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As the UK bids farewell to the EU, the AR turns to Belgium – the adopted centre of Europe and a fertile petri dish of a new, exciting and prolific architectural culture. As the home of European justice, the law court is Tom Wilkinson’s Typology this month. We review Belgium’s social and architectural history as Owen Hatherley reveals Belgium’s Houses of the People, we look back at the work of Lucien Kroll, revisit Roosenberg Abbey, and Johan Lagae explores the multiple layers of Belgium’s blood-stained colonial legacy in Congo.

With Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north, French-speaking Wallonia in the south, a small German-speaking corner to the east and bilingual Brussels in the middle, Jonathan Meades celebrates Belgium’s ‘multiple identities’. Quai 10 by V+ and L’Escaut in Charleroi are evidence of a new architecture emerging in Wallonia, while in Antwerp in northern Flanders, ‘slow urbanism’ has transformed the expansive Cadix docklands. We take a closer look at the enigmatic Caritas psychiatric hostpital by de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, reveal Marie-José van Hee’s most recent domestic creation, and William Mann gives a retrospective of her long-time collaborators, Robbrecht en Daem. And as we consider the future of Europe, Huw Lemmey reviews Owen Hatherley’s Trans-Europe Express, and we follow Belgian practice 51N4E across borders to review Skanderbeg Square in the Albanian capital of Tirana.

In this issue, you will find...

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Magnificent Belgium: a country without a labelSubscription

By Jonathan Meades

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Shadow box: House V-D, Ghent, by Marie-José Van Hee ArchitectenSubscription

24 August, 2018 By Helen Thomas

The House V-D in Ghent, by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten, joins a canon of work shaped by collaboration with clients and architects alike

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Outrage: Ugly Belgian HousesSubscription

By Hannes Coudenys

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Revisit: Roosenberg AbbeySubscription

By Caroline Voet

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Bank balance: Quai 10 cultural centre and riverside regeneration, Charleroi, by V+ / L’EscautSubscription

29 August, 2018 By

Transforming the riverside and converting a Brutalist bank into a centre for cinema, V+ and L’Escaut set a gold standard for Charleroi’s future as the city attempts to rise from its post-industrial ashes

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Lucien Kroll (1927-)Subscription

By Paul Davies

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    The Money issue is here

    Yasmeen Lari | Heatherwick Studio | Lütjens Padmanabhan | Peter Zumthor | OFFICE | Pezo von Ellrichshausen | Studio KO | Supertanker | Richard Seifert | Typology: Bank

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    July/August 2019 on AR House + Social housing

    General Design Co | Collectif Encore | David Leech Architects | AZL Architects | MORQ | Kochi Architect’s Studio | Lacaton & Vassal | Balkrishna Doshi | Instituto Balear de la Vivienda | Alberto Kalach + TAX | Comunal | Rozana Montiel | Peter Barber Architects | Lacol | Rogelio Salmona | Minnette De Silva | Typology: Palace

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    June 2019 on the islands of Ireland

    dePaor | Grafton | Clancy Moore | TAKA | Ryan W Kennihan Architects | Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects | Noreile Breen | Paul Dillon | Peter and Mary Doyle | Hall McKnight | Kevin Roche

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    May 2019 on Periphery

    Candalepas Associates | Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman | Jean Renaudie / Renée Gailhoustet | 6a Architects | Dominique Coulon & Associés | Nøysom Arkitekter | Reyner Banham

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    April 2019 on Oceans

    Álvaro Siza | Tadao Ando | Ambrosi Etchegaray | Forensic Oceanography | Ateliers Jean Nouvel | Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA | Eriksson Furunes & Leandro V Locsin Partners | Kengo Kuma | Jamie Fobert Architects | Claude Parent

  • March 2019 on Women in Architecture + Sex

    Elizabeth Diller | Hélène Binet | Lina Ghotmeh Architecture | TEd’A | DnA | Karamuk Kuo | OMA | O’Donnell + Tuomey | Flores & Prats | RCR Arquitectes | Ada Louise Huxtable

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    February 2019 on Failure

    Jørn Utzon | Case Design | Rotor | Minoru Yamasaki | Oscar Niemeyer | Foster + Partners | 6A | CTA | Haworth Tompkins | Assemble | ZUS | Typology: Power Station

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    The December 2018/January 2019 Book issue

    Features on books and buildings, with pieces exploring the architecture and influence of books as well as libraries and archives from across the world including the winner of the AR Library awards

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    November 2018 on Emerging Architecture

    Fourteen architects under the age of 45 to watch from around the world, plus pieces on the Netherlands and Amsterdam, where the winner of the AR Emerging Architecture awards 2018 will be announced

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    October 2018 on Food

    Feilden Fowles | Studio FH | Light Earth Designs | IPPR | Metro | Caruso St John | Ateliermob and Colectivo Warehouse | Cooking Sections | Jean Nouvel | Urbain Dubois | Typology: Market hall

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    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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    AR 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

  • 20180423 cover ar intensity

    AR May 2018 on Intensity

    Allies and Morrison | John McAslan + Partners | Mossessian Architecture | Andreas Gursky | Urbz | Terry Farrell | Ingenhoven Architects | Urban-Think Tank | PRODUCTORA | Moshe Safdie | Frank Gehry

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    2018 MIPIM/AR Future Project awards catalogue

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have won the overall prize in this year’s MIPIM/AR Future Project Awards for their Shanghai Old Town Master Plan project

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    AR 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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    AR 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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    AR 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

  • 20171212 cover ar new into old

    AR 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

  • 20171023 cover ar emerging

    AR November 2017 on Emerging Architecture 2017

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

  • 20170918 cover ar after the revolution

    AR October 2017 on After the revolution

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

  • 20170817 cover ar facade

    AR 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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    WAF Winners 2016

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    AR July/August 2017 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: 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: Africa

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

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    April 2017: Form

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

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    MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2017

    The winners of the 16th AR MIPIM Future Project Awards

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    March 2017: Shared Space | Women in Architecture

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

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    February 2017: 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: 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: Building for 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: Emerging Architecture Awards

    1435: Bjarke ingels | Klein Dytham | Thomas Heatherwick | Sou Fujimoto 

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    September 2016: UK

    1434: Caruso St John | Lund Hagem | dRMM | EPR | Aida Atelier | 6a | Shatwell Farm | Herzog & de Meuron | Carmody Groarke | Typology: Pub | Eileen Gray | Brexit

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    July/August 2016: House + Housing

    1433: OMA/De Graaf, PVE, Atelier Fronti, ABA, CF Møller, LAN, UID, DUST, Sanjay Puri, DRDH, Typology: Estates, Mart Stam

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    June 2016: Notopia - the launch of the AR campaign

    1432: O’Donnell + Tuomey, Heneghan Peng, Kyu Sung Woo, OMA, Typology: New Towns, Baron Haussmann, Notopia: Jencks, Glancey, Minton, Murphy

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    May 2016: India

    1431: BV Doshi, Matharoo Associates, vir.mueller architects, Archohm, SP+A, Studio Lotus, Charles Correa, Typology: Corporate HQ, Auroville

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    175 Years of Architectural Education at UCL

    A special publication celebrates the Bartlett’s 175 anniversary

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    World Architecture Festival Winners 2015

    See the winners of last year’s World Architecture Festival

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    April 2016: Faith

    1430: John McAslan, Atanacio & Soza, Vector, Formwerkz, Gonzalo Mardones, Nicholas Hawksmoor, AR FAITH Awards, Typology: Multifaith  

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    MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2016

    The winners of the 15th AR MIPIM Future Project Awards

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    March 2016: Women in Architecture

    1429: Jeanne Gang, Kazuyo Seijima, Charlotte Skene Catling, Tatiana Bilbao, Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture, Jane Drew Prize: Odile Decq, Ada Huxtable Prize: Julia Peyton Jones

  • AR February 2016

    February 2016: Work

    1428: Lorenzo Castro, Lederer Ragnarsdottir Oei, Bruther, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Denis Byrne Architects, CC Arquitectos, AR WORK Awards, Typology: Fire Stations

  • AR January 2016

    January 2016: Culture

    1427: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Anne Holtrop, CTRL G & 51-1, Henning Larsen, Bureau V, Sharon Davis Design, AR CULTURE Awards, Carlo Scarpa, Walt Disney, Typology: Cinemas

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    December 2015: Emerging Architecture Awards

    1426: Supermachine Studio, Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, Pilosio, Sanitas Studio, Joseph Paxton

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    November 2015: China

    1425: Vector Architects, MAD, Ai Weiwei, Original Design Studio, Amateur Architecture Studio, Wang Shu, Typology: Factories 

  • 201510

    October 2015: School

    1424: Hayhurst and Co, CVDB, Rural Urban Framework, OMA, Miller Hull, Vo Trong Nghia, AR SCHOOL Awards, Typology: Universities, Hansen

  • The Big Rethink

    The Big Rethink in Full

    Read Peter Buchanan’s campaign in its entirety

  • 201509

    September 2015: Ornament

    1423: Baukuh, Fat + Grayson Perry, Renzo Piano, Monadnock, OMA, Voysey, Typology: Tombs 

  • 201508

    August 2015: United States

    1422: Renzo Piano, Studio Gang, David Adjaye, Shigeru Ban, Michael Maltzan, Colin Rowe, Typology: Swimming Pools 

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    MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards 2015 Catalogue

  • 201507

    July 2015: House

    1421: David Chipperfield, Ryo Matsui, Dekleva Gregorič, Alberto Campo Baeza, Mount Fuji, Tropical Space, AR HOUSE Awards

  • The AR June 2015 Latinoamérica

    June 2015: Latinoamerica

    1420: Grafton Architects, Vigliecca, Juan Pablo Ortiz, Freddy Mamani, Smiljan Radic, Pezo von Ellrichshausen

  • 201505

    May 2015: Let it burn

    1419: Reiner de Graaf on Capitalism, Renato Rizzi, Thomas Heatherwick, Luciano Pia, David Best and Artichoke, Frei Otto, Playboy

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    April 2015: Humanplan

    1418: Kengo Kuma, Barozzi Veiga, Büro Ole Scheeren/OMA, Jencks on Graves, Ecological Urbanism, Shigeru Ban

  • 201503

    March 2015

    1417: Standard Architecture, Valerio Olgiati, Selgas Cano, Toni Gironès, Charles Jencks on style, Farshid Moussavi, Henry van de Velde

  • 201502

    February 2015

    1416: Álvaro Siza, Jonathan Woolf, Fermín Vázquez, Selgas Cano, Richard Neutra

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    January 2015

    1415: DRDH, MVRDV, Jamie Fobert, Anttinen Oiva, Charles and Ray Eames, HRH The Prince of Wales

  • Education Issue 2014

    Education Issue 2014

    Global Architecture Graduate Awards essays and research papers

  • AR2014_12

    December 2014

    1414: Emerging Architecture Awards, Shingo Masuda+Katsuhisa Otsubo Architects, CC Arquitectos/Manuel Cervantes Céspedes, CHROFI, Atelier Deshaus

  • November 2014, 1413

    November 2014

    1413: Frank Gehry Neutelings Riedijk BCQ Arquitectura Giancarlo Mazzanti Big Rethink Revisited Paul Rudolph AR @ Soane

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