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While many buildings might show outstanding promise at their opening, few can stand the test of time. The long gestations and longer lives of buildings disrupt a conventional sense of when criticism might be considered timely, and the impact – direct or dispersed – of these structures lingers long after their architects have moved on. As Peter Buchanan has evinced, we take seriously the responsibility to remain invested in the lives and afterlives of buildings with, and after, inhabitation.

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Revisit: Pedregulho housing complex, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Affonso Eduardo ReidySubscription

By Flávia Brito do Nascimento

Both internationally revered and plagued with controversy, this social housing complex in Rio de Janeiro has now been resurrected following decades of neglect

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The urgent case for revisitsSubscription


Introduction by Peter Buchanan to ongoing series in The Architectural Review

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Blurred vision: revisiting Ian Nairn's SubtopiaSubscription

By Gillian Darley

Looking back at the peripheries, edges and endings of Subtopia, it seems little has been learned 

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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