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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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From Caligari to Hitler: 1920s German Cinema at the LACMA Subscription Required

The short-lived burst of creative genius that surfaced from the Weimar Republic’s turmoil is delightfully presented in Haunted Screens, an exhibition curated by Maltzan and Murphy in Los Angeles

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Public Disgrace: Why Britain is now a private island Subscription Required

By explaining the privatisation of our mail, railways, water, electricity, health and homes, Meek demonstrates that Britain now belongs to someone else

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Curating Identity: Edwin Smith's Photography Subscription Required

Current RIBA exhibition Ordinary Beauty leads Savtchenko to wonder where Smith’s interpretation of Britishness really comes from: the objects photographed or the nature of the photographs?

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Photography in the eyes of the beholder Subscription Required

Richard Wentworth reveals his take on photography in response to the Barbican exhibition Constructing Worlds

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Constructing positions: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age Subscription Required

Although featuring many incredible artists, the Barbican’s Constructing Worlds fails to be thought-provoking because of its lack of curational direction, says Jack Self

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Privately owned public space: Graham and Vogt's Pavilion on the Met's Rooftop Subscription Required

Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout, Dan Graham and Günther Vogt’s roof garden commission at the Met, triggers Lili Carr to question the contradictions behind land ownership in cities

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If Form didn't follow Finance: Think Space/Money Unconference and Publication Subscription Required

Wiping out the capitalist paradigm to question the potential evolution of our cities and the architect’s future role in a world without money inevitably leads to an inconclusive publication

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Say hello to ghostmodernity: Keller Easterling's Subtraction Subscription Required

Now that buildings have been transformed into currency, Easterling argues for demolition as an agent for growth, rather than a symbol of failure, and calls for the contribution of architects to policy-making

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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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