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Bounds of possibility: writing at the edges of EuropeSubscription

By Owen Hatherley

The conflict-strewn past of the borderlands of Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey belies a depth of human spirit poignantly captured by Kapka Kassabova

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Drivers' licence: the possibility of garage spaceSubscription

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The simplicity of the garage’s form has allowed its owners to make of it what they will

The book of books: AR December 2018/January 2019


Through the ages, books have shaped architectural discourse and culture at least as much as buildings have. From manifestos to monographs to memoirs, architects have reimagined themselves as authors to communicate their ideas, elevate their status to that of intellectuals rather than builders, and promote their work to the world.

While the AR has long included reviews of recent publications, The book of books seeks to make more of these appraisals, dedicating an insert in select issues to books which frame and elaborate the themes through which we explore architecture; giving weight to the written, and straying occasionally into the poetic or otherwise oblique

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Volumes of words: the architecture of the pageSubscription

By Hannah Gregory

Reciprocities between text and architecture open up new ways of reading

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Temples of ignorance: boundaries blur between book collections and the buildings that house them Subscription

By Maarten Delbeke, Emma Letizia Jones

As building and as metaphor – from the civic space of the library to Giulio Camillo’s ‘theatre of memory’, architecture plays a crucial part in the structuring and disposition of knowledge 

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Lives laid along the line: the lived realities of the borderlandsSubscription

By Maria McLintock

The language of the border has been abstracted and its scars covered over, obscuring the lives and narratives that surround it

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Book: Blast on the pastSubscription

By Alan Powers

In Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism James Steven Curl reignites the critique of Modernism, its protagonists and its acceptance in the aftermath of the First World War, yet breaks little new ground

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Sentimental value: from Gordon Matta-Clark to emotional capitalismSubscription

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Two exhibitions at the CCA take a sledgehammer to traditional economic systems, rip apart property markets, and find value in the rubble

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Tortuous trajectories: the loves and lives of Modern couplesSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

Activating multiple modernities and identities, the Barbican’s Modern Couples exhibition probed the explicit intertwining of lives and art

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Toward a concrete utopia: Yugoslavian architecture 1948-1980Subscription

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MoMA’s powerful exhibition on Yugoslavia’s architecture is testament to the successful heterogeneity of a failed socialist state

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Grafton’s Venice Biennale 2018: Freespace remains a nebulous conceptSubscription

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While there are some interesting contributions, the main exhibition’s incoherence proves that brilliant architects do not necessarily make good curators

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‘Shenzhen’s Biennale regurgitates Central Party concerns in a festival of restraint’Subscription

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The tenth offering of the UABB is a patrician approach to the ‘problem’ of urbanising China

The Chicago Biennial 2015 will be held at Chicago’s former Public Library, which is now used as a Cultural Centre.

'An intriguing, occasionally frustrating, but often enjoyable festival of architecture'Subscription

By Edwin Heathcote

The first-ever major architectural festival in the USA whets, rather than spoils, the appetite

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As good as grief gets: architecture, loss and resurrection at Highgate CemeterySubscription

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A ghostly reimagining of Adolf Loos’s unbuilt tomb for Max Dvorák questioned architecture’s role in dealing with and representing loss

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Architectural reconstruction of international crimesSubscription

By Zaira Magliozzi

Forensic Architecture’s investigations prove how fundamental architecture is to understand war zones and the explosion of urban violence

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Are we human?Subscription

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The curators of this year’s Istanbul design biennial ask some enormous questions – but would answers be more useful?

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