news is coming in for humanity. From Glasgow, the COP26 climate change meeting of world governments will decide if we give … Continue reading

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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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