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Francesca torzo sketch sketchbook architectural review index

The open sketchbook: collecting ideasSubscription

Whether a set of scribbled reminders or a finely detailed record, the sketchbook can be a repository of lessons learned: a distillation, sense of site, or vast library of architectural precedent

Coop himmelb(l)au’s restless sphere bubbles architectural review

Living in a bubble: smooth surfaces to shieldSubscription


As architectural forms for the head, the body and the city, balloons and bubbles draw our attention to the air we breathe

Nanna heitman nathan kravis the couch architectural review

Analysing the couch: the significance of the recumbent posture in psychoanalysisSubscription

The analyst’s couch is a purveyor of dreams and free association in the face of self-reflection 

Essays and reviews

Letters from the Editor

Dymaxion House

The Big Rethink revisited: Becoming EarthlingsSubscription


Reflecting on The Big Rethink series of essays, Buchanan argues for a new culture integrating understandings of ecology, evolution and identity

The full Big Rethink


‘Architecture is now a tool of capital, complicit in a purpose antithetical to its social mission’Subscription

By Reinier de Graaf

As large housing estates are being demolished and the age of great social democracies recedes, taking with it any notion of an architecture for the public, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf asks if there is any alternative to building capital