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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.
Both internationally revered and plagued with controversy, this social housing complex in Rio de Janeiro has now been resurrected following decades of neglect
Kenneth Frampton coined the phrase Critical Regionalism to define the elements of topography, climate, light and tectonics fundamental to the art of building – these are equally valid today