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Why Criticsm Matters

Critical Mass: Why Architectural Criticism Matters Subscription

28 May 2014 | By Michael Sorkin

By seeing beyond the glittering novelty of form, it is criticism's role to assess and promote the positive effects architecture can bring to society and the wider world

Troubles in Theory V

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

30 January 2014 | By Anthony Vidler

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?


Architecture Becomes Music Subscription

6 May 2013 | By

As abstract art forms based on rhythm, proportion and harmony, architecture and music share a clear cultural lineage. Now, through digital expression, architecture can attain new heights of creative supremacy

Theory Carousel

Troubles in theory Part iv: The social side Subscription

10 April 2013 | By Anthony Vidler

Techno-fetishists may have argued for a scientifically determined architecture in the ’60s and ’70s, but at the same time more politically engaged voices were calling for the reinterpretation of space as an arena for the lived experiences of the everyday

Typical spread from ‘Stocktaking (AR February 1960), with tradition and technology running in parallel columns

Troubles in Theory Part III: The Great Divide: Technology vs Tradition Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Anthony Vidler

The great divide: technology vs tradition

From its ‘war address’ in Cheam, the AR surveys a brave new post-war world in August 1945

Troubles in Theory Part II: Picturesque to Postmodernism Subscription

20 December 2011 | By Anthony Vidler

The second essay in AR’s series: Troubles in Theory

Artist Madelon Vriesendorp’s cover design for Charles Jencks’s The Story of Post-Modernism depicts some of the author’s contemporary (and perhaps unwitting) examples of the movement

Reassessing Postmodernism Subscription

30 October 2011 | By Colin Fournier

As a major exhibition opens at the V&A on the same subject, Charles Jencks has published an account of Postmodernism’s historic and unfolding story. While the author includes many recent architectural projects, these later examples emerge as antithetical to the movement’s original intent. But if the current crop of architecture is devoid of meaning, could Postmodernism find a future in the complexity of the city and a world of rapid scientific and technological transition?

Cedric Price features on the cover of Architectural Design, October 1970

Troubles In Theory Part I: The State Of The Art 1945-2000 Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Anthony Vilder

Becoming a subject of interest to those beyond the profession in the late 1960s, architecture - and its theory - in turn opened up to outside influences. An anti-institutional ideology, with strong French philosophical connections - Foucault, Barthes, Derrida - served to undermine architecture’s own disciplinary focus. Key figures - Summerson, Banham, Eisenman - sought to regain the lost territory, but a unified theory of architecture remains elusive. The first of three essays outlines ...

The Autopoiesis of Architecture dissected, discussed and decoded

The Autopoiesis of Architecture dissected, discussed and decoded Subscription

4 March 2011 | By

In the autopoiesis of architecture, Patrik Schumacher introduces a new unifying theory of architecture. Peter Buchanan decodes, dissects and weighs up Schumacher’s arguments