architecture

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A home for all: Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, New York

For thousands of migrants looking for a job or a new start in life, New York City has always been (and still is) a favoured destination. Many live together in specific neighbourhoods, aiding them in finding work, engaging in social activities and preserving their cultural identity.

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Beautiful & useful: Bauhaus and Walter Gropius

2019 celebrates the centenary of the influential Bauhaus art and design school, founded by architect Walter Gropius in Weimar Germany on April 12th in 1919.

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Love across borders: the architects of the Peace Palace

We have recently begun collecting personal stories from people all across Europe relating to migration. Our new short blog series, Love across borders, is inspired by collections discovered during this project, with stories of romance and love related to migration. Read on to see how new connections and relationships would not have been possible without […]

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Borromini: rivalry, illusion and tragedy

Greatness, illusion, bitter rivalry, and a tragic end. It’s a life story that could easily have been penned for a Hollywood epic drama. Today we are celebrating Francesco Borromini, born on this day in 1599. Born with the name Francesco Castelli, Borromini was a Swiss Italian architect and a prominent figure in the emergence of […]

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The Father of Modern Architecture: Mies

“Less is more.”  – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Born in Germany on March 27th 1886, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, accelerating the post-war shift from classical ideologies of architectural design and construction methods. His influential ‘skin and bones’ style, which is renowned for […]

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