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‘The most dangerous cosmopolitanism’? – Karl Marx’s life in Soho’s Dean Street

Discover Marx’s political activities and impoverished existence and suffering in London’s Soho

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Canterbury Grove Bridge, a border between life and death

An old, narrow footbridge stars in Patrick Keiller’s film, Norwood, as a border – perhaps between the lands of the living and of the dead.

Freemasons’ Tavern and the ‘birth’ of football

This viewpoint explores the role of the Freemasons’ Tavern in the foundation of the Football Association and the so-called ‘birth’ of association football.

The Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED)

This viewpoint deals with BedZED, the most notable mixed-use sustainable community to be developed in London over the last twenty years. Develped by Bioregional and the Peabody Trust to designs by Bill Dunster Architects, BedZED was subject to significant media attention upon its completion in 2002 and no shortage of controversy. In this viewpoint, I argue that rather than being seen as good or bad, the scheme should be seen as an indication of how much our expectations regarding sustainabilty have changed over the last two decades.