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Editorial View


'Can infusing a building with a democratic plan encourage democracy?' Subscription Required

11 November 2015

Architects have been circumspect in their criticism of the Chinese state during the building boom that has bankrolled the profession through the recession


‘Our schools must be temples, not hothouses’ Subscription Required

1 October 2015

We once caged hens until it was deemed too cruel. Now London is planning to battery-farm our children


‘How to get the balance right; to create architecture with a social purpose, but not without delight?’ Subscription Required

2 September 2015

Is ornament an improvement on the icon? What is disappointing is that we are still stuck discussing how a building looks


Outrage: ‘Rising from the ashes of 9/11 is not a phoenix, but a $4bn white elephant’ Subscription Required

7 August 2015 | Updated: 7 August 2015

Extravagant dream, or economic nightmare? The WTC Oculus by Santiago Calatrava


‘Starchitects are putting lipstick on a rash(er) of enormous pigs’ Subscription Required

5 August 2015

Michael Sorkin on the NYC skyline

Grid condos in Toronto, Canada

‘A building is never an icon close-up. It crashes into the pavement, mashes into the city’ Subscription Required

29 July 2015

Even the most snobbish building will in some corner meet the in-betweens of life where people improvise, play a saxophone, water a window box

Robin Hood Gardens

‘The architect-designed home used to be for people, not investment’ Subscription Required

7 July 2015

Why don’t we shelter the homeless in empty housing? This crisis seems nonsensical when the postwar housing crisis was solved so efficiently

Parque Novo Santo Amaro V by Vigliecca & Associados

Has architecture lost its social conscience? Subscription Required

18 June 2015

The question has become an arthritis; a dull ache that improves or worsens depending on the weather


‘The AR is about fresh ideas, which must be provoked, teased out, tickled or sparked’

2 May 2015

In this, her first editorial, new AR Editor Christine Murray sets out her editorial ambitions

AR Editor Christine Murray

Christine Murray named AR Editor

30 March 2015

A new era begins at The Architectural Review as Christine Murray takes the helm


Editorial: Past imperfect, future tense Subscription Required

26 March 2015

On technological adventures and the future of architecture


Editorial: Architecture that goes beyond style wars Subscription Required

21 March 2015

On architects and magazines pursuing content rather than style

feb 2015

Editorial: Architects don’t invent, they transform Subscription Required

18 February 2015

On Siza, from Portugal to China


Editorial: The problem with memorials and memory Subscription Required

26 December 2014

As architecture can rarely truly grasp the notion of absence, memorial culture lapses into comforting banality


Editorial: A primer from the Prince Subscription Required

21 December 2014

On The Prince of Wales’ ten principles for sustainable urban growth


Editorial: Architecture has nothing in common with luxury goods Subscription Required

5 November 2014

On how architecture can be either manifestation of vanity or source of social transformation

AR October 2014, issue 1412

Editorial view: beyond the historic panacea of the Garden City Subscription Required

8 October 2014

Could Howard’s Garden City and Rudlin’s winning proposal for the Wilson Prize give crucial hints to come out of the housing crisis?


Editorial: Redefining Modulor Man for a new era of inclusivity

6 September 2014

What happens when disability is not seen as a problem for architecture to solve, but as a potential generative impetus?


Editorial: The Secret Lives of Buildings Beyond the Lure of Awards Subscription Required

9 August 2014

On the uneasy relationship between reductivist beauty contests and architecture’s nuanced narratives and complexities


Editorial: A Biennale for these critical times Subscription Required

21 July 2014

If the Venice Biennale is an often criticized event, could Koolhaas’ 2014 edition succeed in being more substantial?