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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]

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 Revisited Conference, University of East London 1999
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]

The Modern City Revisited Conference, University of East London 1999
Installation of the superquadra model at the Modern City Revisited conference
photograph © Thomas Deckker 1999

The Modern City Revisited

The University of East London 27/28 Mar 1999

The term "Modern City" conceals the diversity of approaches to Modernism before the Second World War. The supposed rationality of urban planning in this period encompassed a variety of attitudes towards history, technology, and culture. After the Second World War, architects were officially encouraged to apply these visions to urban problems, whether in suburbs of existing cities - such as Quartiere Triennale 8 in Milan - or in new cities - such as Brasília, in which these various attitudes were manifest. These were widely seen to have failed during the 1970s. However, such a wholesale condemnation hides that not only were some of these projects very successful, but that more recently in places such as Barcelona and Ticino recognisably modern architecture has been used to repair historical urban fabrics. Speakers attempted to define the complex realities underlying Modern urban planning, and to reassess the successes and the failures of the built results. The conference ended with an assessment of the enormous cultural changes which have taken place since the 1970s in which urban planning, and rationality itself, have been thrown into doubt.

Alternative Visions
  • Bernd Nicolai: "The Symphony of the Metropolis: Berlin in the 1920s"
  • Ken Lambla: "Housing and Social Action in Rotterdam in the 1920s"
  • Catherine Cooke "Cities of Socialism: technology and ideology in the Soviet Union in the 1920s"
  • John Gold: "Towards the Functional City: MARS, CIAM and the London Plans 1933-42"
  • James Dunnett: "Cities without Streets: The Vertical Garden City"
The triumph and eclipse of Modernism
  • John Allan: "Lubetkin and Peterlee"
  • Judi Loach: "Italian Rationalism and the Quartiere Triennale 8, Milan"
  • Andrew Higgott: "Birmingham: Building the Modern City"
  • Thomas Deckker: "Brasília: City vs. Landscape"
  • Michael Sorkin: "The City after Now"
A substantial part of the conference proceedings, with additonal contributions, were subsequently published as The Modern City Revisited [London: Routledge 2000]:
Thomas Deckker: The Modern City Revisited