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This month’s AR explores architectural intensity in all its forms, from the density and energy of the city to fleeting spectacle and cycles of transient inhabitation. As the Venice Biennale repopulates the Arsenale and Giardini for another year, we examine the temporary city of Burning Man and the jaw-dropping influx of pilgrims to the sacred Islamic site of Makkah.

Catherine Slessor mourns the death of the pleasure garden and the ‘typology of intensity’ – fairgrounds, markets, pilgrimage sites, carnivals, nightclubs, sports stadiums and places of frenetic but transient inhabitation – while Rahul Mehrotra and Felipe Vera examine the kinetic cities of India, re-envisaging urban environments as ‘ephemeral landscapes’ shaped by temporal patterns and cycles of change.

Revisiting Moshe Safdie’s 1967 model for urban density at Habitat 67 in Montreal reveals that it has stood the test of time, while the most recent housing prototypes by Urban-Think Tank challenge the standard housing model across Khayelitsha, the second biggest township in South Africa. And this month’s Reputations lifts the shimmering, mutating lid on Frank Gehry whose iconic architecture is ‘in your face evidence’ of the world we live in.

In this issue, you will find...

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Pleasure principles: on the homogenisation of the modern citySubscription

By Catherine Slessor

The commodification and proscription of urban intensity is a threat to the life of the city

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Notopia: Cultivating the city of the 21st centurySubscription

By Terry Farrell

With the world’s cities growing at a rate never seen before, Terry Farrell is optimistic that digital technologies will determine their future

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Driven to distraction: the gravitational draw of the urbanSubscription

By Will Self

Will Self recalls the search for urban excitement after the suburban tedium of childhood

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Outrage: pure developer's architecture too often forgets the value of truly public spaceSubscription

By Owen Hatherley

Public space, where communities flourish, is often the first casualty of housing renewal today

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Makkah's popularity: a tale of two citiesSubscription

By Hessa AlBader, Hussam Dakkak, Basmah Kaki

In its quest to cater for pilgrims, Makkah has transformed from modest to grandiose, socially, architecturally and technologically

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The Indian city kinetic: consuming, reinterpreting and recycling spacesSubscription

By Rahul Mehrotra, Felipe Vera

Re-envisaging the city as a fluid symbiosis of the formal and informal could spark a more synergetic urbanism

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Burning intensity: an overwhelming collective energy fills the empty plain of the Nevada desertSubscription

By John Marx

The temporary city of Burning Man resonates with a unique communal vibrancy

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Revisit: Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada, by Moshe SafdieSubscription

By Tim Abrahams

The articulation of a sophisticated social ambition through a complex physical arrangement has stood the test of time

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Heart of greenness: Marina One, Singapore by Ingenhoven Architects with Gustafson Porter + BowmanSubscription

By Jeremy Melvin

Ingenhoven Architects’ Marina One mixed-use development in Singapore achieves a remarkable intensity of use and form

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Family business: Empower Shack in Khayelitsha near Cape Town, South Africa by Urban-Think Tank and ETH ZurichSubscription

By Iain Low

The Empower Shack prototypes in the township of Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, upgrades extended-family housing with built-in flexibility

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Pyramid scheme: Teopanzolco Cultural Centre in Cuernavaca, Mexico, by Isaac Broid and PRODUCTORA Subscription

By Eleanor Beaumont

Placing the Aztec ruins centre stage, the Teopanzolco Cultural Centre is a dramatic landscape for performance

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Andreas Gursky and an economy of scaleSubscription

By Eleanor Beaumont

Depicting 30 years of global capitalism and mass consumerism, the photographs of Andreas Gursky sometimes make for uncomfortable viewing

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Urbz: ’Dirt is fertile. Mess is more’ Subscription

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Working with Mumbai’s density, productivity and energy, Urbz’s user-centric architecture has expanded outside India to Bogotá, São Paulo, Geneva and Seoul

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Frank Gehry (1929-)Subscription

By Paul Davies

Gehry’s enduring career spotlights a world that has long lain waste to the spatial conceptions and obligations of the Renaissance

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Dark matters: The avant-garde and club culture since the 1960sSubscription

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The darkness of the nightclub is deployed to conceal bodies and acts that may not be acceptable in the sunlit street

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Intense relationships: measuring urban intensitySubscription

By Tim Stonor

Enriching design practice by the mapping of human behaviour patterns could transform urban space

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A map in search of lost territory: Msheireb Downtown Doha, Qatar by Arup, AECOM and Allies and MorrisonSubscription

By Jay Merrick

The development of Msheireb Downtown Doha is intended to recreate the cultural roots of the district while accepting the march of time

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Your views: William JR Curtis on MoneoSubscription

By William JR Curtis

The idea of a unified ‘Modernism’ is indeed a myth: William JR Curtis responds to Rafael Moneo’s Soane Lecture

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The gondola and the speedboat: Venice as a crucible of cultureSubscription

By Jonathan Glancey

As a melting pot of art and culture, Venice has historically been a source of inspiration for many

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Yiwu: China's trinket townSubscription

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The Chinese city of Yiwu is undergoing a modern-day Gold Rush of novelty item suppliers

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    The AR Belgium issue is here

    Robbrecht en Daem | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Marie-José Van Hee | 51N4E | MSA | V+ | L’Escaut | OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen | noAarchitecten | AgwA | Dom Hans van der Laan | Lucien Kroll | Typology: Law court

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    AR July/August 2018 on AR House + Furniture

    ZAV | Schemata | Vo Trong Nghia | Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez | Aalto University Wood Program | Mesura | O’BVDSH | Junya Ishigami | Charlotte Perriand | Olson Kundig | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Lu Wenyu | Sigurd Lewerentz

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    June 2018 on Power and Justice

    Renzo Piano Building Workshop | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Kieran Timberlake | Emergency Architecture & Human Rights | Youssef Haidar | CF Møller | Combas | Forensic Architecture | Danae Stratou and Yanis Varoufakis | Piranesi | Typology: Prison

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    April 2018 on Rethinking the rural

    Dessin et Construction | Carmody Groarke | Dorte Mandrup | Invisible Studio | Plan:b arquitectos | Edwin Lutyens | Typology: Building for animals

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    March 2018 on Women in Architecture

    Wolff Architects | WISE Architecture | MAIO | Gabinete de Arquitectura | Dow Jones | Paredes Pedrosa | 6a Architects | Barclay & Crousse | Amanda Levete | Madelon Vriesendorp | Zaha Hadid

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    February 2018 on Korea

    Kim Swoo Geun | David Chipperfield Architects | CoRe Architects | STPMJ | Kim Jong Kyu | Mass Studies | Iroje | Byoungsoo Cho | Sewoon Sangga | Paju Book City | Typology: Bathhouse

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    December 2017/January 2018 on New into Old

    Teget | Wingårdhs | O-office | ZHA | Duggan Morris | Diederendirrix | Heatherwick Studio | Flores & Prats | MVRDV | LOWDO | Jørn Utzon | Rafael Moneo | Cedric Price

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    November 2017 on Emerging Architecture

    Emerging Architecture awards | Berlin | Archive: Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonie | Karl Friedrich Schinkel | Franz Hessel | Typology: public toilet

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    October 2017 on After the revolution

    Social Condenser | Narkomfin | Program 200 | Alexander Brodsky | Alexey Ginzburg | DK-CM | Sergey Gnedovsky | Nowadays | El Lissitzky

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    September 2017 on Facades

    Gottfried Semper | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Caruso St John | Li Xiaodong | COBE | Rocha + Carrillo | Avenier Cornejo | John Portman | Typology: Shop

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    July/August 2017 issue on Home

    NL & XVW | Jo Noero | Studio Mumbai | GENS | CUHK | Lund Hagem | Lisa Shell | Lab.Pro.Fab | AHO & Kengo Kuma | Brinkworth | Charles Moore | Typology: Hotel

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    June 2017 issue on Water

    Superpositions | Philippe Rahm | Johansen Skovsted | AL_A | Vector architects | RAAAF | Plug architecture | RCR | Frank Lloyd Wright | Typology: Dam

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    May 2017 on Africa

    Wolff Architects | Ross Langdon + Studio FH | David Adjaye | Urko Sanchez | designworkshop:sa | Diébédo Francis Kéré | Typology: Skyscraper

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    April 2017 on Form

    Herzog & de Meuron | Neri & Hu | Glenn Murcutt | KWK Promes | Christ & Gantenbein | OMA | Patkau Architects | Typology: Airport | Martin Heidegger 

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    March 2017 on Shared Space & Women in Architecture

    SO–IL | Montiel | Mangera Yvars | 5468796 | Taller | XTU | Marks Barfield | Leers Weinzapfel | Typology: Public Square | Denise Scott Brown

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    February 2017 on Craft

    1438: Studio Mumbai | Peter Zumthor | Peter Salter | Liu Jiakun | Gianni Botsford | David Adjaye | Wim Goes | Fernando Menis | Typology: Studio | William Burges 

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    December/January 2016-17 on Celebrating 120 Years

    Rare and unseen archive pieces plus commentary from: Norman Foster | Patrik Schumacher | Beatriz Colomina | Yvonne Farrell | Gillian Darley | Peter Cook

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    November 2016 on Health & Death

    Death | Paul Lukez | Juan Carlos Salas | Fieldoffice | Typology: Crematorium | Boullée | Health | Karlsson/Vilhelm Lauritzen | Foster + Partners |  RUF | Aalto

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    October 2016 on Emerging Architecture

    1435: 18 rising global stars, including Frida Escobedo and Beals Lyon, plus profiles of past winners: Bjarke ingels | Klein Dytham | Thomas Heatherwick | Sou Fujimoto 

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