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Typology studies

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    Typology: Law CourtSubscription

    From Kafkaesque labyrinths of columns and arches to the abstraction of Modernist towers: the representation of justice in a world ruled by its absence is an intractable task 

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    Typology: PrisonSubscription

    To confine, secure, rehabilitate or punish: the prison has several, sometimes contradictory aims, but however humane its approach, penal architecture is essentially cruel

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    Typology: Buildings for animalsSubscription

    Designing buildings for animals has prompted an extraordinary range of responses, from palace to cat flap, which say more about humans than the residents

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    Typology: BathhouseSubscription

    Since time immemorial, and from continent to continent, saunas or bathhouses have played a community role, stripping their users of social distinctions and affording a rich seam for architects

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    Typology: Public toiletSubscription

    From the pissoir to the sanisette, from the communal to the stand-alone pod, from male to female provision, a rich seam of history runs through toilets

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    Typology: ShopSubscription

    Sacred lair of the commodity, its mysteries veiled by plate glass: who can resist the lure of the shop? 

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    Typology: HotelsSubscription

    Anonymous rooms for anonymous and rootless lives, the hotel has long been a giant metaphor for modernity

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    Typology: DamsSubscription

    The control of nature promised a world transformed for the benefit of humans, but have gigantic dams drowned such hopes?

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    Typology: SkyscraperSubscription

    Soaring expression of the individualistic spirit of capitalism, logical extrusion of land values or irrational, anti-urban monster?

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    Typology: AirportSubscription

    Once glamorous gateways to freedom, airports have become zones of consumerist tedium and state terror – but the emotional intensity of the departure gate endures

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    Typology: Public SquareSubscription

    When human particles collide in the accelerator of the square, the public comes into being – as evanescent as an unstable element

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    Typology: Artist StudioSubscription

    The studio reflects the changing status of artists through time, from the humble workspace of art workers to the hallowed ground of masters

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    Typology: CrematoriumSubscription

    Our final encounter with architecture increasingly takes place in crematoria but, despite an association with modern bureaucratic society, the type has a long history

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    Typology: PubSubscription

    Idealised as a comforting refuge and a site of warm conviviality, the public house can also be divisive

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    Typology: Housing EstateSubscription

    From the green quadrangles of medieval almshouses to towering banlieues, the history of mass housing represents architecture at its most high-minded – which makes its failures all the more painful

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    Typology: New townsSubscription

    Creating new urban areas from scratch may appear to be a utopian exercise, but more frequently it entrenches existing systems of power

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    Typology: Corporate campus Subscription

    With the 1940s came a compulsion to move headquarters from the inner-city sprawl to more tranquil environs out of town. Is the resurgent migration a retreat to a natural idyll or a calculated isolation?

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    Typology: Multifaith Subscription

    Religious belief systems remain powerful and distinct but, alongside the differences, comes a call for greater tolerance and cohesion. Can the worship of different gods take place under one roof?

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    Typology: Fire StationsSubscription

    The fire station is a unique blend of domesticity and workplace, with the engines brought as close as possible to the living quarters in search of the world’s briefest commute (preferably via pole)

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    Typology: CinemasSubscription

    Gloriously kitsch picture palaces engulfed the masses in darkness, while opening virtual space through the screen

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