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The Imaginary of ‘Africanness’ in South African Architecture Subscription Required

The persistent use of imagery from the ruins of Great Zimbabwe points to a universal desire to connect with atavistic cultural roots

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Australian Ugliness Subscription Required

Emma Letizia Jones revisits Robin Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness, and asks whether it is ever possible to give valid form to a displaced culture in an alien landscape

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Queer Gothic: Architecture, gender and desire Subscription Required

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

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Part Two: British architecture after the Great War Subscription Required

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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Part One: British architecture before the Great War Subscription Required

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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Humanplan: a 21st century pocket manifesto for architects Subscription Required

A short sharp graphic call to arms designed to stimulate the synapses. The campaign for a more humane architecture begins here

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Personalising climate control: architecture operating based on our lifestyle patterns Subscription Required

As real-time sensing and actuating systems – thermal clouds, acoustic enclaves, light responsive canopies – are integrated into the built environment, buildings will become aware of occupants

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Two decades of Herzog & de Meuron Subscription Required

Seen as unknowns when they were picked to design the Tate Modern in 1995, Herzog and de Meuron have today morphed into a ubiquitous global practice - yet their work continues to surprise with its subtle singularities

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Ecological Urbanism Subscription Required

Architects have been steadily pushed out of urban design but through embracing Ecological Urbanism may reclaim their authority and create cities in symbiotic harmony with nature

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In what style shall we build? Subscription Required

A new book by Farshid Moussavi argues that style in architecture needs to focus on individual aesthetic responses rather than shared understandings. And yet, as clients continue to commission ‘icons’, how should architects approach the question of meaning in architecture?

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Empty gestures: Starchitecture's Swan Song Subscription Required

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

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Architecture and the Computer: A Contested History Subscription Required

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

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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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1990 December: A Primer for the Prince Subscription Required

In this feature from the AR Archive, Peter Davey responds to the Prince of Wales, arguing that all of his Ten Principles can be fulfilled within Modernism

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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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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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