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Empty gestures: Starchitecture's Swan Song Subscription

27 February 2015 | By

Architecture must move on from pandering to preposterous concepts in an adolescent search for momentary excitement. But to do this will require a more critical perspective from architectural academe and the media


Architecture and the Computer: A Contested History Subscription

9 February 2015 | By Evangelos Kotsioris

Ever the divider of opinion, the computer’s entrance into the architectural profession posed questions that are now more current and pressing than they have ever been


Revisiting Siza: An archaeology of the future Video Subscription

27 January 2015 | By

Álvaro Siza’s Quinta da Malagueira estate offers radical lessons in the relationship of architecture and time


Queer Gothic: Architecture, gender and desire Subscription

20 January 2015 | By Ayla Lepine

Through a historical study of the connections between architecture, gender and desire, Ayla Lepine reveals the invisibility and marginalisation of queer history


The Polemical Snapshot: Architectural Photography in the Age of Social Media Subscription

15 January 2015 | By

Disseminated by smart phones and Instagram, critical photography thrives online. But can it change the way we look at buildings?


Part Two: British architecture after the Great War Subscription

30 December 2014 | By Alan Powers

Alan Powers’ two-part historical essay reveals World War One’s repercussion on the maturation of Modernism and encourages us to re-evaluate, a century later, both the Modernist canon and its impact on British architecture


Facing up to the future: Prince Charles on 21st century architecture Subscription

20 December 2014 | By HRH The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales sets out ten key principles for sustainable urban growth that values tradition


Constructing Culture: The Work of Hannah Arendt Subscription

11 December 2014 | By Hans Teerds

Architecture’s ambiguity – caught between ‘mere’ construction and artistic practice – raises questions about the relevance of its cultural dimension


How Socialist Architecture Shaped Iraq Subscription

11 December 2014 | By Lukasz Stanek

The transfer of architectural labour from Poland to Iraq in the years 1958 to 1989 also exported the heritage of Polish interwar architecture


From Practice to Theory: Landscape Urbanism Subscription

11 December 2014 | By Francesco Repishti

In a world increasingly conscious of the environment, landscape urbanism has become an autonomous discipline, developing its own mode of practice and ideology


Almost Exactly: The 7/8 Scale Subscription

11 December 2014 | By Amy Kulper

Oval Office replicas produced at 7/8 scale lead to the examination of the ‘almost exact’ and reveal the importance of the residual 1/8 as domain of the spatial imaginary


Learning from CGIs Subscription

11 December 2014 | By Gillian Rose, Monica Degen and Clare Melhuish

Reconceiving the computer-generated render as an interface for human interaction rather than a static object


The Architecture School and the Concentration Camp Subscription

11 December 2014 | By Ana María León

In 1970s Chile, an architecture school and a concentration camp appeared three miles apart at Ritoque. The parallel communities used similar games to create spaces for liberation


Sounds Different: Listening to the City Subscription

11 December 2014 | By Sarah Barns

Different auditory spaces of the modern city, such as those produced by smart phones, offer insights into the experience of urbanisation and technological modernisation

Dymaxion House

The Big Rethink revisited: BECOMING EARTHLINGS Subscription

21 November 2014 | By

Reflecting on The Big Rethink series of essays, the campaign author argues for a new culture to emerge that integrates understandings of ecology, evolution and identity to engender a sense of humanity’s being at home in the world


Part One: British architecture before the Great War Subscription

11 November 2014 | By Alan Powers

Alan Powers’ two-part historical essay reveals World War One’s repercussion on the maturation of Modernism and encourages us to re-evaluate, a century later, both the Modernist canon and its impact on British architecture


Troubles in Theory Part VI: From Utopia to Heterotopia Subscription

3 October 2014 | By Anthony Vidler

The sixth instalment in the series turns to the theory of ‘space’ as it was reinterpreted from its Modernist origins to serve political analysis and practice, and focuses on the work and influence of Michel Foucault


Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't: What is the Moral Duty of the Architect? Subscription

22 September 2014 | By

Architects are ridiculed if they take a moral position, and attacked if they don’t. What, then, in the 21st century, is ‘the duty of the architect’?


Style is the Man: Charles Jencks Subscription

12 September 2014 | By

A new monograph on the late works of James Stirling and Michael Wilford prompts some reflections on the role of style and meaning in architecture


After the Event: Bernard Tschumi Retrospective at the Pompidou Centre Subscription

3 September 2014 | By Anthony Vidler

The recent retrospective on Bernard Tschumi at the Pompidou Centre provided a compelling analysis of a career spanning over 45 years - and ultimately reveals the architect’s unique integration of theory and practice



Queer Gothic: Architecture, gender and desire Subscription

20 January 2015 | By Ayla Lepine

Through a historical study of the connections between architecture, gender and desire, Ayla Lepine reveals the invisibility and marginalisation of queer history


Part Two: British architecture after the Great War Subscription

30 December 2014 | By Alan Powers

Alan Powers’ two-part historical essay reveals World War One’s repercussion on the maturation of Modernism and encourages us to re-evaluate, a century later, both the Modernist canon and its impact on British architecture


Part One: British architecture before the Great War Subscription

11 November 2014 | By Alan Powers

Alan Powers’ two-part historical essay reveals World War One’s repercussion on the maturation of Modernism and encourages us to re-evaluate, a century later, both the Modernist canon and its impact on British architecture

Architecture And Photography

Shattered Glass: The history of architectural photography Subscription

22 December 2013 | By

Exploring photography’s obsession with architecture as motif and metaphor, a cluster of exhibitions in Los Angeles ended by questioning the neutrality of the camera in the architectural assignment


Building Seagram: A Memoir of Mies and Modernism Subscription

24 September 2013 | By Anthony Vidler

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


The Strategies of Mat-building Subscription

13 August 2013 | By Debora Domingo Calabuig, Raúl Castellanos Gomez, Ana Abalos Ramos

Dismantling and reframing programme and composition, mat-building envisaged architecture as a dynamic, flexible armature


Beijing: Modernising History Subscription

28 August 2012 | By Anu Leinonen

The demolition of the protected home of China’s most prominent 20th-century architect exposes the tension between preservation and progress, says Anu Leinonen

Le Corbusier’s visit to the Acropolis in 1911 left a lasting impression on the architect


21 September 2011 | By William JR Curtis

How three weeks in Athens left a lasting impression on the father of Modernism

60 years on from the Festival of Britain

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Joseph Rykwert Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Joseph Rykwert

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain, the AR invites Joseph Rykwert to reconsider its role in shaping modern, post-war architecture

60 years on from the Festival of Britain

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Alan Powers Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Alan Powers

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain, the AR invites Alan Powers, to reconsider its role in shaping modern, post-war architecture

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Mary Banham Subscription

28 June 2011 | By Mary Banham

Mary Banham was 27 when she attended the Festival of Britain. She visited the South Bank Exhibition in 1951 with her late husband, Peter Reyner Banham, who as an editor on the AR went on to write a number of critical essays on the Festival and the significance it held for post-war British modernism. 25 years later, Mary Banham co-curated the V&A’s exhibition, A Tonic to the Nation

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Trevor Dannatt Subscription

28 June 2011 | By Trevor Dannatt

Trevor Dannatt was 28 years old when he joined the Festival Hall Design Team, headed by Leslie Martin, but working under the associate architect Peter Moro, who held special responsibility for the interiors. Sneaking off from time to time to oversee the construction of a small tea bar, he got to know the South Bank site very well, both during the Festival of Britain and afterward, and to this day turns a keen eye to the future of this popular London site. Here he recalls his 1951 experience ...

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Terry Farrell Subscription

28 June 2011 | By Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell reflects on the South Bank Exhibition’s impact on London, from the opening up of the public realm, to the creation of a major riverside walkway

Art Deco City hall by Enrique Nieto, Melilla, Spain

The North African city of Melilla is a surprising and ornate melange of Spanish colonial heritage Subscription

26 May 2011 | By Chris Hellier

Spanish colonisation of north africa turned the city of Melilla into a marvel of Modernisme and Art Nouveau, with a wealth of buildings now being restored

The rebirth of Port-au-Prince\'s historic Iron Market

The rebirth of Port-au-Prince's historic Iron Market Subscription

28 April 2011 | By Raymund Ryan

The restoration of Port-au-Prince’s Iron Market after last year’s earthquake is the latest chapter in the life of one of the city’s most remarkable buildings

Situating Stirling - Robert Maxwell

Situating Stirling - Robert Maxwell Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Robert Maxwell

As Tate Britain’s James Stirling exhibition opens, selected critics evaluate his legacy. Robert Maxwell interprets Stirling as the master of Mannerism

Situating Stirling - Brian Hatton

Situating Stirling - Brian Hatton Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Brian Hatton

Brian Hatton delves into Stirling’s photo archive, discovering how youthful observations of Liverpool were a rich source of material for his practice

Situating Stirling: Five viewpoints Subscription

30 March 2011

The AR asked five of its esteemed contributors to reflect on the legacy of James Stirling for architectural historians and practitioners today

Ramps ascend through the Virgilio Barca public library to rooftop terraces and an outdoor auditorium. It is a luxurious people’s palace, a celebration of the library as a place of learning

A tribute to Rogelio Salmona, the greatest of Colombian modernists and Bogotá’s maestro of brick Subscription

25 January 2011 | By Michael Webb

Colombian modernist Rogelio Salmona had an Enriching and enduring impact on Bogotá through his mastery of brick

Fan vaults of the Founders Chapel soffit in 12th-century Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire

The romantic and pragmatic history of the fan vault has lessons for contemporary structures Subscription

21 December 2010 | By Peter Salter

Architect peter salter records the english innovation of the fan vault, a pragmatic and romantic alternative to the gothic arch that has challenged his thoughts on contemporary skins


Why Criticsm Matters

Critical Mass: Why Architectural Criticism Matters Subscription

28 May 2014 | By Michael Sorkin

By seeing beyond the glittering novelty of form, it is criticism's role to assess and promote the positive effects architecture can bring to society and the wider world

Troubles in Theory V

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

30 January 2014 | By Anthony Vidler

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?


Architecture Becomes Music Subscription

6 May 2013 | By

As abstract art forms based on rhythm, proportion and harmony, architecture and music share a clear cultural lineage. Now, through digital expression, architecture can attain new heights of creative supremacy

Theory Carousel

Troubles in theory Part iv: The social side Subscription

10 April 2013 | By Anthony Vidler

Techno-fetishists may have argued for a scientifically determined architecture in the ’60s and ’70s, but at the same time more politically engaged voices were calling for the reinterpretation of space as an arena for the lived experiences of the everyday

Typical spread from ‘Stocktaking (AR February 1960), with tradition and technology running in parallel columns

Troubles in Theory Part III: The Great Divide: Technology vs Tradition Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Anthony Vidler

The great divide: technology vs tradition

From its ‘war address’ in Cheam, the AR surveys a brave new post-war world in August 1945

Troubles in Theory Part II: Picturesque to Postmodernism Subscription

20 December 2011 | By Anthony Vidler

The second essay in AR’s series: Troubles in Theory

Artist Madelon Vriesendorp’s cover design for Charles Jencks’s The Story of Post-Modernism depicts some of the author’s contemporary (and perhaps unwitting) examples of the movement

Reassessing Postmodernism Subscription

30 October 2011 | By Colin Fournier

As a major exhibition opens at the V&A on the same subject, Charles Jencks has published an account of Postmodernism’s historic and unfolding story. While the author includes many recent architectural projects, these later examples emerge as antithetical to the movement’s original intent. But if the current crop of architecture is devoid of meaning, could Postmodernism find a future in the complexity of the city and a world of rapid scientific and technological transition?

Cedric Price features on the cover of Architectural Design, October 1970


21 September 2011 | By Anthony Vilder

Becoming a subject of interest to those beyond the profession in the late 1960s, architecture - and its theory - in turn opened up to outside influences. An anti-institutional ideology, with strong French philosophical connections - Foucault, Barthes, Derrida - served to undermine architecture’s own disciplinary focus. Key figures - Summerson, Banham, Eisenman - sought to regain the lost territory, but a unified theory of architecture remains elusive. The first of three essays outlines ...

The Autopoiesis of Architecture dissected, discussed and decoded

The Autopoiesis of Architecture dissected, discussed and decoded Subscription

4 March 2011 | By

In the autopoiesis of architecture, Patrik Schumacher introduces a new unifying theory of architecture. Peter Buchanan decodes, dissects and weighs up Schumacher’s arguments


Opera Index

Typology Quarterly: Opera Houses Subscription

25 October 2013 | By

Since its birth in the Renaissance, opera has been claimed as a reincarnation of community-forming Greek drama, while being used to represent the power of the state - whether feudal, dictatorial or democratic


Typology Quarterly: Museums Subscription

19 December 2012 | By Antonello Marotta


Typology Quarterly: Offices Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

Conceived in an era of command and control, constrained by paper and fixed technology, reflective of hierarchy and order with a culture of presenteeism and paternalism, the traditional fixed and stratified office is evolving to embrace more fluid and intuitive ways of working

Patients at St Bartholomew\'s Hospital, Lodnon in 1929 being wheeled out in their beds

Typology Quarterly: Hospitals Subscription

27 April 2012 | By Sunand Prasad

Ancient civilisation advocated letting the wider world’s healing power flow through the body and mind, but the industrialisation of healthcare isolated patients from these larger contexts. From city centres to sylvan settings, today’s hospitals must reintegrate the public realm into the healing process

Jan Steen, A School for Boys and Girls, c.1670

Typology Quarterly: Schools Subscription

29 March 2012 | By Christian Kuhn

In the industrial era, schools developed as highly controlled environments to instil the discipline to thrive in a machine age. Now, to prepare pupils for success in a knowledge economy, the evolving typology is more fluidly conceived to provide flexibility, connectivity, and spaces for social and educational encounters

Robert Smirke’s much loved 1857 British Library is one of the most famous examples of the radial plan, which was introduced into library design to enable the efficient monitoring of readers by librarians

Typology Quarterly: Libraries Subscription

2 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent public library projects in the first of a major new quarterly series on typology


Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo Subscription

1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture designed by Snøhetta takes the form of a knot in the desert that holds resources which have fuelled the global economy. A cluster inspired by striped pebbles contains a children\'s \'discovery zone\' and a

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture by Snøhetta Subscription

1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

Rolex Learning Center  SANAA

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA Subscription

1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

The National Library of China is the third largest in the world. It is divided into three layers: an earthbound historic base, translucent central portion and  digital roof layer

National Library of China by KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten Subscription

1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

Poised like giant boulders above the basin  of Medellín, Columbia, the Biblioteca España conjures up the appearance of a religious statue as it lends visual order to the jumbled city townscape below

Biblioteca España by Giancarlo Mazzanti & Arquitectos Subscription

1 November 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology

The X-shaped plan points to four landmarks in the bomb-damaged city of William the Conqueror

Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale by OMA: Rem Koolhaas, Clement Blanchet Subscription

28 October 2011 | By Oriel Prizeman

Oriel Prizeman examines six recent libraries in the first of a new quarterly series on typology



Leon Krier on sustainable urbanism and the legible city Subscription

27 February 2014 | By Leon Krier

The angst of backwardness and its consequences: Reflecting on the huge changes that have occurred in London over his long career, Leon Krier argues in this essay that it is traditional urbanism - not dense Modernism - that offers the solutions to the planet’s ecological problems

Ordos Ghost House

Hollow promises: the ghost town Ai Weiwei built Subscription

23 September 2013 | By

The Western media mock the emptiness of the vast Chinese city of Ordos, but the true failure is Ai Weiwei’s disastrous attempts at development


Los Angeles: A crucible of contention Subscription

30 July 2013 | By Michael Webb

Beset by curatorial and funding issues, a new survey of Los Angeles architects at MOCA is a missed opportunity, with genuine talent lost in an undiscriminating blare of projects


Letting Loose Los angeles in the seventies Subscription

10 July 2013 | By

Fantastic mirrored pachyderms coexist with an all too real landscape of strip malls and freeways in a new exhibition on Los Angeles that examines the city’s capacity to stimulate radical responses to space, structure and patterns of use


What will the Neighbours Think? Los Angeles looks back to the future Subscription

4 June 2013 | By

Elastic, plastic and anarchic, Los Angeles is a city seduced by dreams of the future that feed its hunger for experimentation. A major series of new exhibitions revisits and reframes its colourful recent past


Living Bits and Bricks Subscription

24 April 2012 | By Carlo Ratti, Alex Haw

From brick to rare earth metal, the elements of our architecture - though remaining geological in origin - have evolved to the point of bursting into life, rather than merely mimicking biological form. This presages a brave new feedback-fuelled world where we don’t just inhabit our architecture but integrate with it

A radical new masterplan for Doha cultivates a sustainable urban model, with buildings that embody a modern expression of Qatari culture

A radical new masterplan for Doha Subscription

28 April 2011 | By Will Hunter

Part of the Qatari capital of Doha is being redeveloped to reconnect with the traditional urban patterns and textures of historic Arab cities

Dharavi comprises informal and formal housing provision, seen here with SRA housing rising high above the blanket of informal colonies. This block was opened in 2002 and visited by Prince Charles in 2003

Investigating the redevelopment of India’s most famous informal settlement, Dharavi Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Following a visit to Mumbai’s largest informal settlement, the AR reports on the government’s plan to displace residents when it redevelops Dharavi

Diagram showing west London as a network of self-contained village or town centres, each with their own particular character. The Farrells scheme fills the gap and adds to this rich urban matrix

Grand plans are afoot in Earls Court as Terry Farrell reveals his masterplan Subscription

July 2010 | By Sutherland Lyall

Masterplanning is not big architecture, as Terry Farrell’s winning proposal for the competition to redevelop London’s Earls Court illustrates

Map of Ghent from 1649, showing the compact, medieval character of the city encircled by a protective canal and bastions. At its heart are St Bavo’s Catherdral and St Nicholas’ Church

Medieval roots meeting modern interventions add piquancy to Ghent's urban condition Subscription

1 June 2010 | By Lucy Bullivant

Flemish practice Robbrecht en Daem is applying a sense of pragmatism and delight to its major renovation of ghent’s public squares

CityCentre, an amalgamation of hotels, casinos, residences and public spaces, opened this year

Las Vegas, USA – MGM's $8.5 billion development, CityCentre Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Lucy Bullivant

The most expensive development in US history tries to redefine junkspace urbanism on the strip

In Carnisse, this proposal by DaF Architects empowers flat owners to refurbish and improve their blocks. To stem a spiral of decline, solutions must be practical and well as social. This acts as a catalyst for the improvement of the overall area

Wouter Vanstiphout of Crimson Architectural Historians on how Rotterdam’s Biennale is giving impetus to a new set of urban plans Subscription

September 2009 | By Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost

Maakbaarheid, a uniquely Dutch concept of social improvement through architeture, has given impetus to a set of new urban proposals for the Rotterdam Biennale

Nine of the cities, shown at the same scale for comparison

New York practice WORKac takes 49 urban designs back to the drawing board Subscription

August 2009 | By Jaffer Kolb

A New York practice standardises some of the most famous urban design proposals in history, with eye-opening results

Florian Beigel's proposals for Saemangeum, a new metropolis in South Korea Subscription

June 2009 | By Kieran Long

An ideas competition in Saemangeum in South Korea has seen Florian Beigel’s ideas expressed on an epic scale, envisage a city of islands reclaimed from a lagoon



Revisiting Siza: An archaeology of the future Video Subscription

27 January 2015 | By

Álvaro Siza’s Quinta da Malagueira estate offers radical lessons in the relationship of architecture and time


Lethbridge University: The Spaceship-like Prairie School Comes of Age Subscription

13 February 2014 | By Hadani Ditmars

In the late 1960s, Arthur Erickson’s heroic campus for the University of Lethbridge in Alberta emerged from the coulées of the Canadian prairie. Assailed by insensitive additions of intervening decades, a new masterplan promises renewal



31 January 2013

Two office buildings in Sacramento, California. The Bateson Building, completed in 1978, and the Lincoln Center in 1986 take different approaches to environmental concerns, using concrete, organic materials and an unusual air-conditioning system

Marl Primary School

Learning from Scharoun's Marl School Subscription

23 October 2012 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Scharoun’s school in the mining town of Marl has been saved from demolition and is being converted for use as a music school, preserving a pioneering facet of his contribution to the fabric of postwar Germany


10 Years On: Evaluating kroll’s eco school Subscription

1 February 2012 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Ten years ago, the AR published a new secondary school at Caudry in northern France by Lucien Kroll, which marked an important advance in green building. The result of an architect/contractor competition, the school had to meet a demanding list of ecological criteria. As reported in January 2002 these were met and the school got off to a good start. But how has its life developed?

Instead of repeating the brick infill, solid parts have been clad in coloured anodised aluminium panels to give the concrete building a new image. Photo credit: Daniel Hopkinson


27 September 2011 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Inspired by Corb’s Unité, Park Hill in Sheffield is Europe’s largest listed building. Designed in the 1960s by two pioneering architects, it thronged with international visitors for the next decade. Yet as Modernist high-rises and equality fell out of fashion, the socialist ideal turned into a ghetto. Today, developer Urban Splash is animating its streets again with a bold programme



Air Apparent: Pneumatic Structures Subscription

3 April 2014 | By Will Mclean

First posited in the 1960s, the idea of pneumatic structures as a progressive and lightweight alternative to ‘normal' construction has renewed relevance to the current re-evaluation of energy use and new forms of climatically responsive envelopes

Eco-Tourism Huts

Learning by Building Subscription

7 October 2013 | By Hans Skotte

Live projects are growing in popularity worldwide. In this essay we visit NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, where this teaching method is an essential part of the curriculum

Inflatable Concrete Domes

Skill: Inflatable Concrete Domes Subscription

31 January 2013 | By Will Mclean

Frustrated by both expensive and labour-intensive methods of moulding concrete with steel or wooden formwork, Italian architect Dante Bini pioneered ‘air structures’: gigantic balloons that could be covered with a thin layer of concrete then inflated to form domes in a matter of hours


Recasting Terracotta Subscription

28 May 2012 | By Will Mclean

Cast, glazed and fired, clay is the original mass-produced building material. Today, innovative production technologies are opening a new chapter in the biography of this versatile substance

Building with Bamboo


31 January 2012

An increasingly used renewable local resource, Bamboo, is being innovatively used to build a primary school in Thailand

In the Frame

In the frame Subscription

31 October 2011 | By Will Mclean

An overarching challange: reciprocal-framed structures

A clever use of Styrofoam to cast the svelte carcass of Paul Smih\'s latest flagship store

House? Boat? Iceberg? Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Rob Gregory

Paul Smith’s latest flagship store by Kim Chan-Joong/System Lab, Seoul, South Korea

AIA Pavilion

AIA Pavilion 2011 by Gernot Riether, New Orleans, USA Subscription

29 April 2011 | By Rob Gregory

A hydroponic pavilion for the 2011 AIA convention in New Orleans cleverly exploits sugar cane plastic

Athlete\'s Village

Athletes Village Block N15 by Niall Mclaughlin Architects, Stratford, London Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Rob Gregory

Niall McLaughlin replicates the Elgin Marbles as a facade for London’s Olympic Village housing

Marble Mural by Point Supreme, Interior Design Show 2010, Athens, Greece

Marble Mural by Point Supreme, Interior Design Show 2010, Athens, Greece Subscription

4 March 2011 | By James Pockson

How the art and craft of marble carving, cutting and printing comes together in a spectacular mural. Photography by Giannis Drakoulidis

When not in use by artists, the set becomes a rest space for visitors to the biennial

O Outro, O Mesmo, São Paulo, Brazil and Shanghai, China Subscription

21 December 2010 | By James Pockson

Cardboard shakes off its functional connotations to form an unlikely material for two art installations

The Earth Pavilion was built as part of the 2010 Start Festival’s A Garden Party to Make a Difference, hosted by the Prince of Wales

Earth Pavilion by Peter Rich Architects and Michael Ramage, London, UK Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Peter Rich investigates masonry vault structures for the Prince of Wales’ sustainability garden party. Photography by Michael Ramage

Workshop by Studio Mumbai, Alibaug, India Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Based in a plantation in Alibaug, the Studio Mumbai workshop demonstrates a return to craft

Cladding nearing completion on the largest, social module

Halley VI Antarctic Research Station by Hugh Broughton Architects, Brunt Ice Self, Antarctica Subscription

July 2010 | By Ruth Slavid

Hugh Broughton Architects cracks a cladding conundrum its Antarctic research station on skis. Photography by Andy Cheatle, David Southwood and the British Antarctic Survey

Richmond Olympic Oval by Fast + EPP, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Rob Gregory

The world’s longest glulam wood/steel arches at Richmond’s Olympic skating venue

RMIT Design Hub by Sean Godsell Architects, Melbourne, Australia Subscription

1 March 2010 | By Rob Gregory

A nine story tower of flexible loft-like structures cloaked by 774 sequin-like glass discs

In the tradition of the belvedere, the architect wanted to frame a principal view – in this instance, the sky

Osnaburgh Street Pavilion by Carmody Groarke, London, UK Subscription

1 February 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Carmody Groarke’s refined, stainless steel Osnaburgh Pavilion. Photography by Luke Hayes

An adaptation of the tsugite technique was used to join 4m lengths of Japanese cypress

Mokuzai Kaikan Office by Tomohiko Yamanashi and Takeyuki Katsuya, Nikken Sekkei, Shinkiba, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

1 January 2010 | By Rob Gregory

The Japanese Association of Wood Wholesalers’ fitting exemplar for the use of wood

Sustainable Mountain Hut by Studio Monte Rosa

Sustainable Mountain Hut by Studio Monte Rosa, Monte Rosa, Switzerland Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Steven Spier

The new Monte Rosa hut sits on Switzerland’s second highest Alpine peak, with impressive views of the neighbouring Matterhorn. Building in such a remote and inhospitable landscape presented huge challenges, not least the difficulties of transporting materials to the site

The completed children\'s play pavilion creates an ambiguous enclosure, likened by its architect to a forest clearing

Forest of Net Pavilion by Twzuka Architects, Hakone Open-air Museum, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan Subscription

1 October 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Twzuka Architects’ giant inverted bird’s nest of interlocked timber beams. Photography by Katsuhisa Kida/Fototeca

Exploring Eye


Interview with Photographer Iwan Baan Subscription

14 March 2014 | By Simon Esterson

Iwan Baan is the most sought after architectural photographer on earth. Living entirely from suitcases and hotel rooms, he is courted by architectural royalty the world over. As his new show 52 Weeks, 52 Cities opens in Herford, Germany, Baan speaks to the AR’s creative director Simon Esterson about his photography and fascination with ordinary people’s extraordinary use of space


Unsung Devotion: Gallego Martínez's cathedral of a lifetime Subscription

6 August 2013 | By Patricia Mato-Mora

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and fabricated from scavenged materials, this eccentric Spanish cathedral is a unique architectural bricolage that may never be complete


Japan after the storm Subscription

19 July 2013 | By Yuki Sumner

Despite being given no formal role in the recovery programme following the 2011 tsunami, Japanese architects are engaging with communities and devising strategies that respond to the aftermath and plan for the future


RUINS OF UTOPIA Subscription

29 March 2013 | By Robert Mull, Xenia Adjoubei

Built by Moisei Ginzburg in 1929 as a Constructivist machine for radical living, Moscow’s Narkomfin Building immediately fell foul of Stalinist orthodoxy and now rots in a climate of state neglect and apathy

A young family walk home after a long night of ‘cultural expression’


21 September 2011 | By Declan O'Neill

The 12 July celebrations in Belfast have been branded as a retail-friendly attraction by the local government, but the move belies the cultural provocation of a sectarian ritual. Essay and photographs by Declan O’Neill

Bärbel Högner documents daily life in Chandigarh, exploring how the buildings and spaces are colonised

Bärbel Högner documents daily life in Chandigarh, exploring how the buildings and spaces are colonised Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Bärbel Högner

Chandigarh’s buildings and spaces are brought vividly to life by its residents, but the city now faces a challening future as India’s economy booms. Photography by Bärbel Högner

The elevated house belonging to the chief\'s son utilises modern stilt construction

Jon Beswick visits Ambryn Island on the remote Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu and describes its traditions Subscription

27 May 2011 | By Jon Beswick

On the volcanic island of ambryn in the pacific archipelago of vanuatu, local building traditions and a fascinating, primitive way of life continue to endure

Frédéric Chaubin surveys the relics of the former Soviet Union

Frédéric Chaubin surveys the relics of the former Soviet Union Subscription

March 2011 | By Frédéric Chaubin

As the soviet union crumbled, it gave rise to a chaotic age of building. Yet poetic images of its decay spark an unexpected rebirth of architectural imagination

Metropolitan Cathedral of our Lady Apericida: souvenir sellers on duty in the entrance square next to four Dante Croce bronze sculptures, each three metres high, representing the Evangelists

Duccio Malagamba navigates the vast lengths and breadths of Brasilia Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Duccio Malagamba, Translated by Anthony Ellis

As the city of Brasilia turns 50, photographer and writer Duccio Malagamba captures the everyday life of this super-scaled utopia

The Batek village on the edge of primary jungle

Exploring Eye: The Batek tribe of Malaysia and their architecture Subscription

22 September 2010 | By Jon Beswick

A journey into the dense rainforest of Malaysia reveals the nomadic Batek tribe and their traditional style of vernacular architecture

A savannah hut with thatched roof, north of the equator. This building type is virtually identical to those found in parts of Angola, on the south-west coast of Africa

Exploring Eye: West Africa's vernacular architecture Subscription

14 May 2010 | By Jon Beswick

The relationship between climate, construction trends and human influence in West African vernacular architecture

Characteristic timber buttresses on a typical Casbah townhouse

The Casbah in context: World Heritage Site under threat Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Dennis Gilbert

The Casbah in Algeria’s capital Algiers is a World Heritage Site steeped in History, but overcrowding and neglect now threaten this ancient neighbourhood

Thatched canopy structures on a beach in Benin

The fabulous diversity of vernacular architecture along the west coast of Africa Subscription

September 2009 | By Jon Beswick

The AR travels through three climatic zones on the West coast of Africa to discover the region’s myriad strands of vernacular architecture

The interior of Firoz Shah\'s tomb with a Jali screen above the doors and a small chatri in the background

A personal look at the Hauz Khas complex in Dehli Subscription

July 2009 | By Michael Howe

Stumbling upon Delhi’s Hauz Khas complex, the AR finds a marriage of medieval architecture and modern consumerism

Short essays: big ideas, succinctly argued

architecture the movie

Lights, camera, architecture! Subscription

30 January 2015 | By Davide Rapp

Cinema and architecture share common languages and challenges writes Davide Rapp whose Elements film was a mesmerising highlight of the 2014 Venice Biennale


How tech giant Airbnb is rewriting the rulebook on domestic architecture and fueling a housing crisis

23 September 2014

Thanks to the ‘sharing economy’, domestic space is less a private realm than a commodity. Can design make this process work for everyone and not just homeowners and investors, asks Luis Ortega Govela?


Doing Disability Differently

6 September 2014 | By Jos Boys

Grounded in compliance, accessibility is rarely seen as a creative starting point for design. Jos Boys argues that rethinking ability and architecture offers a powerful tool to design differently


Scents of Place: The Power of the Olfactory

3 August 2014 | By Victoria Henshaw

A historical disdain for the sense of smell diminishes architecture’s experiential potency, says Victoria Henshaw

Big Rethink


The Big Rethink Conclusion Subscription

5 June 2013 | By

Drawing on the lessons of the series, the final part of the Big Rethink proposes a new kind of prototypical neighbourhood that expresses a more resonant connection with all aspects of the human condition and suggests a genuinely enriching approach to indivual and communal life