This issue explores two themes, each through five recent projects. The terms culture and city both contain an element of opposition against two words that are often mistaken as their synonyms: civilisation and urbanisation. In this sense, culture can be considered a strategy of resistance. Recent examples that reflect this trend are SANAA’s Tsuruoka Cultural Hall, Caixa Forum Sevilla by Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, and La Seine Music Hall by Shigeru Ban. Secondly, the school as social playground is examined in the Skovbakke School by CEBRA, German School Madrid by Grüntuch Ernst Architects, and the Copenhagen International School Nordhavn by C.F. Møller Architects.