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Notes from the AR Archive

Many key articles about historical architects are being digitised and are accessible on the AR’s website

Since 1896, the Architectural Review has been on a mission to discover and promote the best architecture from around the world. But the AR is not just another disposable monthly magazine. A key aspect of its role is as a journal of record, forming a unique and irreplaceable archive. For 115 years, the AR has tracked the development of modern architecture, attracting exceptional writers and photographers to analyse and record an unparalleled roll-call of key buildings. Over time, this has built up into a major repository of information that feeds through into the quality of architectural discussion in the AR’s pages and website.

This month’s special online archive features include the AR’s original coverage of James Stirling’s Sackler Museum at Harvard University, in addition to the Docks de Paris project by Jakob + MacFarlane, architects of the Orange Cube. A focus on early projects by Eric Owen Moss and Morphosis adds to the understanding of their current buildings and analyses the progress of ideas across the years. Plus there is an exclusive interview with David Chipperfield, architect of the Turner Contemporary in Margate in which he discusses form-making, place and the relationship of art to architecture.

As well as archive features directly relating to this issue, it’s also 20 years since the opening of Stansted Airport by Norman Foster, so readers can browse through the AR Stansted special issue that marked its completion in May 1991.

This archive material amplifies and illuminates current debate, forming a resonant link with the past and offering fresh perspectives on architectural history. A feast for the mind and the eye, the AR Archive is a fund of influential ideas and stimulating critiques that celebrate the progress of modern architecture.

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