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A song in stone: 15 Clerkenwell Close, London, UK, by Amin Taha + GroupworkSubscription

With pivoting bookshelves and vanishing doors, Amin Taha + Groupwork create flexible spaces to live and work in London’s historical Clerkenwell neighbourhood

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Comfort eating: the greasy spoonSubscription

By Edwina Attlee

The greasy spoon is a happy collision of food and space, comfort and tradition, but is sadly endangered

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The devil in the detail: the architecture of evidence and reconstruction of truthSubscription

By Francesco Sebregondi

From Adolf Loos to the Grenfell tower, from figurative to literal crimes, architecture used as evidence exposes how claims of truth are constructed

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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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Editorial: Does it matter what it looks like?Subscription

Is a bad building the same thing as an ugly building, or is a facade only skin-deep?

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Editorial: London’s towering inferno raises questions of principle beyond fire controlSubscription

Specification takes on political overtones because standards are based on lowest common denominator

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Suburban slopes: Central Hill housing in Lambeth, London by Rosemary Stjernstedt, 1976Subscription

By Colin Amery

From the Archive: as an architect at Lambeth Borough Council in the ’60s and ’70s, Rosemary Stjernstedt’s Central Hill was a brave addition to South London’s suburban arcadia

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Unfair dismissal: the legacy of women architects working for London councilsSubscription

By Kate Jordan

The legacy of women architects working for London councils in the 20th century is often overlooked – for no good reason

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Soane’s Ark: Building with SymbolsSubscription

By Ferdinand Saumarez Smith

The reconstruction of Soane’s Ark of the Masonic Covenant offers a 21st-century understanding of Soane’s masonic history

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Folio: Peter Barber’s 100 Mile CitySubscription

A dense and intense edge to London


Folio: Zaha Hadid’s reimagined Leicester SquareSubscription

Leicester Square is reinvented as a vast playground of underground skyscrapers

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Interview Julia Peyton-Jones

Interview: Julia Peyton-Jones on Serpentine pavilions and London's skylineVideoSubscription

25 April, 2016

Julia Peyton-Jones discusses the commissioning of the Serpentine pavilions and expresses her concerns about London’s skyline

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Outrage: a toxic mix of snobbery and power governs eating in publicSubscription

While we tell ourselves society has become less stuffy and rule-bound since the 1950s with regard to public eating, both legal and informal rules dictate who is allowed to eat, and where

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Lewisham, the Notopian future of London Subscription

Photographed by Robert Clayton, a new town centre for Lewisham in south London reveals a dispiriting vision of the future

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    Rem Koolhaas (1944–)

    Koolhaas’s heroic trajectory provides an impossible formula for success, combining unquestioned genius with a waning culture of willigness to embrace the figure of the starchitect

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    Jean Nouvel (1945–)


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    Lucien Kroll (1927-)

    The architecture of maverick Belgian architect Lucien Kroll may be expressive, quirky and prolific but remains largely invisible and inscrutable

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    Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)

    Inspired by Art Deco, the machine aesthetic, organicism, biomorphism, Art Brut and industrial prefabrication, French architect and furniture designer Charlotte Perriand deeply believed that good design should be fundamentally transformative and accessible to all 

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    Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

    The last of the Ancients and the first of the moderns, Piranesi’s legacy can be felt from the work of Lebbeus Woods and Alexander Brodsky to PoMo and Brutalism

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    Frank Gehry (1929-)

    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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    Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

    Zaha Hadid was an explosion of fearless, impolite, aggressive talent onto a profession terrified of itself

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    Kim Swoo Geun (1931-1986)

    Behind the enigma of the father of Korean architecture was an edifice of a modern architect who practised what he preached

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    Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841)


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    El Lissitzky (1890-1941)

    El Lissitzsky’s utopian vision of revolution is a legacy that resonates today

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    John Portman (1924-2017)

    His hotels may have soft centres but the architecture of John Portman is as brutal as the late American capitalism that created it

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    Charles Moore (1925-1993)

     Charles Moore was the wizard who led us out of the sterility and self-importance of Modernism and showed us that we could go home again

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    Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

    The crux of Frank Lloyd Wright’s reputation lies in just how much you can believe of the romantic idealist as opposed to self-serving bastard

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    David Adjaye (1966 - )

    An architect who cares more about the opinions of his clients and collaborators than those of critics and peers

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    Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)

    You wouldn’t think philosophy needed architecture, but with Heidegger it seemed to

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    Etienne Louis Boullée (1728-1799)

    No amount of careful philology will ever fully explain Boulleé’s extraordinary dream or evocative influence

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    Eileen Gray (1878-1976)

    From furniture designer to architect, why has Gray found such belated prominence?

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    Georges-Eugène Haussmann (1809-1891)

    The father of revolutionary planning promised a better world he couldn’t deliver

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    Nicholas Hawksmoor (c1661-1736)

    In the absence of biographical information, the story of Hawksmoor became a vacuum - one filled with seductive mythology

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    Maria Carlota Costallat de Macedo Soares (1910-1967)

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    Hilla Becher (1934-2015)

    A gritty industrial past was brought to life in Hilla and Bernd Becher’s photos

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    Walt Disney (1901-1966)

    The master of animated conversation through the language of caricature

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    Joseph Paxton (1803-1865)

    An opportunist, perhaps interloper, Paxton was every part the parody Victorian


    Wang Shu (b1963 - )

    A poster boy confronting the issues that are failing Chinese architecture

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    Oskar Hansen (1922-2005)

    A Polish visionary who wanted to transform Modernist architecture to respond to the conditions of real life

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    CFA Voysey (1857-1941)

    From his Arts and Crafts roots, did Voysey sow the seeds of Modernism?

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    Tribute to Oscar Niemeyer

    Norman Foster pays tribute to his hero, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer who died recently aged 104

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    Peter Davey (1940-2018): ‘a critical acumen of exceptional range and scope’

    Peter Davey, who died in March aged 78, was the AR’s 11th and second longest-serving editor

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    Peter Blundell Jones (1949-2016): ‘a truly important architectural historian’

    Architect and writer Peter Blundell Jones, who died on Friday 19 August, illuminated the AR and architectural academe

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    Mart Stam (1899-1986)

    Sharp, energetic and handsome, Stam strode into the world of architecture at just 21

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    Colin Rowe (1920-1999)

    An intellectual who wrote like an angel and dreamt of Renaissance Italy

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    Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000)

    The socially oriented Frankfurt Kitchen aimed at a more egalitarian world

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    Charles Correa (1930-2015)

    Charles Correa was India’s foremost Modernist. However, he did not simply adapt Western practices to a subcontinental milieu: he transformed Modernism at the same time

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    Juan O’Gorman (1905-1982)

    Mexican muralist, revolutionary, mosaic artist and architect, whose career veered from Modernism to vernacular Surrealism

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    Frei Otto (1925-2015)

    2015 Pritzker Prize winner Frei Otto freed architecture from simple geometry to design interactions between humans, technology and nature

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    Michael Graves (1934-2015)

    The great architect remembered by his friend and collaborator throughout the heyday of Postmodernism, Charles Jencks

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    Henry van de Velde (1863-1957)

    Tom Wilkinson reviews the career of this Belgian painter, architect and interior designer whose defense of artistic individuality led to artwork commodification

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    Shigeru Ban (1957- )

    Winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize Shigeru Ban became known as the sustainable paper architect but behind the cardboard aesthetics lie deep humanitarianism and high-tech aspirations

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    Richard Neutra (1892-1970)

    With the house already the focus of Modernism, Neutra pushed it as the cradle for the psyche. Could architecture be prophylactic?

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    Charles Eames (1907–1978) and Ray Eames (1912–1988)

    The Eameses, the ‘painters who didn’t paint and architects who didn’t build,’ did however manage to change the way we see the world

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    Louis Kahn (1901-1974)

    From Philadelphia to Dhaka, this eminent yet mysterious architect talked to the stones and drew much of his inspiration from his fascination with the natural sciences

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    David Mackay (1933-2014)

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

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    Paul Rudolph (1918-1997)

    A life of reputations: genius, prodigy, beach house architect, maverick, brilliant instructor, virtuoso, failure and martyred saint, all for a single human being

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    Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

    Behind the scenes of the Dymaxion World Map hides a 5 foot 1, cross-eyed and presbyopic Bucky who admits the military potential of the geodesic domes certainly helped to pay the bills

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    Richard Rogers (1933- )

    Colonies of luxury flats obscure the violence and excitement of Richard Rogers’ finest projects

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    Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)

    Heralded as the next Michaelangelo by the age of eight, Bernini was a man around whom a powerful mythology has been sculpted

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    Jane Drew (1911-1996)

    Shrouded in rumours of misdemenour and spying, Jane Drew’s life was richly packed with exciting opportunities and mayor projects

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    Carlo Mollino (1905-1973)

    The ‘dangerous erotomaniac’ Carlo Mollino’s architecture formed the backdrop to his increasingly bizarre photographic fantasies

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    Manfredo Tafuri (1935-1994)

    A key architectural historian of the second half of the 20th century, Manfredo Tafuri stirred up controversy by criticising modern architecture’s alliance with capitalism

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    Hans Hollein (1934-2014)

    Charles Jencks looks back at how Hans Hollein shaped the culture of Austrian architecture through his texts, exhibitions and buildings

  • Reputations

    Michael Graves (1934- )

    Ranging from the Portland building to a scrubbing brush, Michael Graves’ diverse body of work enables Paul Davies to arrive at a diagnosis of Postmodernism as a whole

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    Alexey Shchusev (1873-1949)

    Switching styles whenever they came into fashion, Alexey Shchusev is a reminder that great architecture needn’t be built with strong political or architectural convictions


    Denise Scott Brown (1931- ) and Robert Venturi (1925-2018)

    In remembrance of Robert Venturi who sadly passed away on 19 September: the pair of Learning from Las Vegas fame, whose mannerist inquisition of taste will be their enduring legacy

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    Giancarlo de Carlo (1919-2005)

    Britt Eversole looks back at a key figure in the discourse on participation in architecture and founder of Team X

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    Kathryn Findlay (1953-2014)

    Raymund Ryan remembers Kathryn Findlay (1953-2014) whose projects, although few in number, display a remarkable curiosity and playfulness

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    Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-1983)

    RIBA gold medal winner and author of Pioneers of the Modern Movement, but also described as a GP in the field of art history, Susie Harries reaccounts the life and times of Nikolaus Pevsner

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    Howard Roark (1928-1942)

    Recalling fiction’s most contrary architect

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    Alvaro Siza (1933- )

    Looking back at key buildings and moments in Siza’s career

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    Adolf Loos (1870-1933)

    Controversial in both private and professional circles, the life and work of Loos are reviewed by Paul Davies

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    Berthold Lubetkin (1901-1990)

    John Allan reviews the career of this enigmatic émigré


    Louis Sullivan (1856-1924)

    Controversial filigree and haps and mishaps in the life of the doyen of post-structuralist critics, Louis Sullivan

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    John Lautner (1911-1994)

    John Lautner’s visionary approach verged on technological lyricism in the city he claimed at first made him physically sick

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    Leon Krier (1946- )

    The satirist masterplanner favoured by Prince Charles is worthy of a grudging admiration

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    Clorindo Testa (1923-2013)

    Clorindo Testa was an anchor of modern Argentine architecture. Influenced by European architects including Le Corbusier, he had deep creative imagination

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    Walter Gropius (1883-1969)

    The Bauhaus reduced even to its own door handles is considered to be Gropius’ greatest achievements.

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    Herman Hertzberger (1932- )

    Spanning through seven decades, Herman Hertzberger’s career as both architect and professor is reviewed

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    Fernando Távora (1923–2005)

    As history unfolds, unexpected connections appear between the recent and the more distant past. Works which were once discussed as central retreat into the background, while others which seemed marginal at the time move into the foreground.

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    Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446)

    One of the first great modern architects – perhaps most famous for the dome of Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore – Brunelleschi’s fresh understanding of the laws of perspective revolutionised painting too


    Aldo van Eyck (1918-1999)

    Considering the career of the architect who subverted mainstream thinking by championing place over space

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    Josep Maria Jujol (1879-1949)

    Protégé of Gaudi, to whose buildings Jujol’s are a refreshingly frothy riposte

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    Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012)

    Remembering a unique visionary, whose images of futuristic yet familiarly conflicted worlds inspired generations of architects and Hollywood designers

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    Albert Speer (1905-1981)

    The career of Albert Speer, architect of Hitler’s unbuildable capital Germania (and of the Nazi war effort), is reviewed in Reputations

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    Alvin Boyarsky (1928-1990)

    The former director of the Architectural Association didn’t suffer fools gladly, but his devoted stewardship to the school helped produce some of the biggest names in architecture working today

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    I M Pei (1917- )

    Following the life and impact of IM Pei: the first non-Western architect to rise to the peaks of the global profession

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    Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992)

    The Brazilian Modernist’s work is celebrated for its punchy, honest concern for social good

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    Craig Ellwood (1922-1992)

    Charting the hedonistic trajectory of the Californian architect’s career

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    Alvar Aalto (1898-1976)

    Following the trajectory of Alvar Aalto’s career

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    Augustus Pugin (1812-1852)

    Assessing the legacy of Big Ben’s creator on the bicentennial of the architect’s birth

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    Pancho Guedes (1925-2015)

    To his friends, colleagues and pupils Pancho Guedes is a unique source of creative inspiration and wisdom

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    Luis Moreno Mansilla (1959-2012)

    William JR Curtis pays tribute to the renowned Spanish architect

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    Martin Charles (1940-2012)

    Peter Davey remembers the work of the AR’s and AJ’s house photographer throughout the 60s,70s and 80s

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    Philip Johnson (1906-2005)

    The adventurous life and changing allegiances of Postmodern kingmaker Philip Johnson

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    Isi Metzstein (1928-2012)

    The co-author of some of the most remarkable examples of postwar British modern architecture has died aged 83

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    Alison Smithson (1928-1993) and Peter Smithson (1923-2003)

    Steve Parnell elaborates on the extraordinary lives of The Smithsons

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    Ricardo Legorreta (1931-2011)

    Louise Noelle Gras writes an obituary to her great friend and colleague, the Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta 1931-2011

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    Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969)

    William J R Curtis, author of the seminal texts Modern Architecture Since 1900 and Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, writes on the ‘lucid quietude’ of Mies van de Rohe

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    Jane Jacobs (1916-2006)

    Why Neo-Cons loved communitarian urbanist Jane Jacobs

  • Daniel Libeskind

    Daniel Libeskind (1946- )

    William JR Curtis tracks the uneven trajectory of Daniel Libeskind’s career, from early success to later derailments

  • Günter Behnisch – a tough, dedicated and intellectual architect

    Günther Behnisch (1922 - 2010)

    Günter Behnisch, champion of socially responsive architecture and place-making, dies aged 88

  • Dennis Sharp

    Dennis Sharp (1933-2010)

    Dennis Sharp - architect, historian, crotoc, curator and bibliophile - dies aged 76

  • Raimund Abraham

    Raimund Abraham (1933-2010)

    Remembering the ‘incurable formalist’, Austrian architect Raimund Abraham, 1933-2010