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Justin McGuirk

Justin McGuirk is a writer and curator and has worked as the Guardian’s design columnist and editor of Icon magazine. He is also the director of Strelka Press and his writing has appeared in ObserverTimesDomusArt Review and many other publications. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban-Think Tank. He is the incoming Chief Curator of the Design Museum in London.

Blog

  • Future Cities


    I am kind of fascinated by Chinese 'ghost cities'. Satellte images show whole towns with no cars on the road. The most famous, Ordos, even has an avant-garde art museum -- which is empty. (Its the blobby thing, bottom left) This report from a few years ago claims there are 64 million vacant homes in China. 

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  • Justin McGuirk interviewed on This is Hell!


    "What we're seing at the moment is a return to architecture as a social pursuit," Justin McGuirk said in conversation with Chuck Mertz, the host of WNUR's weekly This is Hell! McGuirk, the author of Radical Cities, talked to Mertz about how architects and urban planners in Latin America have responded to the decades-in-the-making explosion of slums by integrating them into the fabric of cities. 

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  • Radical Cities in Latin America

     

    On June 27th, 2014, writer and curator Justin McGuirk, author of Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture, presented his ideas on radical Latin American city-building in the Serptentine Pavilion 2014, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić.

    Justin McGuirk is a writer, critic and curator based in London. He is the director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute in Moscow. He has been the design critic of the Guardian, the editor of Icon magazine and the design consultant to Domus. In 2012 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture for an exhibition he curated with Urban Think Tank.

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Books

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    Radical Cities

    “An intriguing picture of an activist urbanism and architecture that has made a real difference.” – Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times

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