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Striped house in Kensington, London

The curious history of striped architecture Subscription Required

A red-and-white-striped townhouse has ruffled feathers in London’s Kensington, but this garish decorative style has a noble, if checkered, history


How the London Playboy Club bankrolled Hef’s empire Subscription Required

Playboy, that great icon of American pop culture, owed its existence for many years to gambling revenue from Blighty


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


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


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


'Latin America was a place where Modernist dreams came true' Subscription Required

Just what is it that makes South American architecture so appealing?

IM Pei, Museum for Chinese Art, Shanghai, 1948

IM Pei’s unbuilt 1948 Shanghai Museum Subscription Required

IM Pei’s first project, a Museum for Chinese Art published in 1948, explored themes of Chineseness he returned to 60 years later with his Suzhou Museum, but was misunderstood by Western critics


‘Architecture is now a tool of capital, complicit in a purpose antithetical to its social mission’ Subscription Required

As large housing estates are being demolished and the age of great social democracies recedes, taking with it any notion of an architecture for the public, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf asks if there is any alternative to building capital


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


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


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


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

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


Bank Headquarters in Buenos Aires by Clorindo Testa Subscription Required

Archive: Originally published in February 1963, the winning proposal broke away from the accepted pattern of bank design and made no concession to the conservatism of commercial architecture in Argentina


Church at Atlantida, Uruguay, by Eladio Dieste Subscription Required

Archive: Dieste’s undulating brick walls were originally published in the AR in September 1961


AR Archive, September 1963: Housing in New York, Washington, Chicago and Philadelphia by IM Pei & Associates

James Marston Fitch reports on a series of housing projects in the USA, the early works of the then newly founded IM Pei & Associates


AR Archive, April 1947: Theatre at Malmö by Lallerstedt, Lewerentz and Helldén Subscription Required

In this study from the AR Archive, Arla Breithel visits Lewerentz’s 1944 functionalist masterpiece


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


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


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


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


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

Kenneth Clark Index

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



Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale 2014

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

The AR Drawings Blog