Peter Buchanan is a London-based architecture writer and lecturer and former AR Deputy Editor. He is best known for his series of critical essays for The Big Rethink published by The Architectural Review and for his books on architecture
The scandalous failure to revisit and learn from the lives of buildings seriously diminishes the potential of architecture
Thirty-three years on from his original critique of Hertzberger’s De Overloop care home, Peter Buchanan contrasts the architect’s altruistic approach with the ego-driven generation that followed
The Ministry of Social Welfare stands in opposition to the placeeroding internationalist pressures of the ’80s, the decade over which its design was developed.
Too many architects once heralded as rising stars have seen their work descend into caricature and recycled motifs.
Empty gestures: Starchitecture's Swan SongSubscription
Architecture must move on from pandering to preposterous concepts in an adolescent search for momentary excitement. But to do this will require a more critical perspective from architectural academe and the media
David Mackay (1933-2014)Subscription
Peter Buchanan pays tribute to the architect-planner who revivified Barcelona with Oriol Bohigas and Josep Martorell
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
Becoming Human by Design Subscription
Although timely, urgent and deserving of attention, Tony Fry’s book is a difficult and demanding read
Handsomely produced but lacking deep exploration of the theme; Peter Buchanan reviews the book which accompanies MoMA’s recent exhibition
Form follows worldviewSubscription
Following The Big Rethink campaign, Peter Buchanan reviews Earthscan by Rob Fleming, an address to sustainability in architectural education