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Peter Buchanan's stories

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  • Mothers' House, Amsterdam, by Aldo van Eyck

    Street urchin: Mothers' House, Amsterdam, by Aldo van EyckSubscription

    Buildings13 November, 2018

    The Mothers’ House in Amsterdam can be seen as a sequel to the Modern Movement. After a career concerned with reintroducing the timeless elements too often ignored by others Aldo van Eyck now seems to be re-assessing and revealing more overtly his own roots in Modernism.

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    From the Archive: The nature of Andy GoldsworthySubscription

    Thinkpiece16 March, 2018

    From AR February 1988, the ephemeral, delightfully moving sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy exist beyond their original fleeting moment as photoworks

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    Ministry of Social Welfare in The Hague, the Netherlands, by Herman HertzbergerSubscription

    Buildings30 January, 2016

    The Ministry of Social Welfare stands in opposition to the placeeroding internationalist pressures of the ’80s, the decade over which its design was developed.

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    Can early acclaim for an architect be a handicap - even the kiss of death?Subscription

    Thinkpiece2 December, 2015

    Too many architects once heralded as rising stars have seen their work descend into caricature and recycled motifs.

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    Empty gestures: Starchitecture's Swan SongSubscription

    Thinkpiece27 February, 2015

    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

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    David Mackay (1933-2014)Subscription

    Thinkpiece24 November, 2014

    Peter Buchanan pays tribute to the architect-planner who revivified Barcelona with Oriol Bohigas and Josep Martorell

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    The Big Rethink revisited: Becoming EarthlingsSubscription

    Thinkpiece21 November, 2014

    Reflecting on The Big Rethink series of essays, Buchanan argues for a new culture integrating understandings of ecology, evolution and identity

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    Becoming Human by Design Subscription

    Thinkpiece11 February, 2014

    Although timely, urgent and deserving of attention, Tony Fry’s book is a difficult and demanding read

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    Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, Jean-Louis CohenSubscription

    Thinkpiece19 December, 2013

    Handsomely produced but lacking deep exploration of the theme; Peter Buchanan reviews the book which accompanies MoMA’s recent exhibition

  • Sustainablitity in architectural education.

    Form follows worldviewSubscription

    Thinkpiece7 November, 2013

    Following The Big Rethink campaign, Peter Buchanan reviews Earthscan by Rob Fleming, an address to sustainability in architectural education

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