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Overcrowding and Oversprawl

16 August 2014

Elizabeth Darling looks back at Elizabeth Denby’s use of the AR as a mouthpiece for her hard-hitting campaign with the Kensington Housing Association

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Tropical Modernism: Fry and Drew's African Experiment

4 July 2014

Iain Jackson looks back at the AR’s 1953 coverage of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew’s projects in West Africa - its first appearance as a coherent body of work

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Kenneth Clark: Lord of Civilisation

19 June 2014

Kenneth Clark’s contributions to the AR implored readers to become critical observers of the architectural modernity around them

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Ian Nairn: The Pioneer of Outrage

27 May 2014

A look back at the work of the angry and passionate Ian Nairn, the outspoken critic of England’s ‘subtopian’ demise

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Reyner Banham: The New Brutalism Subscription Required

15 May 2014

In his seminal 1955 essay Architectural Critic Reyner Banham attempts to codify the then emerging architectural movement of Brutalism

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December 1988: Complexes of Hans Hollein

12 May 2014

Hans Hollein’s career started in Vienna with very small projects and a series of artworks and exhibition designs which focused world attention. In this Archive piece from 1988, Peter Davey looks at Hollein’s first two sizeable buildings in his native city. 

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December 1982: Stirling and Hollein

12 May 2014

Peter Cook enthuses over Hans Hollein’s Mönchengladbach museum and James Stirling’s Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart while Jonathan Glancey takes a more in-depth look at Hollein’s project in this piece from the AR Archive

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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’  

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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

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


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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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Venice Architecture Biennale 2014: The AR's Complete Coverage

From Charles Jencks to Liza Fior, read The Architectural Review critics’ take on every element of the 2014 Biennale

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