This week’s essential links

Parag Khanna in The Guardian: The empire strikes back
Gridskipper: The ugliest buildings in London
Education portal: 10 free writing courses online
Altertube : The mindscape of Alan Moore
Weburbanist: Engineering wonders of the world
NY Times Travel: A Campus Serves as a Needed Oasis in a Crowded City
We Make Money Not Art: Martin Parr in Berlin