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Interview with Kate RaworthSubscription

The author of Doughnut Economics ruminates on the urgent question of how we might meet the needs of all people, within the means of the planet

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Lying fallow: the value of idlenessSubscription

By Michael Chieffalo, Julia Smachylo

In a world in constant motion there is an ecological imperative to embrace the value of idleness

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Waging war: pay for domestic labourSubscription

By Edwina Attlee

Silvia Federici argued in the ’70s that capitalism relies on unpaid domestic labour undertaken by women. Her words ring with new resonance today

Essays and reviews

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    Editorial: the price of everything, the value of nothing

    The September issue of the AR looks at the topic of money in all its permutations, both glittering and dirty, investigates its relationship to architecture and explores the idea of degrowth as it gains wider traction

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    Editorial: palaces for people

    Combining the winners of the AR House awards 2019 and an array of social housing projects in one double issue provides rich opportunity to explore the places we live now and the responsibilities in designing them

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    Editorial: no man is an island

    Choosing to encompass instead the entirety of ‘the islands of Ireland’ is itself a provocation – one that nevertheless proves productive, as we ramble and rove around collapsed seams and difficult terrain to cast an eye over a land in the middle of something

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    Editorial: set on edge

    We draw lines to make sense of messiness, to define and enclose, but life happens in the margins – in the slippery periphery that is continuously constructed but nevertheless remains elusive and underexplored

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    Editorial: trying to turn the tide

    Humanity has long engaged with the mythological image of the opaque ocean through attempts at dominion, but we are now forced to plan for an imminent and uncertain future as the waters return to rise against us

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    Editorial: sexual revolutions

    In the annual Women In Architecture issue the AR looks beyond feminist practices and binary gender divisions, proposing we remake our ideas about sex, sexuality and gender –  and correspondingly their relationship with architecture and cities

Letters from the Editor

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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

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    Folio: Wenzel Hablik's Notgeld

    When hyperinflation gripped Germany in the 1920s, Notgeld replaced the official currency as the German Mark plummeted – worth more as children’s play material than the monetary value printed on it

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    Folio: George Finch

    The London County Council (LCC) architect designed the generous Lambeth Towers in 1972, which exemplified his belief in the power of architecture to transform lives

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    Folio: Francis Bacon

    The County Kildare native asserted that he couldn’t come back to Ireland until he was dead – perhaps fitting then, that the contents of his South Kensington studio were posthumously decanted to Dublin

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    Folio: Jonas Staal's New World Summit

    Dutch artist Jonas Staal’s New World Summit is an artistic and political organisation dedicated to providing alternative parliaments, hosting political groups excluded from democracy

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    Folio: The Flood of Noah

    From Genesis 7:11-24, The Flood of Noah by William de Brailes (c1250) illustrates a scene from the story of Noah’s Ark

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    Folio: Madelon Vriesendorp's all-seeing mannequin

    From artists to architects and politicans to performers, a sea of talented women’s eyes – shaped in the female form – look back at the reader


‘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