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Leon Krier on sustainable urbanism and the legible city

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

Ordos Ghost House

Hollow promises: the ghost town Ai Weiwei built

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

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

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

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


Exhibition: Ruin Lust at Tate Britain Subscription Required

This broad retrospective on ruins brings together materials form the last three centuries to help us understand our fascination with decaying buildings

index pastoral

Green and Unpleasant: The Grim Romance of Moscow's Suburbs Subscription Required

In capturing remorseless and dystopian landscapes, Alexander Gronsky’s Pastoral unveils the fine line between the charm of the unkempt and the resolutely trashed


Slash and Burn: Burgeoning new interest in iconoclasm Subscription Required

Two books and a recent exhibition at the Tate Britain explore the subject matter but remain within already established grounds


Testing the Limits of Architectural Representation

The vibrant travelling exhibition Possible Mediums rejects convention to explore weird and wonderful methods of architectural representation


The Self-Taught Designer Behind India's Menstruation Revolution

Persevering even after his ashamed wife and mother left him, Arunachalam Muruganantham is Menstrual Man – the amateur inventor whose low-cost sanitary towel production is changing the lives of thousands of Indian women

Arab Contemporary

Contemporary Arab Design: Dynamism, Cynicism and Neon Caligraphy

The Arab Contemporary exhibition, at Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, displays tremendous energy and potential in the fluctuating identities of this vast and dynamic region


Review: Brits who Built the Modern World

‘Five are Together Again:’ The BBC identified Michael Hopkins, Nicholas Grimshaw, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Terry Farrell as the ‘big five’ of British architecture , while Patty Hopkins was photoshopped out of a photograph shown on the programme


The Artists who turned their Homes into Art Subscription Required

Reavealing the relationship between life and art, Jessica Bridger reflects on an exhibition at the Villa Stuck that showcased various artists’ hives of creativity

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