Mark Minkjan is an urban and architectural geographer. He is Editor-in-Chief at Failed Architecture and produces the Failed Architecture Podcast. He has written for publications including VICE, The Guardian and The Architectural Review. In 2016, Mark received a talent grant from the Dutch Creative Industries Fund to develop new forms of architecture criticism. He received the Geert Bekaert Award for architecture criticism in 2017 and curated the 2019 exhibition “The Right to Build: Self-build Between Dreams and Reality”. Mark currently teaches at Amsterdam's Academy of Architecture and Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
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“Degrowth is about redistribution by design, not by collapse”

“Degrowth is about redistribution by design, not by collapse”

Maybe Modern Ruins Are Just the Kind of Failure We Need

Maybe Modern Ruins Are Just the Kind of Failure We Need

Reinier de Graaf: “Architecture is in a State of Denial”

Reinier de Graaf: “Architecture is in a State of Denial”

A Hilariously Embarrassing Housing Crisis

A Hilariously Embarrassing Housing Crisis

Photo Essay: The Grey City – Aberdeen’s Mundane Side

Photo Essay: The Grey City – Aberdeen’s Mundane Side

Berlin Marzahn: Social Housing With Marquis Hawkes

Berlin Marzahn: Social Housing With Marquis Hawkes

Photo Essay: The Fading Glory of Brazil’s Disappearing Love Motels

Photo Essay: The Fading Glory of Brazil’s Disappearing Love Motels

What’s An Architecture Biennale Good For Anyway?

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What’s An Architecture Biennale Good For Anyway?

Self-Builds: Between Unruly Real Estate Markets and Failed Housing Policies

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Self-Builds: Between Unruly Real Estate Markets and Failed Housing Policies

Instagramming Architecture

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Instagramming Architecture

Spaces of Otherness: Ruins Through a Feminist Lens

Spaces of Otherness: Ruins Through a Feminist Lens

Slum Porn: Urban Misery as Catchy Imagery

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Slum Porn: Urban Misery as Catchy Imagery

The Tyranny of the Filter Bubble and the Future of Public Space

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The Tyranny of the Filter Bubble and the Future of Public Space

Why the Pop-up Hype Isn’t Going to Save Our Cities

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Why the Pop-up Hype Isn’t Going to Save Our Cities

What the City of the Future Looks Like in the Next Economy

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What the City of the Future Looks Like in the Next Economy

What the City of the Future Looks Like If We Don’t Change Course

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What the City of the Future Looks Like If We Don’t Change Course

Going Embedded at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2016: The Next Economy

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Going Embedded at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2016: The Next Economy

What this MVRDV Rendering Says About Architecture and the Media

What this MVRDV Rendering Says About Architecture and the Media

Turncoats: ‘Architectural debates are rubbish’

Turncoats: ‘Architectural debates are rubbish’

Did Suburbia Fail?

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Did Suburbia Fail?

Photo Essay: The Most German City in Brazil

Photo Essay: The Most German City in Brazil

Nothing is Permanent: the Imaginative Power of Ruins

Nothing is Permanent: the Imaginative Power of Ruins

Photo Essay: the Lost Views of Space City

Photo Essay: the Lost Views of Space City

Haussmann and the Sanitisation of Amsterdam

Haussmann and the Sanitisation of Amsterdam

Photo Essay: Jing Jin City

Photo Essay: Jing Jin City

Photo Essay: Metropole

Photo Essay: Metropole

Photo Essay: Utopia by the Plot

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Photo Essay: Utopia by the Plot

Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence

Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence

Photo Essay: Construction Sights

Photo Essay: Construction Sights

Photo Essay: After Schengen

Photo Essay: After Schengen

Concrete Experience: Bakema’s TrouwAmsterdam

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Concrete Experience: Bakema’s TrouwAmsterdam

Photo Essay: The Ferrier Estate

Photo Essay: The Ferrier Estate

Material Senescence

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Material Senescence

Vacancy Studies: Designing Temporariness

Vacancy Studies: Designing Temporariness

Photo Essay: Frameworks

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Photo Essay: Frameworks

Explore Everything: A Subversive Urban Critique

Explore Everything: A Subversive Urban Critique

Lelystad Zuid – Never So Bright

Lelystad Zuid – Never So Bright

Capturing Transience: Urban Exploration Photography

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Capturing Transience: Urban Exploration Photography

Baffled by Belfast

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Baffled by Belfast

ArchDaily and Architecture Criticism

ArchDaily and Architecture Criticism

Photo Essay: Tallinn’s Abandoned Linnahall

Photo Essay: Tallinn’s Abandoned Linnahall

FA Workshop: Amsterdam’s Felix Meritis

The Downfall of London’s Streets in the Sky

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The Downfall of London’s Streets in the Sky

FA Workshop: Rapla and Tallinn

FA Workshop: Rapla and Tallinn

Photo Essay: Rapla KEK, Estonia

Photo Essay: Rapla KEK, Estonia

Is the Architectural Profession Still Relevant?

Is the Architectural Profession Still Relevant?

"In the Glasgow media the death of a high rise is marketed as progress"

"In the Glasgow media the death of a high rise is marketed as progress"

Photo Essay: Hiroshima’s Motomachi

Photo Essay: Hiroshima’s Motomachi

FA#10: Beyond Failure

FA#10: Beyond Failure

FA Workshop: Re-imagining Campanhã, Porto

FA Workshop: Re-imagining Campanhã, Porto

(Counter) Productive Dystopia

(Counter) Productive Dystopia

The Poetry of Decay

The Poetry of Decay

School’s Out: A Modernist School Building Has to Go

School’s Out: A Modernist School Building Has to Go

An Artist’s Impression: Larissa Fassler on Berlin’s Kottbusser Tor

An Artist’s Impression: Larissa Fassler on Berlin’s Kottbusser Tor

Nottingham: ‘Early Martyr of Highway Engineering’

Nottingham: ‘Early Martyr of Highway Engineering’

Wouter Vanstiphout on Architecture and Politics

Wouter Vanstiphout on Architecture and Politics

The City as a Private Enterprise

The City as a Private Enterprise

How Business Shapes Our Cities

How Business Shapes Our Cities

Owen Hatherley in Defense of Post-War Planning

Owen Hatherley in Defense of Post-War Planning

Excavating the Future in Cardross, Scotland

Excavating the Future in Cardross, Scotland

Failed Architecture #06: Concrete Failures

Failed Architecture #06: Concrete Failures

Failed Architecture #01: Preservation as a Matter of Urgency

Failed Architecture #01: Preservation as a Matter of Urgency

The Nazis and the US may be Gone but the Devil Remains

The Nazis and the US may be Gone but the Devil Remains