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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

Second Home

The future of London’s workspaces Subscription

11 May 2015 | By Patricia Brown

This year’s London Festival of Architecture will tackle how we work

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This house moves to move: The case for relocating Parliament Subscription

7 May 2015 | By James Dunnett

Decamping the British capital out of London would reassert parliament as a central congress, save money, and perhaps even rescue the UK itself

Taktsang (tiger’s nest) Monastery

The land that Starbucks and McDonald's forgot Subscription

23 April 2015 | By Seamus Phillips

Architectural engineer Seamus Phillips reports from Thimphu, Bhutan, where happiness, not GDP, is used to measure society

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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

Catherine Slessor leaves the AR

Catherine Slessor: a trailblazer in male-dominated industries

30 March 2015 | By

As the editorial torch is passed, we look back at the career of Catherine Slessor and the AR under her leadership

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View from Porto Subscription

16 March 2015 | By Jay Merrick

Paulo Moreira’s modest redevelopment scheme in Porto is a telling example of the need for a more sensitive approach to regeneration

All Seeing Eye

Outrage in Paris: on HdM's ‘Tour Triangle’ Subscription

11 March 2015 | By William JR Curtis

William JR Curtis sees Herzog & de Meuron’s ‘Triangle Tower’ as irrelevant extravaganza leading to the destruction of collective memory and urbanity

ISIS Iconoclasm

Empty Niche Syndrome: On ISIS' iconoclasm Video

10 March 2015 | By

ISIS’s vandalism is no betrayal of universal values: it’s driven by the same iconoclasm as Western imperialism and Modernist utopias


Private data: The architecture of the internet Subscription

9 March 2015 | By Giles Smith

The popular myth of an immaterial internet is allowing our cities to be covertly corrupted by private infrastructure devoid of any sense of public generosity


Diary: Zahira Asmal in Johannesburg Subscription

7 March 2015 | By Zahira Asmal

Director of Designing_SouthAfrica Zahira Asmal reports on the project for a new ‘place-making’ pavilion for Jo’burg, a dreamed opportunity to rethink the role of urban public space in the city and turn Park Station, the continent’s biggest transport node, into a new gateway to South Africa


View from George Town, Cayman Islands Subscription

6 March 2015 | By Maria Smith

The architecture of the Caymans reflects its curious history and secretive offshore economy, asserts Maria Smith


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


Fendi vidi vici: when Fashion flirts with Fascism Subscription

3 March 2015 | Updated: 3 March 2015 | By Owen Hatherley

The recent recasting of Rome’s EUR shows that fascist values never really go out of fashion


The future is female. But women in architecture need co-operation as well as competition Subscription

27 February 2015 | By Flora Samuel

As Teresa Borsuk is named Woman Architect of the Year, Flora Samuel critically reflects on the AJ’s Women in Architecture campaign and examines the impact of competitive awards on women’s experience in practice


View from Warsaw Subscription

26 February 2015 | By Agata Pyzik

A unique estate of postwar housing, and with it an alternative vision of urban life, is under threat as former publicly owned land is privatised

The Fountain of Youth

The problem with ‘Young Architecture’ Subscription

24 February 2015 | By , Phil Pawlett Jackson

Emerging practices led by millennials risk commodification at the hands of a culture unwilling to reward the very youth it fetishises


Monument to myself: Presidential libraries in the USA Subscription

22 February 2015 | By

As the competition to host Barack Obama’s presidential library hots up, we look back over the history of this very American institution


Mons hubris: 2015 European Capital of Culture Subscription

11 February 2015 | By

The European Capital of Culture title brings the usual disappointment, delays, overspends, and Calatrava boondoggle


Tough Cell: architects' involvement in prison design Subscription

2 February 2015 | By Mimi Zeiger

The American Institute of Architects has rejected proposed ethical policy changes which would prevent US practices designing facilities for torture. Mimi Zeiger reports

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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

Walkie Talkie

Pie in the sky garden: Walkie-Talkie opens Subscription

26 January 2015 | By Oliver Wainwright

Oliver Wainwright reports on the opening of London’s newest, and highly controversial, skyscraper


Escape from Parametric Island: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Subscription

10 January 2015 | By Chloe Wyma

The Abu Dhabi Guggenheim is part of a post-Fordist Disneyland built on slavery and oil


Bad Screen Resolution: DS+R's Doomed Sculpture Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

A doomed installation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro revealed the secret life behind the facades of San Francisco


View from Samara Subscription

2 January 2015 | By Simon Buss

Spanning Tsarism and Constructivism, Samara's complex heritage is under threat, reports Simon Buss


Public principles: Centenary of Lina Bo Bardi's birth Subscription

28 December 2014 | By Jane Hall

Despite recent celebrations of the Modernist architect’s work, is her legacy now under threat?


Gentrifying Jo'burg Subscription

23 December 2014 | By Guy Trangoš

Urban renewal in South Africa intersects with the legacy of apartheid


View from Rome Subscription

20 December 2014 | By Adam Nathaniel Furman

After two and a half decades of inertia, the city of Rome is now trying to put its house in order, says Adam Nathaniel Furman


When Helsinki freezes over: Guggenheim competition shortlist revealed Subscription

17 December 2014 | By Jonathan Glancey

The competition for the Helsinki Guggenheim was as unedifying a spectacle as the proposals threaten to be, writes Jonathan Glancey


The AR launches its 2014 Education Issue as a ‘game-changing’ digital magazine Subscription

11 December 2014

Incorporating the Global Architecture Graduate Awards and leading architectural research, the AR’s new digital issue represents the future of architectural publishing


Winners of The Global Architecture Graduate Awards 2014 Subscription

11 December 2014 | By Will Hunter

Will Hunter introduces the recipients of this year’s GAGAs


Mothers know Best: Focus E15 and the Turf War for City and Home Subscription

4 December 2014 | By Saskia Neibig

How 29 single mothers became unlikely heroines in the campaign for better housing


Trenchant criticism: on poppies, cenotaphs and other memorials Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

On the centenary of the First World War, are there better ways to honour the dead than with a proliferation of memorials?

Berlin Lichtgrenze

Another brick in the Wall: Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall Subscription

25 November 2014 | By

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has been marked by official memorials, but also by public nostalgia for a city losing its soul to capitalism, writes Rob Wilson


Agora phobia: Athen's privatisation of Hellinikon Subscription

8 November 2014 | By Anna Minton

After the disaster of 2008, the vultures close in to feast on Athens


Umbrella urbanism: Hong Kong protests Subscription

28 October 2014 | By John Lin

Weeks of unrest by Hong Kong’s democracy campaigners has met with intransigent opposition from the government, while producing new experiences of the city’s spaces, writes John Lin


View from Paris - Gehry mania and the most preposterous handbag in France Subscription

24 October 2014 | By Andrew Ayers

As his Louis Vuitton branded bauble plops into the Bois, Andrew Ayers finds Gehry mania gripping the French capital

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Pandering to bamboo: on skyscrapers made out of wood Subscription

22 October 2014 | By Tim Coleridge

Is raising the profile of bamboo as a building material for high-rise useful or irresponsible? asks Tim Coleridge


Curation Consumption: Berlin's Museum Island Subscription

10 October 2014 | By Adam Sharr

The museums’ new meta-structure rearranges the collections into a singular heritage and drags visitors through a prescribed promenade designed to encourage consumption of coffees as much as culture


View from Novellara, Italy Subscription

2 October 2014 | By Matilde Cassani

Italy’s rural flatlands are home to a growing population of Sikh farmers who are transforming the landscape with their temples and presence


Milk Bars: the Polish face of gentrification? Subscription

26 September 2014 | By Agata Pyzik

This redesigned and reopened milk bar in Warsaw preserves some of its Soviet-era aesthetic qualities but fails to preserve the milk bar’s crucial social function


Can London stay a good place to live? Subscription

24 September 2014 | By David Michon

After years in the dark, the London Society is relaunching in the hope of galvanising a coalition of Londoners able to intervene in the city’s worryingly uncivic trajectory

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Instrumental Irish architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey win the RIBA Gold Medal Subscription

24 September 2014 | By Raymund Ryan

Only the second Irish practice ever to take the coveted award, O’Donnell + Tuomey’s often surprising architectural moves are marked by a deep understanding of site, bravery and passion


How tech giant Airbnb is rewriting the rulebook on domestic architecture and fueling a housing crisis

23 September 2014

Thanks to the ‘sharing economy’, domestic space is less a private realm than a commodity. Can design make this process work for everyone and not just homeowners and investors, asks Luis Ortega Govela?


Wishful Thinking: The Wish List at the V&A Subscription

19 September 2014 | By

A series of bespoke, ‘wish list’ commissions for top design figures on display at the V&A is a playful and varied one, but an overt imbalance of power lessons the initiative’s innovative idealism


Does what it says on the tin: Amanda Levete's Tincan Restaurant Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

James Haldane visits the pop up diner which is decorated with and serves only tinned seafood


Doing Disability Differently

6 September 2014 | By Jos Boys

Grounded in compliance, accessibility is rarely seen as a creative starting point for design. Jos Boys argues that rethinking ability and architecture offers a powerful tool to design differently


What counts as ‘bad’ architecture? The problem with the Carbuncle Cup Subscription

6 September 2014 | By

From the Carbuncle Cup to the Dead Prize and Zaha in Qatar, architectural journalists resort to moral outrage to shore-up dwindling readerships

New Harmony

View From New Harmony Subscription

27 August 2014 | By Ben Nicholson and Michelangelo Sabatino

Once conceived as a socialist utopia, today New Harmony is a curiously equal community inhabiting an equally curious architectural legacy


Enough Slum Porn: The Global North’s Fetishisation of Poverty Architecture must End Subscription

12 August 2014 | By Dan Hancox

Heralded as interesting architects and creative urbanists, the desperation-driven inhabitants of slums have lost their voice amid Western ‘beneficence’


Scents of Place: The Power of the Olfactory

3 August 2014 | By Victoria Henshaw

A historical disdain for the sense of smell diminishes architecture’s experiential potency, says Victoria Henshaw


View From Edinburgh: An Independent Scotland Would be Better for Architecture Subscription

28 July 2014 | By Malcolm Fraser

For Scottish architecture to flourish once again, Malcolm Fraser argues that Scots must regain their independence from the UK in the imminent referendum


L'Aquila: Five Years After the Earthquake Subscription

28 July 2014 | By Pippo Ciorra

Five years after the tragic earthquake, L’Aquila’s stricken urban fabric is gradually recovering. But what will welcome the dispersed community when they return to their streets and spaces?


Lest we Forget: The Kigali Genocide Memorial Subscription

3 July 2014 | By Tomà Berlanda

Dealing with the events that changed a nation, Rwanda’s Kigali Genocide Memorial, master planned by John McAslan + Partners, combines iconic forms with sensitive space-making

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Drone City: How Unmanned Drones Will Change Urbanism For the Better Video Subscription

2 July 2014 | By Phil Pawlett Jackson

As legislation struggles to keep pace with an explosion of unmanned aircraft, the drone is changing ideas of privacy, transport and creativity

Garcia Fukushima

View from Fukushima Subscription

2 July 2014 | By David Garcia

Three years on from the Tohoku tsunami, Fukushima is still struggling to come to terms with the disaster, reports David Garcia


Think or Swim: Reassessing our Adaptation to Climate Change Subscription

2 July 2014 | By Kit Jones

Responding to the IPCC’s recent message of ‘adapt to survive’ requires more than bigger dams. Rather than change how we build, we must change how we think, writes Kit Jones


Lagos: A Model for the 21st Century City

18 June 2014 | By Seth Kaplan

From Lagos to Medellín, the generative energy of dense cities could drive the development of their fragile parent states, reports Seth Kaplan


View from Beirut Subscription

3 June 2014 | By Thanassis Cambanis

Gripped by a wave of gentrification, Beirut’s coastal promenade acts as an enduring social mixer for an increasingly ghettoised populace, says the AR’s Middle East correspondent


Adversity Breeds Innovation: Detroit's Motors for Growth Subscription

16 May 2014 | By Kaija Wuollet

Despite Detroit’s tale of riches to rags, the city is brimming with optimism and creativity


View from Manitoba, Canada Subscription

28 April 2014 | By Conrad Koslowsky

Winter survival and summer languor dictate how to build on the Canadian prairies, reveals Conrad Koslowsky


Cities for Life: World Urban Forum 2014 Subscription

18 April 2014 | By Alex Warnock-Smith

Explosive globalisation risks leaving behind not only the world’s poor but also its designers, says Alex Warnock-Smith


Urban Triage: Berlin's International Building Exhibition sheds light on the city's uncertain urban future Subscription

15 April 2014 | By Elvia Wilk

Despite Berlin’s undisputed status as a European cultural hub, its inner city is being anesthetised - and is in desparate need of a healthcare plan

Freetown Index

View from Freetown, Sierra Leone Subscription

5 April 2014 | By Killian Doherty

Political impotence and uninhibited economic inequalities stifle the vibrant cultural legacy traceable in Freetown’s urban grain, reveals Killian Doherty

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Discipline and Punish: The Architecture of Human Rights Subscription

31 March 2014 | By Raphael Sperry

Why architects are in need of a Hippocratic Oath of their own to prevent human rights abuses


Black Sky Thinking: Creating New Worlds from Scratch

28 March 2014 | By Rachel Armstrong

In order to meet today’s planetary challenges, Rachel Armstrong argues for ‘Black Sky Thinking’ as a model of speculation that can deal with risk and uncertainty


Water World: Is the Future Floating? Subscription

21 March 2014 | By

In the face of dramatic changes in climate and increasing social inequality, could life on the water come to define urban planning?


Rebuilding Our Cities in a World Facing Flooding Subscription

21 March 2014 | By Sofie Pelsmakers

Retreat, defend or attack: how a multidisciplinary approach is crucial if we are to flood-proof our threatened cities


Cuba’s Urban Farming Revolution: How to Create Self-Sufficient Cities Subscription

17 March 2014 | By Carey Clouse

Havanas’s unique agricultural infrastructure emerged from punishing trade sanctions following the fall of the USSR but today provides an exemplary precedent that could be applied worldwide


Why We All Need a Shorter Working Week

24 February 2014 | By Anna Coote

Infamous for its long hours, the architectural profession is emblematic of a world obsessed with speed and hard work. To unleash the full economic, environmental and creative potential of society, Anna Coote argues we must escape the treadmill


View from Homs, Syria Subscription

7 February 2014 | By Marwa Al-Sabouni

Caught in the crossfire of a battle in which neither side will surrender, Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni reports from the besieged old city of Homs


Neighbourhood Bully: MoMA is wrong Subscription

7 February 2014 | By Michael Webb

MoMA’s uncompromising plan to demolish the American Folk Art Museum defies the fine craft heritage of modern art

Build With Chrome

Creative Block: Google's Interactive Lego World Video Subscription

5 February 2014 | By

The humble Lego brick is rejuvenated by this collaboration with Google, Build With Chrome


View from Svalbard, Norway Subscription

1 February 2014 | By David Garcia

Norway's extreme Svalbard archipelago may become a key hub in the changing future of the Arctic


Renzo Piano Courts Controversy in Malta Subscription

29 January 2014 | By Steve Parnell

Valetta Judgement: Renzo Piano’s designs for the City Gate and Opera House of the Maltese capital city Valletta are recieving a mixed welcome


What if the world was ruled by mayors?

27 January 2014 | By Benjamin R Barber

In a world increacingly defined by its major cities the struggle against urbanity is a struggle against freedom

Olympic stadiums being built at the Black Sea coast in the Imeretin Valley

Civil War, Corruption and Poverty: The Sinister Truth Behind the Sochi Winter Games

20 January 2014 | By Arnold van Bruggen

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games will cost more than all previous Winter Olympics put together. But behind the glamour and cheerful press appearances of Vladimir Putin, lurks a darker story Russian authorities would rather conceal

Public Space

The End of Public Space: One Law to Ban Them All Subscription

15 January 2014 | By Josie Appleton

Laws handing sweeping new powers to police and private security to restrict access to public space are extinguishing the diversity of civic life


Are the rules of what is an office being rewritten by this Russian ‘pay per minute’ coffee shop? Subscription

13 January 2014 | By Michelle Sweeney

A place to work and relax with free WIFI, and all the tea you can drink. This café where you pay by the minute rather than by the mug is changing the landscape of what constitutes a working environment


View from Columbus, Indiana Subscription

8 January 2014 | By Simon Henley

The enlightened patronage of an American industrialist has something to teach us about how to make great places

Editorial View


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

2 May 2015 | By Christine Murray

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

Fran Tonkiss

Palast der Republik

‘Berlin doesn’t do bad buildings as well as London’ Subscription

Fran Tonkiss: Faux Baroque is not the worst thing that can happen to a 21st-century city

Lesley Lokko


'All Change!' is an apt metaphor for a continent that, like Lagos itself, is in an exhilarating state of flux Subscription

Lesley Lokko: is it possible that by embracing change rather than resisting it, we might produce an African idiom/praxis?

Farshid Moussavi

Michael Sorkin


‘Our motivation is to cry against this egregious act of high-Starbucks cultural imperialism’ Subscription

Michael Sorkin: on the rival competition to the Helsinki Guggenheim

Jonathan Meades

La Rouvière, Marseille

‘France candidly acknowledges the gulf between haves and have-nots’ Subscription

Jonathan Meades: French urban planning stands in deep contradiction to the nation’s dream of wholeness

William JR Curtis



Your Views

Catherine Slessor

AR readers pay tribute to Catherine Slessor’s editorship

20 April 2015

Architects, critics and writers praise the editorship of Catherine Slessor


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Film: Interview with Sergei Tchoban Video Subscription

23 February 2015

Sergei Tchoban, designer of the 2012 Russian Pavilion and Museum of Architectural Drawings in Berlin discusses his work and approach to architecture in this film interview produced by BerlinArtLink and Esenija Bannan

Interview with Nicholas Grimshaw

Film: Interview with Nicholas Grimshaw Video Subscription

16 February 2015

Nicholas Grimshaw set up his own practice immediately after graduating from the Architectural Association in 1965. In this intimate interview, he discusses his career, from his education and inspiration to his views on Postmodernism, innovation and anti-architecture

Farshid Moussavi Interview

Film: Interview with Farshid Moussavi Video Subscription

3 February 2015

Farshid Moussavi is director of Farshid Moussavi Architecture and Professor-in-Practice at Harvard GSD. In this in-depth interview she discusses her education, inspirations and career from interning with Zaha Hadid to publishing the Function series of books - a critical analysis of the role of ornament, form and style in architecture.


Interview with Bernard Tschumi Video Subscription

10 September 2014 | Updated: 23 March 2015 | By

Architect of Parc de la Villette, Parc Zoologique de Paris and the author of The Manhattan Transcripts speaks to Paul Finch about his education, work and critical position. Tschumi discusses his interest in the city, his admiration for Cedric Price and why he’s pessimistic about the future of architecture


Film: Charles Jencks critiques the 2014 Venice Biennale Video Subscription

2 July 2014 | By

‘Architecture is a better profession than doctors, lawyers, bankers, accountants and all the other options,’ argues critic, writer and godfather of Postmodern architecture, Charles Jencks

Wouter Vanstiphout Interview

British Pavilion Curators Interview: Crimson Architectural Historians Video Subscription

21 June 2014 | By

Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost discuss this year’s British Pavilion’s exploration of the intersection of popular culture and 20th century architecture

Phyllis Lambert Interview

Interview with Golden Lion winner Phyllis Lambert Video Subscription

13 June 2014 | By

Film interview with the founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the woman behind the Seagram Building in Manhattan

Rem Koolhaas Biennale Interview

The Flying Dutchman: Charles Jencks Interviews Rem Koolhaas on his Biennale Subscription

12 June 2014 | By ,

In this exclusive interview for The Architectural Review, Rem Koolhaas and his former architecture tutor Charles Jencks debate the morality, message and meaning behind this year’s Venice Biennale


Interview with Terry Farrell Video Subscription

30 May 2014

A series of in-depth online films, exploring the life, work and influences of leading architects and thinkers. In the inaugural outing, Terry Farrell discusses with Paul Finch how his Newcastle background shaped his outlook and approach to design; why he doesn’t think of his architectural style as postmodern; and whether property developers are more creative than architects

Ron Arad

Interview with Ron Arad at Clerkenwell Design Week Subscription

22 May 2014 | By

Israeli designer Ron Arad talks to James Haldane about the Tailor My Tom Vac project with furniture company Vitra, and shares his belief in design’s perpetual capacity for innovation