Icons of Decay: A story on Reality vs. Concept Architecture and its social implications


Before a long descent into darkness, the cylindrical Ponte City Apartments began life as a luxurious tribute to growth and wealth in Johannesburg , filled with envy-worthy units looking out in all directions. But after years of decline and false restarts, what direction is next for the highest residential skyscraper on the continent?

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Why Is Academic Writing So Academic?

Interesting article by the The New Yorker’s archive editor Joshua Rothman, discussing the often-heard critiques of contemporary academic writing/discourse. Feel free to comment below this post and share your opinions!


“It won’t do any good, in short, to ask professors to become more populist. Academic writing and research may be knotty and strange, remote and insular, technical and specialized, forbidding and clannish—but that’s because academia has become that way, too. Today’s academic work, excellent though it may be, is the product of a shrinking system. It’s a tightly-packed, super-competitive jungle in there. [….]  If academic writing is to become expansive again, academia will probably have to expand first.”

Link: “Why Is Academic Writing So Academic”, Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, February 20th 2014