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British architecture before the Great War: Part One Subscription Required

By inspecting pre 1914 architecture, 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

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Shattered Glass: The history of architectural photography Subscription Required

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

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The Big Rethink revisited: BECOMING EARTHLINGS Subscription Required

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

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Troubles in Theory Part VI: From Utopia to Heterotopia Subscription Required

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

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

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’?

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Style is the Man: Charles Jencks Subscription Required

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

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

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

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Mies: Behind the Smoke Screen Subscription Required

A major new monograph on Mies by the late Detlef Mertins seeks the enigma behind the cigar

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It's a Small World, After All Subscription Required

Nicholas Olsberg reflects on the history of the now rehabilitated Ground Zero site through the story of Minoru Yamasaki’s World Trade Center

AR History

The Architectural Review was founded in 1896, on the cusp of the 20th century. The cover of the first issue bore the legend ‘a magazine for the artist and craftsman’, though this subsequently became ‘artist, archaeologist, designer and craftsman’, thus firmly setting its sights on Victorian polymaths everywhere

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Lubetkin in Russia: From civil war-ravaged USSR to Socialist Realism Subscription Required

Lifelong Marxist and proletarian architect Berthold Lubetkin shed light on all things Russian, critically presenting the stories of avant-garde Soviet architecture, Constructivism and Socialist Realism to the rest of the world

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The Importance of Being Ernö: Goldfinger from wooden toys to 'spatial feeling' Subscription Required

Ernö Goldfinger’s AR articles formed the first verbal articulation of his architecture’s marked and expressive spatial feeling

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Overcrowding and Oversprawl Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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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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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