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Leon Krier on sustainable urbanism and the legible city Subscription Required

The angst of backwardness and its consequences: Reflecting on the huge changes that have occurred in London over his long career, Leon Krier argues in this essay that it is traditional urbanism - not dense Modernism - that offers the solutions to the planet’s ecological problems

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Hollow promises: the ghost town Ai Weiwei built Subscription Required

The Western media mock the emptiness of the vast Chinese city of Ordos, but the true failure is Ai Weiwei’s disastrous attempts at development


Los Angeles: A crucible of contention Subscription Required

Beset by curatorial and funding issues, a new survey of Los Angeles architects at MOCA is a missed opportunity, with genuine talent lost in an undiscriminating blare of projects


Letting Loose Los angeles in the seventies Subscription Required

Fantastic mirrored pachyderms coexist with an all too real landscape of strip malls and freeways in a new exhibition on Los Angeles that examines the city’s capacity to stimulate radical responses to space, structure and patterns of use


What will the Neighbours Think? Los Angeles looks back to the future Subscription Required

Elastic, plastic and anarchic, Los Angeles is a city seduced by dreams of the future that feed its hunger for experimentation. A major series of new exhibitions revisits and reframes its colourful recent past


Living Bits and Bricks Subscription Required

From brick to rare earth metal, the elements of our architecture - though remaining geological in origin - have evolved to the point of bursting into life, rather than merely mimicking biological form. This presages a brave new feedback-fuelled world where we don’t just inhabit our architecture but integrate with it

A radical new masterplan for Doha cultivates a sustainable urban model, with buildings that embody a modern expression of Qatari culture

A radical new masterplan for Doha Subscription Required

Part of the Qatari capital of Doha is being redeveloped to reconnect with the traditional urban patterns and textures of historic Arab cities

Dharavi comprises informal and formal housing provision, seen here with SRA housing rising high above the blanket of informal colonies. This block was opened in 2002 and visited by Prince Charles in 2003

Investigating the redevelopment of India’s most famous informal settlement, Dharavi Subscription Required

Following a visit to Mumbai’s largest informal settlement, the AR reports on the government’s plan to displace residents when it redevelops Dharavi


Hole-hearted design: The Evolution of Shell Lace Structure Subscription Required

A modest book of office-based research displays exceptionally beautiful and economic structural principles


The Architectural Association Diploma Honours Reviewed Subscription Required

The 2014 Diploma Honours, highest award bestowed on AA graduating students, showcase a wide spectrum of projects and unveil very distinct visions for the future of architecture

How is Architecture Political

Architecture Exchange: How is Architecture Political? Subscription Required

Featuring leading theorists in the field, the symposium demonstrated the vital importance of architecture’s political dimension

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Cybernetic Serendipity: The Politics of Thinking Machines Subscription Required

This timely exhibition claims the rise of cybernetics has evolved from a self-governing technological system to a political model encompassing significant limitations

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Ettore Sottsass: The Man from Memphis Subscription Required

Philippe Thomé’s exhaustive folio of one of the 20th century’s most important designers


Indisputable Genius: Frank Gehry Retrospective Subscription Required

Two Frank Gehry exhibitions in Paris look back at 50 years of his work and make for slick PR presentations - but we will have to wait for a less polished and more probing legacy


Heart of Darkness: Nick Hedges' Photographs for Shelter Subscription Required

Currently being exhibited at the Science Museum, these pictures may not be architectural photography in any sense of the phrase - but their importance in our consideration of the field of architecture is major


Anarchy, State and Utopia: The Power of Infrastructure Space Subscription Required

Cataloguing the strategies of an otherwise unaccountable global order, Extrastatecraft traces the consequences of our material and immaterial infrastructural spaces



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

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