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Typology

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Typology: BathhouseSubscription

Since time immemorial, and from continent to continent, saunas or bathhouses have played a community role, stripping their users of social distinctions and affording a rich seam for architects

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Typology: Public toiletSubscription

From the pissoir to the sanisette, from the communal to the stand-alone pod, from male to female provision, a rich seam of history runs through toilets

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Typology: ShopSubscription

Sacred lair of the commodity, its mysteries veiled by plate glass: who can resist the lure of the shop? 

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Typology: HotelsSubscription

Anonymous rooms for anonymous and rootless lives, the hotel has long been a giant metaphor for modernity

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Typology: DamsSubscription

The control of nature promised a world transformed for the benefit of humans, but have gigantic dams drowned such hopes?

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Typology: AirportSubscription

Once glamorous gateways to freedom, airports have become zones of consumerist tedium and state terror – but the emotional intensity of the departure gate endures

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Typology: Public SquareSubscription

When human particles collide in the accelerator of the square, the public comes into being – as evanescent as an unstable element

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Typology: CrematoriumSubscription

Our final encounter with architecture increasingly takes place in crematoria but, despite an association with modern bureaucratic society, the type has a long history

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Typology: PubSubscription

Idealised as a comforting refuge and a site of warm conviviality, the public house can also be divisive

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The Women in Architecture issue is hereSubscription

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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Typology: Housing EstateSubscription

From the green quadrangles of medieval almshouses to towering banlieues, the history of mass housing represents architecture at its most high-minded – which makes its failures all the more painful

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Typology: New townsSubscription

Creating new urban areas from scratch may appear to be a utopian exercise, but more frequently it entrenches existing systems of power

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Typology: Corporate campus Subscription

With the 1940s came a compulsion to move headquarters from the inner-city sprawl to more tranquil environs out of town. Is the resurgent migration a retreat to a natural idyll or a calculated isolation?

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Typology: Multifaith Subscription

Religious belief systems remain powerful and distinct but, alongside the differences, comes a call for greater tolerance and cohesion. Can the worship of different gods take place under one roof?

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Typology: Fire StationsSubscription

The fire station is a unique blend of domesticity and workplace, with the engines brought as close as possible to the living quarters in search of the world’s briefest commute (preferably via pole)

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Typology: CinemasSubscription

Gloriously kitsch picture palaces engulfed the masses in darkness, while opening virtual space through the screen

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Typology: FactoriesSubscription

Commodities flowed from them, along with money for their owners - but the factory also produced new ways of living, of thinking, and of designing

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Typology: UniversitiesSubscription

The university is one of the oldest surviving institutions in the western world. It has colonised the globe, its architecture reflecting the prevailing ideology – of which it is the reproductive machinery

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Typology: TombsSubscription

A sealed volume, the tomb has no interior – or if it does, you really don’t want to go there. The exterior, by contrast, is a screen onto which we project our hopes and fears about the other side of life