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Exhibitions

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • Comrades of Construction: The South Korean Pavilion

    23 June 2014 | By Anthony Engi Meacock

    Winner of the Golden Lion and one of the Biennale’s most politically charged exhibitions, the South Korean Pavilion retraces both North and South Korea’s paths through Modernism, hinting at the potential of a reunified whole

  • From Igloos to the Internet: The Canadian Pavilion

    23 June 2014 | By Catherine Slessor

    Canada ups its game at the Venice Biennale with a Special Mention winning exploration of the forms modern arctic architecture could take in the face of rapid development

Books

  • The Big House: Incarceration and Exhibition

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • Creative Capital: The Berlin Reader

    17 July 2014 | Updated: 7 August 2014 | By

    While Berlin may for a time have gained the moniker of ‘hippest city on the planet’, it seems to have become less lovable and liveable for many of those who live there

  • Peter Zumthor: The Swiss Shaman

    16 July 2014 | Updated: 7 August 2014 | By Michael Badu

    A monolithic monograph of Peter Zumthor’s works tracks his ever more direct striving for a connection to place

  • Cruise Control: Moscow's Homosexual Hang-outs Subscription

    13 June 2014 | By

    Yevgeniy’s photobook of now desolate cruising sites in Moscow contests Putin’s intolerant neo-nationalism

  • Evading Identity: The Institute of Contemporary Art

    9 June 2014 | By Jessica Kelly

    Anne Massey and Gregory Muir’s book delves into 22 years of the ICA’s slippery history to make sense of its elusive status

Events

Pedagogy

  • 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

Reputations

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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

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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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Carlo Mollino

12 June 2014 | By Beatriz Colomina

The ‘dangerous erotomaniac’ Carlo Mollino’s architecture formed the backdrop to his increasingly bizarre photographic fantasies

Featured Review

Index

In for the Kill: Buildings Must Die

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