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Postcard, Brasilia, date unknown c. 1960s
BBC: The Inquiry
BBC World Service 2019

Itapoã, DF Brazil photograph © Joana França 2011
Brasília: Life Beyond Utopia
Brazil Institute, Kings College London 2016

Brasilia, DF Brazil photograph © Joana França 2011
Brasília: Life Beyond Utopia
Architectural Design [April 2016]

McAslan Gallery: Emerging Architects
Two exhibitions for the McAslan Gallery
McAslan Gallery 2016

Edzell Castle, Angus
Edzell Castle: Architectural Treatises in Late 16th Century Scotland
Garden History Society 2014

Architecture and the Humanities
Architectural Research Quarterly 2014

Rio: Canal do Mangue Postcard
Urban Planning in Rio 1870-1930: the Construction of Modernity
Brazil Institute, Kings College London 2014

London Tower Block
Review of Remaking London: Design and Regeneration in Urban Culture
Architectural Research Quarterly 2013

Oscar Niemeyer: House in Canoas, Rio de Janeiro
Life's a Beach: Oscar Niemeyer, Landscape and Women
The Rest is Noise Festival
South Bank, London 6 October 2013

Brasilia Tres Poderes
BBC: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 7 & 9 December 2012

Brasilia Tres Poderes
Brasilia: Fictions and Illusions
Brazil Institute, Kings College London 2012

Nolli Plan of Rome
Connected Communities Symposium
University of Dundee 2011

Arup: White Building, St John's College Oxford
Architecture + ESI: an architect's perspective
FESI [The UK Forum for Engineering Structural Integrity] 2011

Booth Poverty Map of London
Review of Mapping London
Architectural Research Quarterly 2010

RIAS: landworkers exhibition
Dundee Contemporary Arts
14-28 May 2009

Antonio Carlos Elias: Epulis Fissuratum
The Studio of Antonio Carlos Elias
Epulis Fissuratum [Brasília 2006]

Thomas Deckker: superquadra penthouse project
Superquadra Penthouse Project
Penthouse Living
[Wiley 2005]

Arquivo Brasilia
Arquivo Brasília
Sala Martins Penna
Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro
19-20 April 2005

Revisiting Brazil: View of Exhibition
Revisiting Brazil
RIBA Gallery 2
9-30 October 2003

Houston Car Park
Urban Entropies: A Tale of Three Cities
Architectural Design [September 2003]

Guedes Apartment, São Paulo
New Architecture in Brazil - Photographs by Michael Frantzis
Brazilian Embassy, London
5-6 March 2003

Joaquim Gudes: Kerti House, São Paulo
Natural Spirit (Places to Live 007)
Wallpaper* [January/February 2003]

Wallpaper*: Architects Directory
Architects Directory
Wallpaper* [July/August 2002]

RIBA Journal: Foreign Legion
Foreign Legion
RIBA Journal [March 2002]

Le Corbusier: Heidi Weber Pavilion, Zurich photograph © Thomas Deckker 1996
Architects and Technology
The Encyclopaedia of Architectural Technology [London: Wiley 2002]

Mission Concepcion (1755) San Antonio, Texas
Mexican-American Architecture
Mexican-American Encyclopaedia [2002]

W3 Brasilia 1960s Archive Photograph
Canberra / Brasília
Canberra Contemporary Art Space [Canberra: CASC 2001]

Oscar Niemeyer: Congresso Naçional Brasília
In the Realm of the Senses
Architectural Design [July 2001]

Thomas Deckker: Magalhães House
Thomas Deckker: Two Projects in Brasília
Architectural Design [Oct 2000]

Degree Unit G: Mexico 1997-98
First International Seminar on the Teaching of the Built Environment [SIEPAC]
University of São Paulo, Brazil
13-15 Sept 2000

Thomas Deckker: The Modern City Revisited
The Modern City Revisited
[London: Routledge 2000]

Thomas Deckker (editor): Issues in Architecture Art & Design
Issues in Architecture Art & Design
vol. 6 no. 1 [University of East London 2000]
Thomas Deckker 'Land Art: City Architecture'

Luigi Snozzi: Monte Carasso, Bellinzona photograph © Thomas Deckker 1982
The re-invention of the site
Relating Landscape to Architecture
[London: Routledge 1999]

The Modern City Revisted Conference
The Modern City Revisited
University of East London
27/28 Mar 1999

Luigi Snozzi: Kalman House, Locarno photograph © Thomas Deckker 1982
Monte Carasso: The re-invention of the site
Issues in Architecture Art & Design vol. 5 no. 2 [University of East London 1998]

Donald Judd: Chinati Foundation, Texas
Specific Objects / Specific Sites
Rethinking the Architecture / Landscape Relationship, University of East London,
26-28 Mar 1996

Herzog & deMeuron: Hebelstrasse Apartments, Basle
Herzog & deMeuron
Issues in Architecture Art & Design vol. 3 no. 2 [University of East London 1994]

Thomas Deckker (editor): Issues in Architecture Art & Design

Issues: The Rediscovery of the Site

The University of East London 2000

"It may prove, in hindsight," wrote John Beardsley in Earthworks: The Landscape after Modernism, "that nothing signalled the end of the modern era in art so much as the restoration of the landscape to an important position among artists of a particularly venturesome character in the latter half of the 1960s." Beardsley's article, written for a conference at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1991, predicted that artists such as Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson had really superseded 'modern' art. For a variety of complex motives, these artists had abandoned the studio and started to work directly on vacant land. Other artists, such as Donald Judd and Richard Serra, made similar objects in streets and derelict warehouses in New York. In fact, New York and Los Angeles formed much of the subject as well as the location of their work. It seemed that art was beginning to inhabit the territory of architecture. In architecture as in art, what was currently called 'modernism' bore little relation to the work of the masters; the foundations and rationale of Modernism were by then universally recognised as myths. Architecture had been absorbed willingly within the industries which traded in images - low-cost popular house-building, developers, and magazines. Those architects who stood outside this mainstream started to use forms remarkably similar to 'land' artists. They negated the image as a common currency and stressed the experience of the building - material, spatial, environmental, and contextual. Above all, it seems that what signalled the end of the Modern era in architecture was the restoration of the importance of site."
Thomas Deckker
London 2000
  • Thomas Deckker 'The Rediscovery of the Site'
photographs and commentary
  • Arno Gisinger 'Messerschmitthalle'
  • Stephen Bann 'Arno Gisinger: Messerschmitthalle'
  • Rut Blees Luxemburg 'London: the Modern Project'
  • Sandy McCreery 'Rut Blees Luxemburg: London: the Modern Project'
  • Elden Croy 'Sarajevo Post-Siege'
polemics practice
  • Jeanne Sillett 'Correspondences'
  • Peter Wilson 'Eurolandschaft'
  • Gillian Darley Jan Birksted (ed): Relating Landscape to Architecture (Routledge 1999)
  • Melanie Unwin Thomas van Leeuwen: The Springboard in the Pond: An Intimate History of the Swimming Pool (MIT 1998)
  • Andrew Holmes D.A.ST. Art Team: 'Desert Breath'
Alexandra Stratou, a member of the D.A.ST. Art Team, was a student in Thomas Deckker's Degree Unit G during 1998-99. Click here for Desert Breath.