How to Get So Famous They Give Your House a Medal

What decides whose legacies get memorialized? Mostly richness and whiteness.

Source: White Noise
Published: Nov 3, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,620 words)

Chromophobia

Western architecture is paralyzed by a fear of color, argues David Batchelor in this extract from his classic polemic, Chromophobia. Paralyzed — and fascinated.

Source: White Noise
Published: Mar 9, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,459 words)

Far Away From Here

How do you define a place? An excerpt from Teju Cole’s new book, Known and Strange Things: on Switzerland, photography, and telling the story of a place in pictures.

Author: Teju Cole
Source: White Noise
Published: Sep 24, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,552 words)

Out of Reach Hawaii

As the road and rail networks on the island of Oahu expand, so a ferocious tug of war is intensifying over its untouched wilderness. Breena Kerr takes to the wheel along the most beautiful highway in America and explores whether it’s better to keep the country country.

Source: White Noise
Published: Jun 29, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,606 words)

The Resilience of Cities

From the ruin porn of Detroit to China’s ghost towns, images of failed growth haunt our imaginations. Darran Anderson argues that humanity is robust enough to survive its own poor planning.

Source: White Noise
Published: May 22, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,210 words)

A Crime Is Nothing If You Can’t Get Away

Source: White Noise
Published: May 6, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,426 words)