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‘Ornament has always flowered in Chicago’ Subscription

2 September 2015 | By Tom Beeby

[Archive] Ornament could offer the key to a new flowering of architectural expression

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Jean Dubuffet: architect without walls Subscription

29 August 2015 | By Kent Minturn

The pioneer of Art Brut was a prolific architect, designing countless richly patterned structures that rejected the Modernist grid

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Gentrifying Diversity in Boston’s South End Subscription

14 August 2015 | By Sylvie Tissot

Lessons for today’s housing struggles can be learned from the tension between privileged defenders of heritage and the rights of prior occupants in the city’s historic South End

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White flight, red lining, block busting and panic peddling Subscription

13 August 2015 | By Nory Miller

[Archive] Chicago’s poor make plain the social responsibilities of the architecture industry

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Chicago meatspace Subscription

13 August 2015 | By Thomas Mical

The fin-de-siècle Modernism of Chicago was determined by its secret twin city: the South Side Stock Yards and their infrastructural logic

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Chicago in the age of the apartment Subscription

11 August 2015 | By John Craib-Cox

[Archive] The evolution of Chicago’s apartment blocks

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How Chicago, prototype of the modern city, was born Subscription

13 July 2015

[Archive] Chicago’s phenomenal growth is the great urban romance of the modern world

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‘Camino Nuevo has become a positive, stabilizing presence in the neighbourhood’ Subscription

12 August 2015 | By Catherine Slessor

[Archive] Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles by Daly Genik Architects

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‘The club has helped to revive Akron’s social and economic fortunes’ Subscription

10 August 2015 | By Catherine Slessor

[Archive] Akron Boys and Girls Club in Alabama by Rural Studio

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7 August 2015 | By Paul Davies

An intellectual who wrote like an angel and dreamt of Renaissance Italy

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‘The world of little human ants teems round their bases’ Subscription

4 August 2015

[Archive] As skyscrapers grow ever taller, how can they sensitively meet the street?

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‘Stacks of redundant carpet tiles are used to construct walls’ Subscription

30 July 2015 | By Catherine Slessor

Lucy’s House in Alabama by Rural Studio

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‘The house is the entree to practice for US architects’ Subscription

30 July 2015 | By Brian Carter, Annette Lecuyer

[ARCHIVE] For emerging US architects, the house sponsors investigation into new architectural practices

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'A distinct American-ness is found only in the regions, far from the seats of cultural power' Subscription

30 July 2015 | By Raymund Ryan

Raymund Ryan in search of a new American architecture

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Reinventing the traditional house in the age of Modernism Subscription

10 July 2015 | By Alan Powers

While architects who turned to vernacular precedents in the 1930s have typically been called reactionary, is it time we reassessed their work as proto-Postmodernism – or abandoned such categories entirely?

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In search of a lost house Subscription

26 June 2015 | By Joseph Rykwert

From a child’s archetypal drawing to Alberti’s notion of it as a link in a chain, the house is an idea as much as a building, writes Joseph Rykwert

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Housing at East Hanningfield, Essex by James Gowan Subscription

24 June 2015 | By Lance Wright, James Gowan

[ARCHIVE] James Gowan’s distnctive monopitch housing in Essex playfully enhances ‘cost yardstick’ housing

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Who should write about architecture? Subscription

14 June 2015 | By Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Academia and journalism are divided by an ever-growing chasm, but it is essential that the two cross-pollinate – for the benefit of both and for architectural culture as a whole

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Modern monasteries Subscription

13 June 2015 | By Ayla Lepine

The magnificent ruin of St Peter’s Cardross has recently been thrown a lifeline after decades of neglect, but many other significant buildings commissioned by religious orders remain under threat

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'Latin America was a place where Modernist dreams came true' Subscription

22 May 2015 | By Rowan Moore

Just what is it that makes South American architecture so appealing?

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‘Ornament has always flowered in Chicago’ Subscription

2 September 2015 | By Tom Beeby

[Archive] Ornament could offer the key to a new flowering of architectural expression

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White flight, red lining, block busting and panic peddling Subscription

13 August 2015 | By Nory Miller

[Archive] Chicago’s poor make plain the social responsibilities of the architecture industry

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Chicago meatspace Subscription

13 August 2015 | By Thomas Mical

The fin-de-siècle Modernism of Chicago was determined by its secret twin city: the South Side Stock Yards and their infrastructural logic

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Modern monasteries Subscription

13 June 2015 | By Ayla Lepine

The magnificent ruin of St Peter’s Cardross has recently been thrown a lifeline after decades of neglect, but many other significant buildings commissioned by religious orders remain under threat

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How the London Playboy Club bankrolled Hef’s empire Subscription

7 April 2015 | By Barbara Penner

Playboy, that great icon of American pop culture, owed its existence for many years to gambling revenue from Blighty

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The Imaginary of ‘Africanness’ in South African Architecture Subscription

23 March 2015 | By Federico Freschi

The persistent use of imagery from the ruins of Great Zimbabwe points to a universal desire to connect with atavistic cultural roots

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Australian Ugliness Subscription

17 March 2015 | By Emma Letizia Jones

Emma Letizia Jones revisits Robin Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness, and asks whether it is ever possible to give valid form to a displaced culture in an alien landscape

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Queer Gothic: Architecture, gender and desire Subscription

20 January 2015 | By Ayla Lepine

Through a historical study of the connections between architecture, gender and desire, Ayla Lepine reveals the invisibility and marginalisation of queer history

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Part Two: British architecture after the Great War Subscription

30 December 2014 | By Alan Powers

Alan Powers’ two-part historical essay reveals World War One’s repercussion on the maturation of Modernism and encourages us to re-evaluate, a century later, both the Modernist canon and its impact on British architecture

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Part One: British architecture before the Great War Subscription

11 November 2014 | By Alan Powers

Alan Powers’ two-part historical essay reveals World War One’s repercussion on the maturation of Modernism and encourages us to re-evaluate, a century later, both the Modernist canon and its impact on British architecture

Architecture And Photography

Shattered Glass: The history of architectural photography Subscription

22 December 2013 | By

Exploring photography’s obsession with architecture as motif and metaphor, a cluster of exhibitions in Los Angeles ended by questioning the neutrality of the camera in the architectural assignment

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Building Seagram: A Memoir of Mies and Modernism Subscription

24 September 2013 | By Anthony Vidler

Phyllis Lambert's compelling and incisive account of the commissioning, design and construction of the Seagram Building is both a critical history and personal memoir of a pivotal moment in architecture

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The Strategies of Mat-building Subscription

13 August 2013 | By Debora Domingo Calabuig, Raúl Castellanos Gomez, Ana Abalos Ramos

Dismantling and reframing programme and composition, mat-building envisaged architecture as a dynamic, flexible armature

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Beijing: Modernising History Subscription

28 August 2012 | By Anu Leinonen

The demolition of the protected home of China’s most prominent 20th-century architect exposes the tension between preservation and progress, says Anu Leinonen

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The Classical ideals of Le Corbusier Subscription

21 September 2011 | By William JR Curtis

How three weeks in Athens left a lasting impression on the father of Modernism

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Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Joseph Rykwert Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Joseph Rykwert

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain, the AR invites Joseph Rykwert to reconsider its role in shaping modern, post-war architecture

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Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Alan Powers Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Alan Powers

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain, the AR invites Alan Powers, to reconsider its role in shaping modern, post-war architecture

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Mary Banham Subscription

28 June 2011 | By Mary Banham

Mary Banham was 27 when she attended the Festival of Britain. She visited the South Bank Exhibition in 1951 with her late husband, Peter Reyner Banham, who as an editor on the AR went on to write a number of critical essays on the Festival and the significance it held for post-war British modernism. 25 years later, Mary Banham co-curated the V&A’s exhibition, A Tonic to the Nation

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Trevor Dannatt Subscription

28 June 2011 | By Trevor Dannatt

Trevor Dannatt was 28 years old when he joined the Festival Hall Design Team, headed by Leslie Martin, but working under the associate architect Peter Moro, who held special responsibility for the interiors. Sneaking off from time to time to oversee the construction of a small tea bar, he got to know the South Bank site very well, both during the Festival of Britain and afterward, and to this day turns a keen eye to the future of this popular London site. Here he recalls his 1951 experience ...

Sixty years on from the Festival of Britain – Terry Farrell Subscription

28 June 2011 | By Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell reflects on the South Bank Exhibition’s impact on London, from the opening up of the public realm, to the creation of a major riverside walkway

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Critical Mass: Why Architectural Criticism Matters Subscription

28 May 2014 | By Michael Sorkin

By seeing beyond the glittering novelty of form, it is criticism's role to assess and promote the positive effects architecture can bring to society and the wider world

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Troubles in Theory V: The Brutalist Moment(s) Subscription

30 January 2014 | By Anthony Vidler

From the Smithsons’ claim to have originally coined the term, to its alleged incarnation in the béton brut of Le Corbusier’s Unités, the provenance of New Brutalism, seen as a corrective to ‘soft’ Modernism, is as problematic as what it stood for: ethic or aesthetic?

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Architecture Becomes Music Subscription

6 May 2013 | By

As abstract art forms based on rhythm, proportion and harmony, architecture and music share a clear cultural lineage. Now, through digital expression, architecture can attain new heights of creative supremacy

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Troubles in theory Part iv: The social side Subscription

10 April 2013 | By Anthony Vidler

Techno-fetishists may have argued for a scientifically determined architecture in the ’60s and ’70s, but at the same time more politically engaged voices were calling for the reinterpretation of space as an arena for the lived experiences of the everyday

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Troubles in Theory Part III: The Great Divide: Technology vs Tradition Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Anthony Vidler

The great divide: technology vs tradition

From its ‘war address’ in Cheam, the AR surveys a brave new post-war world in August 1945

Troubles in Theory Part II: Picturesque to Postmodernism Subscription

20 December 2011 | By Anthony Vidler

The second essay in AR’s series: Troubles in Theory

Artist Madelon Vriesendorp’s cover design for Charles Jencks’s The Story of Post-Modernism depicts some of the author’s contemporary (and perhaps unwitting) examples of the movement

Reassessing Postmodernism Subscription

30 October 2011 | By Colin Fournier

As a major exhibition opens at the V&A on the same subject, Charles Jencks has published an account of Postmodernism’s historic and unfolding story. While the author includes many recent architectural projects, these later examples emerge as antithetical to the movement’s original intent. But if the current crop of architecture is devoid of meaning, could Postmodernism find a future in the complexity of the city and a world of rapid scientific and technological transition?

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Troubles In Theory Part I: The State Of The Art 1945-2000 Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Anthony Vilder

Becoming a subject of interest to those beyond the profession in the late 1960s, architecture - and its theory - in turn opened up to outside influences. An anti-institutional ideology, with strong French philosophical connections - Foucault, Barthes, Derrida - served to undermine architecture’s own disciplinary focus. Key figures - Summerson, Banham, Eisenman - sought to regain the lost territory, but a unified theory of architecture remains elusive. The first of three essays outlines ...

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The Autopoiesis of Architecture dissected, discussed and decoded Subscription

4 March 2011 | By

In the autopoiesis of architecture, Patrik Schumacher introduces a new unifying theory of architecture. Peter Buchanan decodes, dissects and weighs up Schumacher’s arguments

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Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor Subscription

1 August 2015 | By Raymund Ryan

[Archive] Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor

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Piscine Tournesol in Lingolsheim, France by Urbane Kultur Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Swimming pool typology: a modern refurbishment brings one of 183 UFO-like swimming pools back to life

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Municipal Pool in Bagneux, France by Dominique Coulon et Associes Subscription

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Swimming pools typology: a renovated municipal pool contrasts a rectalinear form with voluptuously curved spaces

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Typology: Swimming Pools Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Sites of ablution, illicit heavy petting, athleticism, surveillance, leisure, racism and death: pools bring people together stripped of status symbols, but in ways profoundly marked by wider social conditions

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Municipal Pool in Tabuaço, Portugal by Topos Atelier de Arquitectura Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Swimming pools typology: a striking Stadtkrone for little over 6,000 people looks out across rolling countryside

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London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Swimming pools typology: ZHA’s whale-like aquatics centre is undeniably an impressive place to swim

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Thermal Bath in Bad Ems, Germany by 4A Architekten Subscription

1 August 2015 | By

Swimming pools typology: a plan of overlapping lozenges accommodates pools, saunas and a gym alongside the River Lahn

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Walter Gropius Meisterhäuser Dessau, 1925-26 Subscription

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Semi-detatched typology: A row of cubistic villas built to house the Bauhaus school’s masters

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Semi-detached typology: Housing charity Make it Right and Gehry Partner’s duplex responded to a delay in rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina

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Semi-detatched typology: a quirky twist in the world of Swiss-influenced minimalism

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6 July 2015 | By

Semi-detatched typology: a somewhat Loosian flavour and free plan disguises the symmetry of these villas

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Typology: The semi-detached house Subscription

6 July 2015 | By

Symbol of middle-class aspiration, conservatism and compromised individualism, the semi-detached house is England’s modern domestic type par excellence

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Typology Quarterly: Opera Houses Subscription

25 October 2013 | By

Since its birth in the Renaissance, opera has been claimed as a reincarnation of community-forming Greek drama, while being used to represent the power of the state - whether feudal, dictatorial or democratic

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Typology Focus: Museums Subscription

19 December 2012 | By Antonello Marotta

Museums arrange the world according to the changing way we see it: from Renaissance memory theatres and Baroque cabinets of curiosity, via Enlightenment typologies, to Modernist teleologies and the current vogue for environmental contextualism 

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Typology Quarterly: Offices Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

Conceived in an era of command and control, constrained by paper and fixed technology, reflective of hierarchy and order with a culture of presenteeism and paternalism, the traditional fixed and stratified office is evolving to embrace more fluid and intuitive ways of working

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Interpolis Building by Abe Bonnema in Tilburg, The Netherlands Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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Macquarie Building by Fitzpatrick + Partners in Sydney, Australia Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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British Airways Building by Niels Torp in Heathrow, UK Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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Microsoft Building by Sevil Peach in Schiphol, The Netherlands Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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PwC Building by Foster + Partners in London, UK Subscription

24 July 2012 | By Philip Ross

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Masterplanning in Rainham

‘Masterplanning doesn't always mean top-down’ Video

1 September 2015

Urban acupuncture in the London town of Rainham could help to redefine master planning

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‘Architecture culture has been far from immune to the charms of the Wild West mythos’ Subscription

15 August 2015 | By Michael Abrahamson

Life and lawlessness in The Western Town

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‘The world of little human ants teems round their bases’ Subscription

4 August 2015

[Archive] As skyscrapers grow ever taller, how can they sensitively meet the street?

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Roberto Burle Marx: Ibirapuera park Subscription

17 July 2015

[FOLIO] Burle Marx’s use of the principles of Cubism and abstraction forged an entirely new grammar for landscape design

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Colombia’s infrastructure reclaimed as public space Subscription

10 June 2015 | By Manon Mollard

Hillside water tanks circling Medellín have been repurposed as a necklace of public spaces draped around the city

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Framing the Issue: Bamboo's Structural Role in the Fight for Public Space Subscription

27 February 2015 | By

On the front line of a design-led call to arms, bamboo is giving a physical form to the elusive concept of public space

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

25 October 2014 | By Lili Carr

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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Leon Krier on sustainable urbanism and the legible city Subscription

27 February 2014 | By Leon Krier

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

23 September 2013 | By

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

30 July 2013 | By Michael Webb

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

10 July 2013 | By

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

4 June 2013 | By

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

24 April 2012 | By Carlo Ratti, Alex Haw

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

Skateboarders at the Youth Factory, a vibrant suburban forum that hosts a diversity of  activities, from rock climbing to street theatre

Double Enntendre: The Duality of two Small-Town Spanish Public Spaces Subscription

21 September 2011 | By David Cohn

A curvaceous youth centre and a sober addition to Roman ruins explore the conflicting elements of Mérida’s urban identity - both colourfully kinetic and quietly contemplative. Projects by Selgas Cano and Sánchez García

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

28 April 2011 | By Will Hunter

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

A floating pool in the rivers of New York City Subscription

15 September 2010 | By Georgina Ward

Family and The Office of Playlab in New York campaign to build a self-filtering swimming pool in the Hudson

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

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

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

Eastern Design Office’s latest Japanese bar Subscription

18 August 2010 | By Georgina Ward

This Karaoke venue in Kyoto’s geisha district is appropriately inspired by the feminine form

Diagram showing west London as a network of self-contained village or town centres, each with their own particular character. The Farrells scheme fills the gap and adds to this rich urban matrix

Grand plans are afoot in Earls Court as Terry Farrell reveals his masterplan Subscription

July 2010 | By Sutherland Lyall

Masterplanning is not big architecture, as Terry Farrell’s winning proposal for the competition to redevelop London’s Earls Court illustrates

Map of Ghent from 1649, showing the compact, medieval character of the city encircled by a protective canal and bastions. At its heart are St Bavo’s Catherdral and St Nicholas’ Church

Medieval roots meeting modern interventions add piquancy to Ghent's urban condition Subscription

1 June 2010 | By Lucy Bullivant

Flemish practice Robbrecht en Daem is applying a sense of pragmatism and delight to its major renovation of ghent’s public squares

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Parque Novo Santo Amaro V in São Paulo by Vigliecca & Associados Video Subscription

8 June 2015 | By Ursula Troncoso

Three years after its completion, Ursula Troncoso revisits Vigliecca & Associados’ linear park and housing in a run-down quarter of São Paulo

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Revisiting Siza: An archaeology of the future Video Subscription

27 January 2015 | By

Álvaro Siza’s Quinta da Malagueira estate offers radical lessons in the relationship of architecture and time

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Lethbridge University: The Spaceship-like Prairie School Comes of Age Subscription

13 February 2014 | By Hadani Ditmars

In the late 1960s, Arthur Erickson’s heroic campus for the University of Lethbridge in Alberta emerged from the coulées of the Canadian prairie. Assailed by insensitive additions of intervening decades, a new masterplan promises renewal

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Hanging Gardens of Sacramento Subscription

31 January 2013

Two office buildings in Sacramento, California. The Bateson Building, completed in 1978, and the Lincoln Center in 1986 take different approaches to environmental concerns, using concrete, organic materials and an unusual air-conditioning system

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Learning from Scharoun's Marl School Subscription

23 October 2012 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Scharoun’s school in the mining town of Marl has been saved from demolition and is being converted for use as a music school, preserving a pioneering facet of his contribution to the fabric of postwar Germany

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10 Years On: Evaluating kroll’s eco school Subscription

1 February 2012 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Ten years ago, the AR published a new secondary school at Caudry in northern France by Lucien Kroll, which marked an important advance in green building. The result of an architect/contractor competition, the school had to meet a demanding list of ecological criteria. As reported in January 2002 these were met and the school got off to a good start. But how has its life developed?

Instead of repeating the brick infill, solid parts have been clad in coloured anodised aluminium panels to give the concrete building a new image. Photo credit: Daniel Hopkinson

A SECOND CHANCE FOR SHEFFIELD'S STREETS IN THE SKY Subscription

27 September 2011 | By Peter Blundell Jones

Inspired by Corb’s Unité, Park Hill in Sheffield is Europe’s largest listed building. Designed in the 1960s by two pioneering architects, it thronged with international visitors for the next decade. Yet as Modernist high-rises and equality fell out of fashion, the socialist ideal turned into a ghetto. Today, developer Urban Splash is animating its streets again with a bold programme

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Air Apparent: Pneumatic Structures Subscription

3 April 2014 | By Will Mclean

First posited in the 1960s, the idea of pneumatic structures as a progressive and lightweight alternative to ‘normal' construction has renewed relevance to the current re-evaluation of energy use and new forms of climatically responsive envelopes

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Learning by Building Subscription

7 October 2013 | By Hans Skotte

Live projects are growing in popularity worldwide. In this essay we visit NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, where this teaching method is an essential part of the curriculum

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Skill: Inflatable Concrete Domes Subscription

31 January 2013 | By Will Mclean

Frustrated by both expensive and labour-intensive methods of moulding concrete with steel or wooden formwork, Italian architect Dante Bini pioneered ‘air structures’: gigantic balloons that could be covered with a thin layer of concrete then inflated to form domes in a matter of hours

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Recasting Terracotta Subscription

28 May 2012 | By Will Mclean

Cast, glazed and fired, clay is the original mass-produced building material. Today, innovative production technologies are opening a new chapter in the biography of this versatile substance

Building with Bamboo

Cane and Able – the expressive skill of building with bamboo Subscription

31 January 2012

An increasingly used renewable local resource, Bamboo, is being innovatively used to build a primary school in Thailand

In the Frame

In the frame Subscription

31 October 2011 | By Will Mclean

An overarching challange: reciprocal-framed structures

A clever use of Styrofoam to cast the svelte carcass of Paul Smih\'s latest flagship store

House? Boat? Iceberg? Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Rob Gregory

Paul Smith’s latest flagship store by Kim Chan-Joong/System Lab, Seoul, South Korea

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AIA Pavilion 2011 by Gernot Riether, New Orleans, USA Subscription

29 April 2011 | By Rob Gregory

A hydroponic pavilion for the 2011 AIA convention in New Orleans cleverly exploits sugar cane plastic

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Athletes Village Block N15 by Niall Mclaughlin Architects, Stratford, London Subscription

30 March 2011 | By Rob Gregory

Niall McLaughlin replicates the Elgin Marbles as a facade for London’s Olympic Village housing

Marble Mural by Point Supreme, Interior Design Show 2010, Athens, Greece

Marble Mural by Point Supreme, Interior Design Show 2010, Athens, Greece Subscription

4 March 2011 | By James Pockson

How the art and craft of marble carving, cutting and printing comes together in a spectacular mural. Photography by Giannis Drakoulidis

When not in use by artists, the set becomes a rest space for visitors to the biennial

O Outro, O Mesmo, São Paulo, Brazil and Shanghai, China Subscription

21 December 2010 | By James Pockson

Cardboard shakes off its functional connotations to form an unlikely material for two art installations

The Earth Pavilion was built as part of the 2010 Start Festival’s A Garden Party to Make a Difference, hosted by the Prince of Wales

Earth Pavilion by Peter Rich Architects and Michael Ramage, London, UK Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Peter Rich investigates masonry vault structures for the Prince of Wales’ sustainability garden party. Photography by Michael Ramage

Workshop by Studio Mumbai, Alibaug, India Subscription

23 August 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Based in a plantation in Alibaug, the Studio Mumbai workshop demonstrates a return to craft

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Halley VI Antarctic Research Station by Hugh Broughton Architects, Brunt Ice Self, Antarctica Subscription

1 July 2010 | By Ruth Slavid

Hugh Broughton Architects cracks a cladding conundrum its Antarctic research station on skis. Photography by Andy Cheatle, David Southwood and the British Antarctic Survey

Richmond Olympic Oval by Fast + EPP, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Rob Gregory

The world’s longest glulam wood/steel arches at Richmond’s Olympic skating venue

RMIT Design Hub by Sean Godsell Architects, Melbourne, Australia Subscription

1 March 2010 | By Rob Gregory

A nine story tower of flexible loft-like structures cloaked by 774 sequin-like glass discs

In the tradition of the belvedere, the architect wanted to frame a principal view – in this instance, the sky

Osnaburgh Street Pavilion by Carmody Groarke, London, UK Subscription

1 February 2010 | By Rob Gregory

Carmody Groarke’s refined, stainless steel Osnaburgh Pavilion. Photography by Luke Hayes

An adaptation of the tsugite technique was used to join 4m lengths of Japanese cypress

Mokuzai Kaikan Office by Tomohiko Yamanashi and Takeyuki Katsuya, Nikken Sekkei, Shinkiba, Tokyo, Japan Subscription

1 January 2010 | By Rob Gregory

The Japanese Association of Wood Wholesalers’ fitting exemplar for the use of wood

Sustainable Mountain Hut by Studio Monte Rosa

Sustainable Mountain Hut by Studio Monte Rosa, Monte Rosa, Switzerland Subscription

1 November 2009 | By Steven Spier

The new Monte Rosa hut sits on Switzerland’s second highest Alpine peak, with impressive views of the neighbouring Matterhorn. Building in such a remote and inhospitable landscape presented huge challenges, not least the difficulties of transporting materials to the site

The completed children\'s play pavilion creates an ambiguous enclosure, likened by its architect to a forest clearing

Forest of Net Pavilion by Twzuka Architects, Hakone Open-air Museum, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan Subscription

1 October 2009 | By Rob Gregory

Twzuka Architects’ giant inverted bird’s nest of interlocked timber beams. Photography by Katsuhisa Kida/Fototeca

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Interview with Photographer Iwan Baan Subscription

14 March 2014 | By Simon Esterson

Iwan Baan is the most sought after architectural photographer on earth. Living entirely from suitcases and hotel rooms, he is courted by architectural royalty the world over. As his new show 52 Weeks, 52 Cities opens in Herford, Germany, Baan speaks to the AR’s creative director Simon Esterson about his photography and fascination with ordinary people’s extraordinary use of space

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Unsung Devotion: Gallego Martínez's cathedral of a lifetime Subscription

6 August 2013 | By Patricia Mato-Mora

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary and fabricated from scavenged materials, this eccentric Spanish cathedral is a unique architectural bricolage that may never be complete

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Japan after the storm Subscription

19 July 2013 | By Yuki Sumner

Despite being given no formal role in the recovery programme following the 2011 tsunami, Japanese architects are engaging with communities and devising strategies that respond to the aftermath and plan for the future

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Ruins of Utopia Subscription

29 March 2013 | By Robert Mull, Xenia Adjoubei

Built by Moisei Ginzburg in 1929 as a Constructivist machine for radical living, Moscow’s Narkomfin Building immediately fell foul of Stalinist orthodoxy and now rots in a climate of state neglect and apathy

Road back to Damascus Subscription

25 April 2012 | By Gordon Murray

The AR’s recent Exploring Eye is essential reading for unraveling the human urban condition.

A young family walk home after a long night of ‘cultural expression’

On the trail of Orangefest Subscription

21 September 2011 | By Declan O'Neill

The 12 July celebrations in Belfast have been branded as a retail-friendly attraction by the local government, but the move belies the cultural provocation of a sectarian ritual. Essay and photographs by Declan O’Neill

Bärbel Högner documents daily life in Chandigarh, exploring how the buildings and spaces are colonised

Bärbel Högner documents daily life in Chandigarh, exploring how the buildings and spaces are colonised Subscription

29 June 2011 | By Bärbel Högner

Chandigarh’s buildings and spaces are brought vividly to life by its residents, but the city now faces a challening future as India’s economy booms. Photography by Bärbel Högner

The elevated house belonging to the chief\'s son utilises modern stilt construction

Jon Beswick visits Ambryn Island on the remote Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu and describes its traditions Subscription

27 May 2011 | By Jon Beswick

On the volcanic island of ambryn in the pacific archipelago of vanuatu, local building traditions and a fascinating, primitive way of life continue to endure

Frédéric Chaubin surveys the relics of the former Soviet Union

Frédéric Chaubin surveys the relics of the former Soviet Union Subscription

1 March 2011 | By Frédéric Chaubin

As the soviet union crumbled, it gave rise to a chaotic age of building. Yet poetic images of its decay spark an unexpected rebirth of architectural imagination

Metropolitan Cathedral of our Lady Apericida: souvenir sellers on duty in the entrance square next to four Dante Croce bronze sculptures, each three metres high, representing the Evangelists

Duccio Malagamba navigates the vast lengths and breadths of Brasilia Subscription

25 October 2010 | By Duccio Malagamba, Translated by Anthony Ellis

As the city of Brasilia turns 50, photographer and writer Duccio Malagamba captures the everyday life of this super-scaled utopia

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Exploring Eye: The Batek tribe of Malaysia and their architecture Subscription

22 September 2010 | By Jon Beswick

A journey into the dense rainforest of Malaysia reveals the nomadic Batek tribe and their traditional style of vernacular architecture

A savannah hut with thatched roof, north of the equator. This building type is virtually identical to those found in parts of Angola, on the south-west coast of Africa

Exploring Eye: West Africa's vernacular architecture Subscription

14 May 2010 | By Jon Beswick

The relationship between climate, construction trends and human influence in West African vernacular architecture

Characteristic timber buttresses on a typical Casbah townhouse

The Casbah in context: World Heritage Site under threat Subscription

1 April 2010 | By Dennis Gilbert

The Casbah in Algeria’s capital Algiers is a World Heritage Site steeped in History, but overcrowding and neglect now threaten this ancient neighbourhood

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The fabulous diversity of vernacular architecture along the west coast of Africa Subscription

1 September 2009 | By Jon Beswick

The AR travels through three climatic zones on the West coast of Africa to discover the region’s myriad strands of vernacular architecture

The interior of Firoz Shah\'s tomb with a Jali screen above the doors and a small chatri in the background

A personal look at the Hauz Khas complex in Dehli Subscription

1 July 2009 | By Michael Howe

Stumbling upon Delhi’s Hauz Khas complex, the AR finds a marriage of medieval architecture and modern consumerism

Short essays: big ideas, succinctly argued

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Abolish planning policy to liberate creativity Subscription

16 May 2015 | By Karl Sharro

Underpinning all Kafkaesque planning bureaucracies is a fear of freedom that generates aesthetic frigidity

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Where does architecture end and marketing begin? Subscription

20 April 2015 | By Crystal Bennes

Design decisions are increasingly directed not by architects but by marketing executives, writes Crystal Bennes

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The myth of the dying high street Subscription

4 March 2015 | By Mark Brearley

Far from creeping decline, high streets could become the linch-pins of a new metropolitan spirit, writes Mark Brearley

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Lights, camera, architecture! Subscription

30 January 2015 | By Davide Rapp

Cinema and architecture share common languages and challenges writes Davide Rapp whose Elements film was a mesmerising highlight of the 2014 Venice Biennale

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The Big Rethink Conclusion Subscription

5 June 2013 | By

Drawing on the lessons of the series, the final part of the Big Rethink proposes a new kind of prototypical neighbourhood that expresses a more resonant connection with all aspects of the human condition and suggests a genuinely enriching approach to indivual and communal life