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Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, St Peter's Seminary Cardross, 1961-66

Modern monasteries Subscription Required

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


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

Colin Crickmay, house at Jordans, c.1937

Reinventing the traditional house in the age of Modernism Subscription Required

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?


In search of a lost house Subscription Required

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


'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

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


Housing at East Hanningfield, Essex by James Gowan Subscription Required

[ARCHIVE] James Gowan’s distnctive monopitch housing in Essex playfully enhances ‘cost yardstick’ housing


Swimming Pool in Hampstead by James Gowan Subscription Required

[ARCHIVE] Like a glass UFO alongside Hampstead Heath, Gowan’s swimming pool is both graceful and technically striking


Flats at Ham Common by Stirling and Gowan Subscription Required

[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

Yamashita's Face House

Face House in Kyoto, Japan by Kazumasa Yamashita Subscription Required

[ARCHIVE] Face House humanised a dreary street in downtown Kyoto


Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in Bhopal, India by Charles Correa Subscription Required

[ARCHIVE] Charles Correa’s Assembly complex is an amalgam of elements from history intricately woven together without kitsch


Belapur Housing in Navi Mumbai, India by Charles Correa Subscription Required

[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


Nehru Memorial Museum in Jaipur, India by Charles Correa Subscription Required

[ARCHIVE] Correa’s plan is based on a Vastupurusha mandala as described in the ancient Vedic text


Crafts Museum in Delhi, India by Charles Correa Subscription Required

[ARCHIVE] Correa reinterprets the timeless quality of India into a building which resists the obvious western label of museum.


New Bodleian Library in Oxford by Giles Gilbert Scott Subscription Required

Archive: October 1940. Editor JM Richards, under the pseudonym James MacQueady, provides sharp criticism of Gilbert Scott’s New Bodleian Library


Flats at Rio de Janeiro by Lucio Costa Subscription Required

[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