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September 1990: Musique Concrete by Edward Cullinan Architects

8 April 2014

Now under threat of demolition, we revisit the AR’s original coverage of the RMC international headquarters, one of Edward Cullinan Architects’ finest buildings


January 2002: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects' Straw Bale House

6 March 2014

Witty, imaginative and sustainable, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects bring a smile to a neglected north London site


Jane Drew's work with Fry, Drew & Partners

6 March 2014

A look back at a 1962 feature on three projects involving Jane Drew, the British Modernist whose first office had the idea of only empoloying women 


Eileen Gray: Pioneer of Design, December 1972

6 March 2014

Joseph Rykwert introduces the work of Eileen Gray in this piece from December 1972, prior to the opening of an exhibition of her work at the Heinz Gallery


Interview with Charlotte Perriand

6 March 2014

Charlotte Ellis and Martin Meade interview Charlotte Perriand on her long and illustrious career from the AR’s November 1984 issue


Manplan: The Bravest Moment in Architectural Publishing

3 March 2014

In September 1969, the Architectural Review launched the brave and hard-hitting Manplan. Today, this dark humanist manifesto still strikes a chord in the debate of architecture’s social responsibilities


In praise of advertising Subscription Required

5 February 2014

The innovative proposals by the Glass Age Committee, ranging from inhabited structures spanning across the Thames to the regeneration of entire neighbourhoods in British cities, were published in the AR as advertisements for manufacturers’ products between 1938 and 1963

Troubles in Theory V

Troubles in Theory V: The Brutalist Moment(s) Subscription Required

30 January 2014

From the Smithsons’ claim to have originally coined the term, to its alleged incarnation in the béton brut of Le Corbusier’s Unités, the provenance of New Brutalism, seen as a corrective to ‘soft’ Modernism, is as problematic as what it stood for: ethic or aesthetic?


1983 November: Michael Graves' Portland Building

20 January 2014

Now facing the threat of demolition, the AR recalls a time when Graves’ project was set to become ‘Portland’s Eiffel Tower’  


Building Seagram: A Memoir of Mies and Modernism Subscription Required

24 September 2013

Phyllis Lambert's compelling and incisive account of the commissioning, design and construction of the Seagram Building is both a critical history and personal memoir of a pivotal moment in architecture


2002 February: The American Museum of Folk Art

10 May 2013

A museum of folk art in Manhattan forms a luminous backdrop for its exhibits


February 1976: Hertzberger's Framework for Care

22 April 2013

Sutherland Lyall explores the inner workings of open community living for the elderly without the clinical aesthetics of a hospital, but instead beginning with a bare concrete structure 


1962 October: Royal College of Art

6 March 2013

As the Royal College of Art continues its campus expansion south of the Thames, the AR looks back to its original coverage of the groundbreaking Darwin Building on Kensington Gore


1999 April: Planet Niemeyer

13 December 2012

Luis Oliveira examines Oscar Neimeyer’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro.


1989 July: Whats wrong with architectural education? Almost everything

31 October 2012

Peter Buchanan critiques the state of architectural education, claiming it is neither current or credible ” not only have curricula not been revised and extended accordingly, most schools now fail even to impart adequately such traditionally crucial skills as an understanding of construction”

Marl Primary School: Assembly hall

March 1975: Late works of Scharoun

25 October 2012

Hans Scharoun’s architectural reputation is re examined by Peter Blundell Jones, focusing on three programmatically innovative schools designed late in his career.


1954 April: C20 Picturesque, Nikolaus Pevsner Subscription Required

5 September 2012

Nikolaus Pevsner defends the AR’s promotion of the Picturesque; ‘The first feeling-your-way theory of art in European history and far the greatest contribution England has made to aesthetic theory”

1993 February: Le Corbusier In the Sun Subscription Required

[ARCHIVE] The Marseilles Unite and the monuments of Chandigarh have been held up as an example of Le Corbusier’s interest in passive energy control. Christopher Mackenzie questioned these assumptions on a visit to India

2003 March: Chandigarh, Once the Future City Subscription Required

[Archive] After years of struggle in Rio, Algiers, Saint Die and Bogota, Le Corbusier, at the age of 62, had the rare opportunity to apply his theories to the design of a new city. Chandigarh was to be his most momentous assignment: the only urban plan of substance he implemented

1987 January: Chandigarh Subscription Required

The Governor’s Garden which fuses architecture and landscape in a way unparalleled in Le Corbusier’s ouvre is analysed by Caroline Constant, and set in the context of his changing attitudes to landscape.

1964 June: Chandigarh, The Assembly Subscription Required

The third of Le Corbusier’s major buildings on the capitol at Chandigarh - The Assembly - is discussed in this article by Charles Correa, the Indian architect who practiced in Bombay

AR Archive

Welcome to The Architectural Review Archive

For 115 years, the AR has tracked the development of modern architecture, attracting a host of exceptional writers and photographers to analyse and record an unparallelled roll-call of key buildings. As a subscriber to The Architectural Review you have access to this incredible wealth of world class architectural publishing from over a century of journals.

Over time, this has built up into a major repository of insight and information that feeds through into the quality of architectural discussion in the AR’s pages and website. The AR Archive amplifies and illuminates current debate, forming a resonant link with the past and offering fresh perspectives on architectural history.

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