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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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The Potentiality of Architectural Curating in the Albanian Pavilion Subscription Required

The Albanian Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale addresses the perennial problem of exhibiting architecture

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Jane Drew

Shrouded in rumours of misdemenour and spying, Jane Drew’s life was richly packed with exciting opportunities and mayor projects

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Good, Bad and Fugly: Nigel Coates on Monditalia Subscription Required

Nigel Coates critiques Monditalia at the Venice Biennale, an exhibition on the culture and history of Italy

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Fair Enough: The Russian Pavilion

A room of salespeople peddling the architectural ideas of Russia’s history from banal cubicles makes for a subversive pavilion poking fun at trade shows and the Biennale itself

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Testing Grounds: The Japanese Pavilion

Japan’s Biennale Pavilion presents the complex web of earnest 1970s architects whose, largely unsung, endeavours connect Japanese ...

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Hard Graft: The Italian Pavilion

In the shadow of the Biennale’s vast Moditalia exhibition, the Italian pavilion presents Modernism’s impact on the country as a lineage of, often incongruous, architectural augmentations

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Bricks and Morals: The German Pavilion

Architecture as propaganda: Curators Alex Lehnerer and Savva Ciriacidis reconstruct the politically charged 1964 Kanzlerbungalow intersecting with the German Pavilion in a curatorial move that is both disarmingly simple while loaded with ethical complexity

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Modernism in the Dock: The French Pavilion

Tied together by Jacques Tati’s film, Mon Oncle, Jean-Louis Cohen’s French Pavilion for the Venice Biennale makes both prosecution and defence of Modernism’s legacy across France

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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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