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The relationship between people, home, and place shifts, as landscape, culture, and technology fluctuates. Here, we examine the ebb and flow of people, places, and culture.
The frenetic urban growth of Bangladesh's capital is transforming the lives of its inhabitants. But as Delwar Hussain describes in a rich and humane portrait, the process carries an epic social, environmental and historical cost.
(This article was first published on 21 August 2009)
Cemeteries are at the beginning and end of landscape and architecture. A visit to Stockholm Woodland Cemetery, finds Ken Worpole, impresses for more than its vast scale, or the emotionally rich allusiveness of its shadowy forest interior. It achieves a rare respect for the vulnerability and equity of the human condition.
(This article was first published on 23 January 2003)
Russia has banned the hunting of baby harp seals. The victory follows a personal crusade by International Fund for Animal Welfare's Maria Vorontsova.
Anthony Giddens' new book The Politics of Climate Change manages the politics and ignores the challenge.
Ecuador's new leftist government is considering bestowing legal "rights" upon nature. What would Hannah Arendt think?
The global financial turmoil is opening new fissures in the world's political crust. All the more need to make a cool assessment of the prospects for left and right, say Andrew Dobson & David Hayes.
(This article was first published on 22 October 2008)
Gandhi's vision of a non-violent social order is as inspiring and necessary as ever, says Satish Kumar.
The author of "Waterlog" and the forthcoming "Wildwood" explored the natural landscape in fresh, surprising and influential ways. Ken Worpole pays tribute to Roger Deakin, and introduces his openDemocracy "swimmer's journey" article from July 2001.
John Davies' beautiful panoramic photographs of the British landscape capture an industrial world now lost and a modernity running away from its past, says Ken Worpole.
The London International Festival of Theatre wants your vote in its architecture competition to design the Lift New Parliament, a travelling performance and meeting space preview the designs and cast your vote.
Can architecture be democratic? Jeremy Till warns against empty gestures and sticking handwritten notes on technical drawings, and welcomes Lift's mold-breaking project to design a New Parliament.
Jane Jacobs's book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" changed the way people thought about urban planning, the street and the character of cities. Roger Scruton reflects on the relevance of its message today.
The landscape artist Ian Hamilton Finlay created an extraordinary fusion of sculpture, inscription and philosophy in his Little Sparta garden. Ken Worpole considers a complex figure.
"When we get down to swimming, we get down to democracy." Ken Worpole finds a political challenge in the revival of a public arena where sensuous and spiritual pleasures combine: the lido and open-air swimming pool.
A journey through the coastal landscape of Essex, eastern England, convinces Ken Worpole that human beings in the 21st century must relearn how to live with water.
The battle over fox-hunting in England has led to a crisis of authority in the state itself. Anthony Barnett asks John Jackson, a key figure in the case and chairman of a leading law firm, Mishcon de Reya, to comment on the significance of the latest decision by a high-level panel of judges.
The unchallengeable heart of the case against fox-hunting is that it inflicts cruelty on its quarry, says a prominent figure in Britains animal protection movement.
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