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
A museum of folk art in Manhattan forms a luminous backdrop for its exhibits
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
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
Luis Oliveira examines Oscar Neimeyer’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro.
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”
Hans Scharoun’s architectural reputation is re examined by Peter Blundell Jones, focusing on three programmatically innovative schools designed late in his career.
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”
AR’s inter-war discoveries of Gaudi’s buildings in Barcelona and the state of “the great Church of the Holy Family”
This spiky pavilion in the landscape is a highly ingenious exploration of form and materials
The house that Mies van der Rohe built for Grete and Fritz Tugendhat in Brno, Czechoslovakia, has endured the attentions of the worst regimes of the twentieth century. The restored villa reflects the robust, enduring nature of the original design and construction.
A new footbridge animates Paddington’s still waters.
La Villette is a Grand Project with enormous cultural pretensions: it is supposed to be nothing less than the first piece of Deconstructivist architecture. Bernard Tschumi’s aim has been to create a park which has no coherent meaning: one that can be experienced by each visitor in a unique way. Peter Blundell Jones, while respecting the intentions, questions whether they are achievable in a culture which retains shared perceptions
A functionalist approach to a challenging brief is resolved in this unintentionally Brutalist hospital
Houses as neutral enclosures for transitory human activities, this is what Kazuyo Sejima wanted to create in her platform houses: but their reality is a great deal more imbued with presence
Digital media plays an important role in the galvanisation of social movements, says social scientist Merlyna Lim, but can it ever supplant urban space?
Henri Ciriani’s new antiquities museum at Arles in southern France boldly reinterprets and extends the spatial disciplines of the Corbusian Modernist inheritance in a sensually stunning interaction of light, form and colour
[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
[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
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.
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
[ARCHIVE] Three schemes that demonstrate Holl´s ability to draw inspiration from the world of phenomena
[ARCHIVE] Steven Holl’s Jesuit chapel fuses geometry, light and colour to create an articulate symbol of spiritual intent
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Asking whether the exhibits fit director David Chipperfield’s theme of ‘Common Ground’
The West rests on its laurels, as Oriental originality emerges
Has the steady march of progress been detrimental to the art of drawing?
Video: Peter Cook is the subject of this month’s Innovators interview, produced in partnership with Hunter Douglas