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On Bad Mayors and Good Cities

The real problem with Toronto mayor Rob Ford isn’t that he’s a venal, possibly crack-smoking bully; it’s that he’s not the kind of venal, possibly crack-smoking bully who makes his city better

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Francis Fukuyama’s infinite regression

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On the limits of design fetishism

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How architecture went from radical to chic

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Searching for the future of architecture in Shanghai

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What distinguishes art from everything else?

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Politics as lifestyle accessory

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Walter Benjamin, the connoisseur of everyday life

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A fashionable theory takes the self out of consciousness

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