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These are critical times. Throughout history, change has been the background to our lives. But now the nature of change has changed. We are in the grip of widespread and systemic ecological and economic meltdown. This is as a timely moment to reconsider all aspects of architecture, because it is so obviously required and architects now have the time and motivation to engage in such an exercise. This is critical thinking for critical times.


The Big Rethink Part 1: Towards a Complete Architecture Subscription

21 December 2011 | By

AR’s new campagn is launched with a critical broadside at the many “Starchitects” of the industry from Peter Buchanan


The Big Rethink Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Subscription

30 January 2012 | By

The second essay in the new Campaign decries Modernism for its betrayal of our essential humanity, and puts the case for why this must be regained to achieve true sustainability


The Big Rethink Part 3: Integral Theory Subscription

29 February 2012 | By

In the third installment of the AR’s campaign, Peter Buchanan introduces Integral theory, which establishes a new framework for the design of 21st-century buildings and cities


The Big Rethink Part 4: The Purposes of Architecture Subscription

27 March 2012 | By

In common with many aspects of modern civilisation, architecture has lost its enriching sense of purpose, leading to toxic anomie


The Big Rethink Part 5: Transcend And include The Past Subscription

24 April 2012 | By

Major regenerative change provoked by crisis involves both a leap forward and a reappraisal and integration of the best of the past - a process known in Integral theory as ‘transcend and include


The Big Rethink Part 6: Learning from Four Modern Masters Subscription

28 May 2012 | By

The architecture of the past and other cultures represents a vast resource to study and learn from, now made widely available by modern scholarship, publications and audio-visual media - a great legacy of modernity


The Big Rethink Part 7: PLACE AND ALIVENESS - Pattern, play and the planet Subscription

24 July 2012 | By

The cultivation of a sense of place embeds architecture more fully in the world as an experience that goes beyond buildings to articulate and resonate more intensively with wider human concerns and ideals


The Big Rethink Part 8: Lessons from Peter Zumthor and other living masters Subscription

28 August 2012 | By

The reappraisal of past architecture and the integration of its achievements into a new, higher level of synthesis underscores the transforming ethos of ‘transcend and include’, epitomised by this examination of the work of four exemplary living masters


The Big Rethink Part 9: Rethinking Architectural Education Subscription

28 September 2012 | By

Detached from the ferment of epochal change, the groves of academe are failing to engage with current critical realities


The Big Rethink Part 10: Spiral Dynamics and Culture Subscription

23 November 2012 | By

As a key theory underscoring the still unfolding narrative of human evolution, Spiral Dynamics examines the complex interaction of culture and society


The Big Rethink Part 11: Urban Design Subscription

6 March 2013 | By

The fundamental purpose of urban design is to provide a framework to guide the development of the citizen. As this AR campaign reaches its conclusion, the penultimate essay attacks the City of Doing found in modernity


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

Dymaxion House

The Big Rethink revisited: Becoming Earthlings Subscription

21 November 2014 | By

Reflecting on The Big Rethink series of essays, Buchanan argues for a new culture integrating understandings of ecology, evolution and identity

The Big Rethink

The Big Rethink in Full Subscription

24 September 2015

Read Peter Buchanan’s campaign in its entirety