The magnificent ruin of St Peter’s Cardross has recently been thrown a lifeline after decades of neglect, but many other significant buildings commissioned by religious orders remain under threat
Playboy, that great icon of American pop culture, owed its existence for many years to gambling revenue from Blighty
The persistent use of imagery from the ruins of Great Zimbabwe points to a universal desire to connect with atavistic cultural roots
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
Through a historical study of the connections between architecture, gender and desire, Ayla Lepine reveals the invisibility and marginalisation of queer history
While architects who turned to vernacular precedents in the 1930s have typically been called reactionary, is it time we reassessed their work as proto-Postmodernism – or abandoned such categories entirely?
From a child’s archetypal drawing to Alberti’s notion of it as a link in a chain, the house is an idea as much as a building, writes Joseph Rykwert
Just what is it that makes South American architecture so appealing?
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
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
A short sharp graphic call to arms designed to stimulate the synapses. The campaign for a more humane architecture begins here
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
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
[ARCHIVE] James Gowan’s distnctive monopitch housing in Essex playfully enhances ‘cost yardstick’ housing
[ARCHIVE] Like a glass UFO alongside Hampstead Heath, Gowan’s swimming pool is both graceful and technically striking
[ARCHIVE] Brick walls carrying bare concrete slabs create a rich mixture of rough and smooth in one of Stirling and Gowan’s first joint projects
[ARCHIVE] Face House humanised a dreary street in downtown Kyoto
[ARCHIVE] Charles Correa’s Assembly complex is an amalgam of elements from history intricately woven together without kitsch
[ARCHIVE] This new housing scheme at Belapur offers hope for New Bombay, a city first promoted by Correa and a group of colleagues in the 1960s
[ARCHIVE] Correa’s plan is based on a Vastupurusha mandala as described in the ancient Vedic text
[ARCHIVE] Correa reinterprets the timeless quality of India into a building which resists the obvious western label of museum.
Archive: October 1940. Editor JM Richards, under the pseudonym James MacQueady, provides sharp criticism of Gilbert Scott’s New Bodleian Library
[ARCHIVE] Without spoiling the beauty of the park, a residential quarter was to be built putting into practice modern principles of architecture and town planning