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Blueprint 278 If you think things are bad for architects in London, spare a thought for their Roman counterparts. With a recent political seachange exacerbating an already corrupt and bureaucratic environment, it has become nigh-on impossible for young architects to build. Zaha Hadid’s nearly completed Maxxi is the exception to the rule. However this obstructive condition has produced some interesting results as architectural practices find new ways of relating to their city. Peter Kelly interviews some of the best young architects, and we invite guest essays from Roman critics celebrating the success stories.Back in the UK, Tim Abrahams examines the psychogeographic tradition in ‘Chronicles of the City’, focussing on the ambitious development programme initiated by London’s Olympic Park, and the changing landscape around it. Originally a method of urban critical theory, psychogeography often weaves fact with fiction to speculate on the impact of the physical environment on the behaviour and emotions of individuals. Abrahams asks what influence this practice might have on planning the cities of the future.Elsewhere, keeping with the Italian theme, Vicky Richardson interviews a Milanese architect working away from home – the widely respected Claudio Silvestrin, whose studio in a scruffy part of Hackney has a rather high-profile output; Gian Luca Amadei visits the Molteni headquarters for the first in a new series presenting the most important patrons and manufacturers of design; we preview the highlights of Zona Tortona, the hotbed for new designers during Milan’s Salone del Mobile; Peter Kelly visits York to see how Rivington Street Studio’s new academic building blends into its context; Caroline Roux sends A Letter From Hyderabad; and much much more…


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