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Meet the Architectural Review

Founded in 1896, the AR has a long and proud tradition of challenge and criticism, scouring the globe for architecture that provokes and inspires, relying on its immense archive and commissioning critically acclaimed writers to shape architectural discourse today.


The AR looks beyond isolated buildings, commissioning in-depth theoretical essays that engage with the wider social, cultural and political context architecture sits in, as well as the impact and potential of architectural cultures and practices. Our writers include world-renowned critics, theorists, and architects, whose independent voices contribute to a thick-woven fabric of industrious longform journalism.

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Pyjama party: what we do in bedSubscription


Place of work, protest, creativity, sexual gratification as well as slumber – the bed hosts myriad activities


‘The most beautiful, expensive and iconic buildings of the ’70s were presented as functional necessities’Subscription


A new monograph on the late works of James Stirling and Michael Wilford prompts some reflections on the role of style and meaning in architecture

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AR 120: Norman Foster on TechnologySubscription


As the AR turns 120, Norman Foster looks back on how architecture has shaped - and been shaped by - the vagaries of technological development


Every building we feature has a story to tell. Whether we pull back the covers on architectural prize-giving following the 2018 Sterling award being handed to Foster + Partners' Bloomberg Building, or investigate rising stars Flores & Prats' delicate renovation of the Sala Beckett Theatre, every project – large or small, good or bad – contributes to an archive of the most culturally significant and architecturally interesting buildings in our 123-year history.

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Money talks: Bloomberg London, UK, by Foster + PartnersSubscription

By George Kafka

At a cost of £1.3 billion, was the 2018 Stirling Prize winner ‘too big to fail’?

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Ghost storeys: Sala Beckett theatre in Barcelona, Spain by Flores & PratsSubscription

By Douglas Murphy

Restoration of the Sala Beckett building in Barcelona by Flores & Prats puts their stamp on the building without excising its ghosts

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Pride amid prejudice: Navez social housing, Brussels, by MSA and V+Subscription


Schaerbeek’s elegant and striking watchtower by MSA and V+ proves that the design of housing still constitutes a powerful weapon in the battle against social exclusion 


‘Pompidou cannot be perceived as anything but a monument’Subscription

By Reyner Banham, John Partridge

Reyner Banham discusses the roles of Megastructure, Archigram and modern technology in Pompidou’s design


Sarah Wigglesworth Architects' Straw Bale House

By Peter Davey

Witty, imaginative and sustainable, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects bring a smile to a neglected north London site


Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor Subscription

By Raymund Ryan

Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor


While many buildings might show outstanding promise at their opening, few can stand the test of time. The long gestations and longer lives of buildings disrupt a conventional sense of when criticism might be considered timely, and the impact – direct or dispersed – of these structures lingers long after their architects have moved on. We take serious the responsibility to remain invested in the lives and afterlives of buildings with, and after, inhabitation.

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Revisit: Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada, by Moshe SafdieSubscription

By Tim Abrahams

The articulation of a sophisticated social ambition through a complex physical arrangement has stood the test of time


Revisit: Lewerentz’s St Peter’sSubscription


Overlooked by the AR at the time of its completion, the enigmatic internal landscape of Sigurd Lewerentz’s masterpiece in Klippan still carries power and meaning in every brick


Revisit: ‘Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium continues to radiate a profound sense of human empathy’VideoSubscription


Completed in 1932, Alvar Aalto’s Paimio tuberculosis sanatorium’s programme was revolutionary


Portraits of influencers and agitators: every issue we publish a profile written by an independent critic to break with historic canons or investigate the most significant characters of our time – each published with an illustration commissioned to show the character with their work

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