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  • Von boullee bis le corbusier

    Seeds of discontent: can architecture be revolutionary?Subscription

    By Jeremy Melvin

    Reflecting on historical interactions between architecture, culture and politics, Jeremy Melvin asks whether architecture can ever be revolutionary 

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    Perestroika of lifeSubscription

    By Andrew Willimott

    The ‘social condenser’ encouraged collective consciousness and elevated the design of life to a science

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    Making history: Origins, Invention, RevisionSubscription

    By Jeremy Melvin

    James S Ackerman’s final book, featuring previously unpublished essays, is testament to why architectural history is a valid subject in its own right

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    Behind the veilSubscription

    By Alice Bucknell

    The face of Tehran is changing as traditional notions of private and public mutate and architects look abroad

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    Skin deepSubscription

    By Catherine Slessor

    As a temporary prosthesis applied to facades, scaffolding is emblematic of wider processes of transformation

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    Between the building and the streetSubscription

    By Jeremy Melvin, Andrew Willimott

    Gottfried Semper was neglected by facade-averse Modernists, but he still has something to say about the face of architecture

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    ‘Some buildings are created icons, some achieve iconicity, some have iconicity thrust upon them’Subscription

    By Ruth Lang

    A new analysis of iconic architecture shows how it becomes emblematic of the immaterial forces behind it, but crucially disregards the agency of architects

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    The Architecture of the Green BeltSubscription

    By John Grindrod

    The expanses of land protected to prevent the sprawl of British cities are actually full of buildings

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    The Europeanness of British ArchitectureSubscription

    Architecture may seem helpless in the face of political crises, but this has not stopped people from trying – and under far worse circumstances than our own

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    Letter from MadridSubscription

    By Jeremy Melvin

     The Norman Foster Foundation inaugural forum explored how technological, social and financial issues affect the world of architecture