“Vyborg looks like Helsinki might after a long, drawn out war”

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/opinion/"><strong>Opinion:</strong></a> with the exemplary <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/10/31/alvar-aalto-viipuri-library-restoration-wins-2014-modernism-prize/">restoration of Alvar Aalto's seminal Viipuri/Vyborg Library</a>, Finland has schooled Russia in how to treat its neglected 20th century buildings. Now they need to restore the rest of the city, says <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/owen-hatherley/">Owen Hatherley</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/08/30/owen-hatherley-opinion-viipurivyborg-library-alvar-aalto-russia-modernism/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

“Why not move some of Britain’s political power northwards?”

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        <strong><a href="http://www.dezeen.com/opinion">Opinion:</a></strong> moving the UK's Houses of Parliament to Bristol is not that strange an idea, says Owen Hatherley, but why not go one step further and create a new capital city in Milton Keynes or the Pennines? <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/04/28/opinion-owen-hatherley-studio-egret-west-moving-parliament-bristol/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

“Saakashvili didn’t need interesting architects to design the New Georgia”

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        <strong><a href="http://www.dezeen.com/opinion/">Opinion:</a></strong> former <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/georgia">Georgian</a> president Mikheil Saakashvili may be wanted on multiple criminal charges in his home country, but his architectural legacy has helped him win political favour in the Ukraine, says <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/owen-hatherley/">Owen Hatherley</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/11/19/owen-hatherley-opinion-mikheil-saakashvili-politics-architecture-new-georgia-ukraine/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>