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  • Don't Mention the Architecture: Kahn and Hollein Retrospectives Subscription

    2 September 2014 | By Niall Hobhouse

    Two retrospecives of great architect-curators reach for wider appeal but stray towards misrepresentation. Who, then, is to curate these curators?

  • Gorilla Tactics: Disobedient Objects at the V&A Subscription

    30 August 2014 | By Jessica Kelly

    Two exhibitions at the V&A explore design’s use as a physical and visual tool for protest

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

    26 June 2014 | By

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

  • Fair Enough: The Russian Pavilion Subscription

    25 June 2014 | By Niall Hobhouse

    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

  • Testing Grounds: The Japanese Pavilion Subscription

    25 June 2014 | By

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

  • Hard Graft: The Italian Pavilion Subscription

    25 June 2014 | By Tom Leahy

    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

  • Bricks and Morals: The German Pavilion Subscription

    25 June 2014 | By

    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

  • Modernism in the Dock: The French Pavilion Subscription

    25 June 2014 | By

    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

  • Building Nationhood: The Polish Pavilion Grapples with Politics Subscription

    25 June 2014 | By

    A detached slab of marble apparently hovers above six columns in the centrepiece of the Polish Pavilion - a seemingly impossible hallucination that recreates the Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz 1937 funereal monument

  • Export Values: The Nordic Pavilion Subscription

    25 June 2014 | By

    The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale tells a fascinating story with photographs, films and documents, but fails to make the best use of its remarkable setting

  • Into the Fun Palace: The Swiss Pavilion Subscription

    25 June 2014 | By Liza Fior

    Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Swiss Pavilion transforms an archive into a living, dynamic space, with the work of Cedric Price and Lucius Burckhardt unfolding in a choreographed display of student-pushed trolleys

  • Monolith Controversies: The Chilean Pavilion Subscription

    24 June 2014 | By

    Winner of the Silver Lion, the Chilean pavilion, featuring a ceiling panel produced in a Soviet factory, is a brilliant demonstration of the political implications of modernity


  • There is No Alternative: The New Urban Question Subscription

    5 September 2014 | By

    Merrifield’s study draws effective connections between urban theory and political activism, but relies on finding militancy in the most mundane

  • George Cantacuzino: Romania's Forgotten Modernist Subscription

    2 September 2014 | By Timothy Brittain-Catlin

    Despite a life that reads as a string of humiliations and disasters, George Matei Cantacuzino, ‘Romania’s forgotten modernist’, was a noble architect set upon by barbarians

  • Catholic Taste: Building the Modern Church Subscription

    29 August 2014 | By Ayla Lepine

    Interweaving religious and architectural debate, a study of the modern church charts the changing expression of Roman Catholic identity

  • In for the Kill: Buildings Must Die Subscription

    14 August 2014 | By Catherine Croft

    Moving beyond ruin lust and decay-porn, this study seeks to analyse far more than what distinguishes dirt from patina

  • The Big House: Incarceration and Exhibition Subscription

    11 August 2014 | By Raymund Ryan

    Drawing a comparison between the architecture of prisons and museums, a study by Joe Day explores the duality of concealment and display in exhibition and incarceration

  • Mies: Behind the Smoke Screen Subscription

    8 August 2014 | By Spyros Papapetros

    A major new monograph on Mies by the late Detlef Mertins seeks the enigma behind the cigar

  • If Walls Could Talk: Bricks and Mortals Subscription

    7 August 2014 | By Timothy Brittain-Catlin

    Tom Wilkinson’s vibrant and broad study takes the less well-travelled roads of architectural history, examining nuanced narratives that resonate over centuries

  • A Sense of Perspective: The Crucial Role of Architecture in Painting Subscription

    6 August 2014 | By Georgia Clarke

    A subtle and sophisticated exhibition at The National Gallery challenges the notion of architecture’s background role in painting, vividly revealing the importance it held for the artists of the Italian Renaissance

  • Now You See It: The Architecture of Disaster Subscription

    4 August 2014 | By Robert Bevan

    In demonstrating the before and after of a violent action, architecture and spatial analysis become essential political tools

  • That Smarts: Against the Smart City Subscription

    21 July 2014 | Updated: 7 August 2014 | By Anna Minton

    The zeitgeisty narrative of the smartcity is breathlessly positive - but what lies beyond the PR talk and press releases?

  • Doodlebug: Why Architects Still Draw Subscription

    20 July 2014 | Updated: 7 August 2014 | By Francis DK Ching

    Architectural graphics guru Francis Ching on Paolo Berladi’s defence of architectural drawing - and why this alone is not enough to regain its lost value

  • Petropolis: Oil Urbanism Subscription

    19 July 2014 | Updated: 7 August 2014 | By Steve Parnell

    A look at the Brazilian cities that have been formed by oleaginous ‘no-places’ forms a wider thesis on the domination and manufacture of nature



  • ESALA, Edinburgh, Scotland

    5 December 2013 | By Matthew Barac

    ESALA students are learning how to listen to the city and respond to what it has to say

  • KIST, Kigali, Rwanda

    25 October 2013 | By Matthew Barac

    Kigali Institute of Science & Technology sees an international faculty and 19 home grown students drive an african identity towards solving the social economic and development agenda in Rwanda

  • Women in architectural academia

    4 October 2013 | By Matthew Barac

    The state of gender equality in architectural education alongside a growing cohort of influential female academics

  • Pedagogy: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago

    20 September 2013 | By Matthew Barac

    This Chilean university encourages students to consider very real social and environmental contexts as a rich source of inspiration guiding their creativity

  • Pedagogy: Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

    2 August 2013 | By Matthew Barac

    Situated at the crossroads between Western and Arab cultures, the Beirut Arab University encourages students to think about both past and present, at both local and global scales

  • Pedagogy: Graz University of Technology, Austria

    2 July 2013 | By Matthew Barac

    Despite its heritage as a technical college and a rigorous curriculum, the Graz approach recognises architecture as a highly personal thing



Richard Rogers

29 August 2014 | By Owen Hatherley

Colonies of luxury flats obscure the violence and excitement of Richard Rogers’ finest projects


Gian Lorenzo Bernini

13 August 2014 | By Catherine McCormack

Heralded as the next Michaelangelo by the age of eight, Bernini was a man around whom a powerful mythology has been sculpted


Jane Drew

4 July 2014 | By Iain Jackson

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

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Enigmatic Mackintosh: Fact meets fiction in Esther Freud's Mr Mac and Me Subscription

11 September 2014 | By Rebecca Swirsky

This luminous novel breathes new life into Mackintosh, both as an architect and as a man