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Living extra large: Here East in London, UK by Hawkins\BrownSubscription

Shortlisted for the MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice 2020: Hawkins\Brown’s Nicola Rutt deftly condenses tech, business and creative activities in the Here East campus in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Camera man: race, class, and British masculinitySubscription

By Edwin Coomasaru

In both the palaces of Belgravia, and a community centre in Shadwell, bodies and buildings lay bare issues of masculinity, racism and class

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Folio: George FinchSubscription

The London County Council (LCC) architect designed the generous Lambeth Towers in 1972, which exemplified his belief in the power of architecture to transform lives

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In the margins: the influence of the Caribbean diasporaSubscription


Consigned to society’s periphery, the spaces and identities of the Caribbean diaspora continue to shape the mainstream

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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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Out of space: changing homosexual geographiesSubscription

By Huw Lemmey

State control over homosexuality in public has given way to spatial divisions brought on by economic and technological pressures

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Tortuous trajectories: the loves and lives of Modern couplesSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

Activating multiple modernities and identities, the Barbican’s Modern Couples exhibition probed the explicit intertwining of lives and art


Changing places: reuse of obsolescent buildings in south LondonSubscription

By Owen Hatherley

Driven by culture, commerce, convenience and the vogue for adaptive reuse, south London’s current wave of gentrification is still problematic

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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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    Gio Ponti (1891-1979)

    Italian architect and founder and director of Domus, Gio Ponti will be remembered for his attention to surface and urge towards simplicity in the relation of structure to form

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    Tadao Ando (1941-)

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

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    Svetlana Kana Radević (1937-2000)

    Radević’s purposeful oeuvre deserves careful study if we are to elucidate our understanding of the first female Montenegrin architect

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    Hassan Fathy (1900-1989)

    Often referred to as the ‘Architect of the Poor’, Hassan Fathy used a particular interpretation of tradition to propose an alternative modernity

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    William Morris (1834-1896)

    Central to the revivial of British textile arts and methods of production, Morris’ life was a constant tustle between his fervent socialist values and a concern with catering to the ‘swinish luxury of the rich’

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    Reputations Live: Rowan Moore on Lina Bo Bardi at the Soane Museum

    The Reputations Live series continues at the Soane Museum on Wednesday 12 February, presenting architecture’s biggest influencers and agitators as featured in AR’s Reputations 

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    Reputations Live: Stephen Parnell on Alison and Peter Smithson at the Soane Museum

    Join us at the Soane Museum on Wednesday 22 January 2020 for the next talk in the second series of Reputations Live, presenting architecture’s biggest influencers and agitators from the AR’s Reputations series

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    Laurie Baker (1917-2007)

    After graduating from Birmingham School of Architecture, Baker made India his home where he addressed the housing needs of the poor, sometimes called the ‘Gandi of Indian architecture’

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    Reputations Live: Catherine Slessor on Charlotte Perriand at the Soane Museum

    The Reputations Live series continues at the Soane Museum on Wednesday 20 November, presenting architecture’s biggest influencers and agitators as featured in AR’s Reputations 

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    Reputations Live: Jack Self on Rem Koolhaas at the Soane Museum

    Join us at the Soane Museum on Wednesday 6 November for the next talk in the second series of Reputations Live, presenting architecture’s biggest influencers and agitators from the AR’s Reputations series

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    Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012)

    At points across his long career an uncomfortable, arguably luxurious, figure, the Brazilian architect’s work neverthless persisted with a vision of democratic utopia, where all have access to beauty

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    Reputations Live: Shiromi Pinto on Minnette de Silva at the Soane Museum

    The Reputations Live series continues at the Soane Museum on Wednesday 16 October, presenting architecture’s biggest influencers and agitators as featured in AR’s Reputations 

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    Reputations Live: Darran Anderson on Giovanni Battista Piranesi at the Soane Museum

    Join us at the Soane Museum on Wednesday 2 October for the first talk in the second series of Reputations Live, presenting architecture’s biggest influencers and agitators from the AR’s Reputations series

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    Minnette de Silva (1918-1998)

    Expressive, unapologetic, and ahead of her time in ecological and participative design, the Sri Lankan architect is considered a pioneer of what she called Modern Regionalism – later to be known as Critical Regionalism

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    Kevin Roche (1922 - 2019)

    From a humble first commission to build a piggery for his father in County Cork, the Irish-born American architect went on to work with Eero Saarinen and – with his partner John Dinkeloo – build his own monumental works across the States, culminating in the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1982

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    Reyner Banham (1922 -1988)

    The gas-fitter’s son from Norwich with sartorial flair and a way with words was on a mission to reanimate what he saw as a somewhat freeze-dried architectural Modernism with the fabled white heat of technology

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    Claude Parent (1923-2016)

    Radical, uncompromising, contrary: the father of fonction oblique (together with Paul Virilio) devised an architecture that was both praised for its dynamism and criticised for its appropriation of a wartime aesthetic

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    Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013)

    Ada Louise Huxtable made history as the first full-time architecture critic at a US newspaper when she joined the New York Times, and was later awarded the first Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1970

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    Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986)

    The architect of Pruitt-Igoe and the World Trade Center survived a life of racial discrimination and blame laid for the demise of the Modernist dream – but did not live to see the revisionist movement that asserts the underfunded Pruitt-Igoe’s fate was predetermined

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    Clorindo Testa (1923-2013)

    Architect to the National Library of the Argentine Republic and the Bank of London in Buenos Aires, the fanciful Clorindo Testa is a mainstay of modern Argentine architecture

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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-)

    Whether text and context, image and simulacrum – or just smoke and mirrors, Jean Nouvel’s architectural ambitions are no less grandiose than his legendary epicureanism 

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 major 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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    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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    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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    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

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    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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    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 (1917-2019)

    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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    Philip Johnson (1906-2005)

    The adventurous life and changing allegiances of Postmodern kingmaker Philip Johnson

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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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    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

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    Daniel Libeskind (1946- )

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