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Architecture And Photography

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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Building Seagram: A Memoir of Mies and Modernism Subscription Required

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

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The Strategies of Mat-building

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

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Air Apparent: Pneumatic Structures

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

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Interview with Photographer Iwan Baan

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

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Architecture and Sculpture: A Dialogue in Los Angeles Subscription Required

Sculptural architecture can be moving, monstrous, or just plain arbitrary: a group of exhibitions in LA explores the borderline between the two spatial disciplines

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Leon Krier on sustainable urbanism and the legible city

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

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

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

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

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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The Animated City and its Decline

The bustling metropolis bustles no more, as emptied docks become waterside developments, markets move to the peripheries and industry elopes, draining the lifeblood of the city

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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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September 1990: Musique Concrete by Edward Cullinan Architects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Troubles in Theory V

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

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

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

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

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