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Chicago Flowering Grid

‘Ornament has always flowered in Chicago’ Subscription Required

[Archive] Ornament could offer the key to a new flowering of architectural expression


White flight, red lining, block busting and panic peddling Subscription Required

[Archive] Chicago’s poor make plain the social responsibilities of the architecture industry

Union Stockyards, Chicago, 1947

Chicago meatspace Subscription Required

The fin-de-siècle Modernism of Chicago was determined by its secret twin city: the South Side Stock Yards and their infrastructural logic

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


Typology: Factories Subscription Required

Commodities flowed from them, along with money for their owners - but the factory also produced new ways of living, of thinking, and of designing


Aimer Fashion Factory in Beijing by Crossboundaries Subscription Required

Crossboundaries’ ‘big shed’ unites retail, administrative and manufacturing functions


Cero K production plant by Max-A in San Carlos, Chile Subscription Required

A semi-translucent skin lends a ghostlike appearance to this sweetener production plant


Skill: Cladding Subscription Required

Large-format units in combination with the latest energy-controlling technology is revolutionising contemporary cladding


‘Ai is a generator, an initiator and a director of architecture’ Subscription Required

The self-taught architect is better known for his art, but Ai Weiwei’s architectural studio has developed a restrained style that speaks to the fundamentals – form, structure, proportion and light


‘Always and everywhere the mystic sense of a community with nature makes its influence felt’ Subscription Required

In 1947, Sir John Pratt documents his grand journey across China


‘Home-grown Chinese architects trained in America return with creative integrity’ Subscription Required

Today, a new generation of architects shows a renewed commitment to design

AR cover October 1969

What is the future of the Architectural Review?

The AR has always stood at the vanguard of change. With print under threat, now is the time to talk and shape the future of the AR


China Art Academy in Hangzhou by Amateur Architecture Studio Subscription Required

[Archive] The campus for China’s leading art school is richly nuanced


‘At every turn, Isozaki's CAFA's play of curves draws you forward’ Subscription Required

[Archive] Arata Isozaki brings Japanese rigour and sensuality to a new art museum


‘This was a romantic art with mountain peaks of fantastic shapes and cloud-capped terraces’ Subscription Required

Although landscape was long the primary theme of Chinese painting, the role of architectural depictions was an incredibly important one


‘These mournful years, unproductive of building, were, however, productive of thought’ Subscription Required

In the early twentieth century, China’s period of modernisation was also one of ‘foreignisation’


‘Nowhere is the Chinese counter-revolution more apparent’ Subscription Required

China’s growing market for contemporary art has spawned an equally revolutionary crop of new buildings


‘Always and everywhere the mystic sense of a community with nature makes its influence felt’ Subscription Required

In 1947, Sir John Pratt documents his grand journey across China


Chinese Architectural Theory Subscription Required

The pattern of Chinese life is made up of the formalities of Confucianism and the informalities of Taoism. It is in the house that the demands of the former are satisifed


National Stadium in Beijing by Herzog and de Meuron Subscription Required

‘For China, the Games were seen as a coming-out party that demanded a worthy symbol’


‘Quantity is rarely matched by quality’ Subscription Required

Back in 2008, China’s focus on rapid expansion left architecture in the slipstream


Cast in Iron: New York's structural heritage Subscription Required

The cast-iron facade gave a character to the street architecture of New York that it would be poorer without