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As the dark of the night is progressively hedged out by 24/7 cities and light technology, political futures for many around the world nevertheless seem increasingly overcast, the dark cloud of the climate crisis looming menacing over all.

In this issue we look to what happens in the dark, from sleep to dancing to all varieties of shady behaviour. For a discipline so focused on the visual, absolute darkness can be a difficult subject – but for many, the colour black remains a gainly aesthetic and symbolic tool. Life in the shadows can be subversive if marginal, and in a culture of ever-increasing surveillance, these unseen pockets might become the last bastion of resistance.

In this issue, you will find...

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Dark ecology: Climate Museum in Lleida by Estudi d'Arquitectura Toni Gironès Subscription


The perpetually unfinished climate museum by Estudi d’Arquitectura Toni Gironès in Lleida, Spain, is a devastating prophecy of our ecological future

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Building for the blindSubscription

By Gabriela Carrillo

Architecture for the visually impaired by Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo forces us to ‘see’ in new ways

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Paint it blackSubscription


From the charcoal marks of prehistoric humans to dark modern art dealing with the destruction of war, blackness simultaneously speaks of everything and nothing

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Shadow of the wind: Windermere Jetty Museum by Carmody Groarke Architects Subscription

By Lili Zarzycki

Carmody Groarke’s new museum on Lake Windermere welcomes the water it sits over, building on the rich industrial and poetic heritage of the setting

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Tadao Ando (1941-)Subscription

By Ken Tadashi Oshima

The young boxer turned self-trained architect mastered a signature style of concrete and shadow in Japan before exploding onto the global scene


Full circle: Fass School in Senegal by Toshiko Mori ArchitectSubscription

By Chérif Tall

At the Fass School, Toshiko Mori exploits time-honoured techniques and materials befitting the climate and context of Senegal to harness shade and provide shelter

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Shady democracy: shelter from the sun is a public resourceSubscription

By Lesley Lokko

Shelter from the sun in urban Africa is a public resource and site of civic life, but is under threat from economic forces with roots in colonial city planning


Typology: NightclubSubscription


The last thing on a clubber’s mind is architecture, but that doesn’t mean design can’t shape a night out


Outrage: subversive sleepSubscription

By Ruth Noack

Sleeping is a political act and one of the last bastions against the unfettered ravages of late capitalism

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Nightwalking in LondonSubscription

By Matthew Beaumont

Nocturnal wanderings inspire both the escape from and the search for the self, revealing the best and worst of humanity, and promoting creativity

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Come to light: Teatro Biobío in Concepción, Chile by Smiljan RadićSubscription

By Alejandra Celedón

From the absolute blackness of the auditorium at its heart to its ethereal translucent skin, Smiljan Radić’s Teatro Biobío in Concepción, Chile, is a theatrical performance of light

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Lights out: cities cloaked in darknessSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

Whether the result of war or technological failure, blackouts expose our precarious reliance on light, but also make us see social relations differently

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    The Tourism issue is here

    Studio Anne Holtrop | Valerio Olgiati | Leopold Banchini & Noura Al Sayeh | Taylor + Hinds | One O One | Fala | Gio Ponti | Charlotte Perriand | Marcel Breuer | Martin Parr

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    March 2020 on Masculinities + W Awards

    Yasmeen Lari | Beatriz Colomina | Hawkins\Brown | Collective Architecture | Mole Architects | Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners | Atelier Masōmī | Francesca Torzo Architetto | BDR Bureau | Gatti Routh Rhodes | Svetlana Kana Radević | Joel Sanders | Typology: Gymnasium

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    2020 MIPIM/AR Future Project awards catalogue

    See all of the entrants, commended and winning projects from this year’s Future Project Awards

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    February 2020 on Soil

    Martin Rauch | Waugh Thistleton Architects | BC Architects | De Gouden Liniaal Architecten | Anne Holtrop | Ensamble Studio | Junya Ishigami | Voellmy Schmidlin Architektur | Bas Princen | Hassan Fathy 1468 cover ar soil Click ...

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    December 2019/January 2020 on New into Old + Preservation

    Flores & Prats | Witherford Watson Mann | Rural Urban Framework + University of Hong Kong | Aulets | Architectural Design & Research Institute of Zhejiang University | Max Von Werz, Mateo Riestra and José Arnaud-Bello | Lina Bo Bardi | Jamie Fobert | George Monbiot | William Morris

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    November 2019 on the Foreign + Emerging Architecture

    Sixteen architects under the age of 45 to watch from around the world, plus critical regionalism revisited, the Bauhaus in Britain, Laurie Baker, Louis Kahn, Álvaro Siza and much more 1466 cover ar foreign ...

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    October 2019 on Brazil

    Paulo Mendes da Rocha | MMBB Arquitetos | Andrade Morettin | Kengo Kuma + FGMF | Königsberger Vannucchi | Brasil Arquitetura | Affonso Eduardo Reidy | Gru.a | 23 Sul | Messina Rivas | C+P Arquitetura | Rosenbaum + Aleph Zero | Oscar Niemeyer

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    September 2019 on Money

    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 + the Netherlands

    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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    September 2018 on Belgium

    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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    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

  • 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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    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

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    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

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    AR November 2017 on Emerging Architecture 2017

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

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    AR 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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    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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    Women in Architecture Awards 2017 shortlists revealed

    We are delighted to announce the women in the running for the Architect of the Year Award and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture

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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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    What to buy an architect this Christmas

    The gift-giving season is here – and chances are you have to buy something for an architect, prompting fears of the disparaging looks your gifts might receive when they are just not quite right. Fear not: the AR’s fight against mediocrity also extends to presents, and here we have selected a few architects’ favourites.

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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

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    February 2016: Work

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

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    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 

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    October 2015: School

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

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    The Big Rethink in Full

    Read Peter Buchanan’s campaign in its entirety

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    September 2015: Ornament

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

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    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

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    July 2015: House

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

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    June 2015: Latinoamerica

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

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    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

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    March 2015

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

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    February 2015

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

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