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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Enigmatic Mackintosh: Fact meets fiction in Esther Freud's Mr Mac and Me Subscription Required

This luminous novel breathes new life into Mackintosh, both as an architect and as a man

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There is No Alternative: The New Urban Question Subscription Required

Merrifield’s study draws effective connections between urban theory and political activism, but relies on finding militancy in the most mundane

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George Cantacuzino: Romania's Forgotten Modernist Subscription Required

Despite a life that reads as a string of humiliations and disasters, George Matei Cantacuzino, ‘Romania’s forgotten modernist’, was a noble architect set upon by barbarians

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Don't Mention the Architecture: Kahn and Hollein Retrospectives Subscription Required

Two retrospecives of great architect-curators reach for wider appeal but stray towards misrepresentation. Who, then, is to curate these curators?

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Gorilla Tactics: Disobedient Objects at the V&A Subscription Required

Two exhibitions at the V&A explore design’s use as a physical and visual tool for protest

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Catholic Taste: Building the Modern Church Subscription Required

Interweaving religious and architectural debate, a study of the modern church charts the changing expression of Roman Catholic identity

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In for the Kill: Buildings Must Die Subscription Required

Moving beyond ruin lust and decay-porn, this study seeks to analyse far more than what distinguishes dirt from patina

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The Big House: Incarceration and Exhibition Subscription Required

Drawing a comparison between the architecture of prisons and museums, a study by Joe Day explores the duality of concealment and display in exhibition and incarceration

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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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