Is Architecture Sexist?

Since before the days of Athens when a giant Phallus was paraded through the city to officially begin the festivities of the Dionysia, civilizations have been influenced by gendered and racialised attitudes. In this hyper capitalist world where much of the architecture in the world’s biggest cities centre around the possibility of profitability, how can we construct the idea of intersectionality and equality into the concrete and paving designed…

The book thief is Filippo Bernardini

Joshua Smith unravels the mystery behind Filippo Bernardini’s book thievery but, like much of the publishing industry, continues to ponder his motive. Not very often would you find book theft feature in a Raymond Chandler novel, but the arrest of Filippo Bernardini, a 29-year old rights-coordinator for Simon & Schuster, exposed the auteur behind acts of thievery worthy of all the ambiguity and sophistication expected in one. For five years, to the bafflement of publishers, unpublished manuscri

International Spotlight: Tuareg Music, Nomadic Soundworlds of the Sahara

Tuareg men are known to sleep with veil’s on, covering their faces all but for their eyes. This is for reasons both ecological (protection from the dry winds of the Sahara) and symbolic (to ward off evil in encounters with strangers). The latter is something the Tuareg people are familiar with. As Nomadic people, they have inhabited a vast area of the Sahara stretching from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso as pastoralists involved in Saharan trade since at

Life According to the Bean: Coffee, Globalisation and the Climate Crisis

Joshua Smith traces the coffee bean as one of the key commodities of globalisation. Using the coffee bean as a vehicle, Smith navigates the cultural, social and economic consequences of globalisation; delving into the universalised transition to highly mechanised forms of farming and the effects of the overproduction of coffee he explores the relationship between the countries which produce coffee beans and those that buy them as precarious.

The Parthenon Marbles: how museums distort our perception of the past

Joshua Smith explains the complex history behind the Parthenon Marbles and questions what modern museums should be doing to account for their colonial pasts. Edward Said once wrote, “all cultures are involved in one another; none is single and pure, all are hybrid, heterogenous, extraordinarily differentiated, and unmonolithic”. Said’s words, in my opinion, are no better illustrated than in the social history of the Parthenon. The temple has undergone a tumultuous and multi-faced journey, from

Explorations of Liberation Through Photography

What I seek to depict in my photography is not perfection nor technical brilliance, the picturesque for me is a distant and irrelevant concept because I believe that photography is obliged to tell a story, to evoke sublimity from the simple and to expose people, places and nature in the most subtle yet explorative ways. The intention of a photograph is to be more than the surface interpretation and become something that speaks of time, space and humanity.