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Meet The Architectural Review

Founded in 1896, the AR remains a leading voice in architectural criticism today, scouring the globe for architecture that provokes and inspires and commissioning independent, critically accalaimed writers in shaping architectural discourse. You can register for free to read up to three articles per month, or subscribe to receive our beautifully designed issues in print, and gain full, unfettered access to our website – our discount of 30% means students can save more than £60 on an annual subscription!

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Latest AR issues

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    AR July/August 2019 on AR House + Social housing

    General Design Co | Collectif Encore | David Leech Architects | AZL Architects | MORQ | Kochi Architect’s Studio | Lacaton & Vassal | Balkrishna Doshi | Instituto Balear de la Vivienda | Alberto Kalach + TAX | Comunal | Rozana Montiel | Peter Barber Architects | Lacol | Rogelio Salmona | Minnette De Silva | Typology: Palace

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    AR June 2019 on the islands of Ireland

    dePaor | Grafton | Clancy Moore | TAKA | Ryan W Kennihan Architects | Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects | Noreile Breen | Paul Dillon | Peter and Mary Doyle | Hall McKnight | Kevin Roche

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    AR May 2019 on Periphery

    Candalepas Associates | Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman | Jean Renaudie / Renée Gailhoustet | 6a Architects | Dominique Coulon & Associés | Nøysom Arkitekter | Reyner Banham

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    AR April 2019 on Oceans

    Álvaro Siza | Tadao Ando | Ambrosi Etchegaray | Forensic Oceanography | Ateliers Jean Nouvel | Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA | Eriksson Furunes & Leandro V Locsin Partners | Kengo Kuma | Jamie Fobert Architects | Claude Parent

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    AR March 2019 on Women in Architecture + Sex

    Elizabeth Diller | Hélène Binet | Lina Ghotmeh Architecture | TEd’A | DnA | Karamuk Kuo | OMA | O’Donnell + Tuomey | Flores & Prats | RCR Arquitectes | Ada Louise Huxtable

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    AR February 2019 on Failure

    Jørn Utzon | Case Design | Rotor | Minoru Yamasaki | Oscar Niemeyer | Foster + Partners | 6A | CTA | Haworth Tompkins | Assemble | ZUS | Typology: Power Station

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    The AR December 2018/January 2019 Book issue

    Features on books and buildings, with pieces exploring the architecture and influence of books as well as libraries and archives from across the world including the winner of the AR Library awards

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    AR November 2018 on Emerging Architecture

    Fourteen architects under the age of 45 to watch from around the world, plus pieces on the Netherlands and Amsterdam, where the winner of the AR Emerging Architecture awards 2018 will be announced

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    AR October 2018 on Food

    Feilden Fowles | Studio FH | Light Earth Designs | IPPR | Metro | Caruso St John | Ateliermob and Colectivo Warehouse | Cooking Sections | Jean Nouvel | Urbain Dubois | Typology: Market hall

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    AR September 2018 on Belgium

    Robbrecht en Daem | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Marie-José Van Hee | 51N4E | MSA | V+ | L’Escaut | OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen | noAarchitecten | AgwA | Dom Hans van der Laan | Lucien Kroll | Typology: Law court

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    AR July/August 2018 on AR House + Furniture

    ZAV | Schemata | Vo Trong Nghia | Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez | Aalto University Wood Program | Mesura | O’BVDSH | Junya Ishigami | Charlotte Perriand | Olson Kundig | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Lu Wenyu | Sigurd Lewerentz

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    June 2018 on Power and Justice

    Renzo Piano Building Workshop | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Kieran Timberlake | Emergency Architecture & Human Rights | Youssef Haidar | CF Møller | Combas | Forensic Architecture | Danae Stratou and Yanis Varoufakis | Piranesi | Typology: Prison

  • 20180423 cover ar intensity

    May 2018 on Intensity

    Allies and Morrison | John McAslan + Partners | Mossessian Architecture | Andreas Gursky | Urbz | Terry Farrell | Ingenhoven Architects | Urban-Think Tank | PRODUCTORA | Moshe Safdie | Frank Gehry

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    April 2018 on Rethinking the rural

    Dessin et Construction | Carmody Groarke | Dorte Mandrup | Invisible Studio | Plan:b arquitectos | Edwin Lutyens | Typology: Building for animals

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    March 2018 on Women in Architecture

    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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    February 2018 on Korea

    Kim Swoo Geun | David Chipperfield Architects | CoRe Architects | STPMJ | Kim Jong Kyu | Mass Studies | Iroje | Byoungsoo Cho | Sewoon Sangga | Paju Book City | Typology: Bathhouse

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    December 2017/January 2018 on New into Old

    Teget | Wingårdhs | O-office | ZHA | Duggan Morris | Diederendirrix | Heatherwick Studio | Flores & Prats | MVRDV | LOWDO | Jørn Utzon | Rafael Moneo | Cedric Price

  • 20171023 cover ar emerging

    November 2017 on Emerging Architecture

    Emerging Architecture awards | Berlin | Archive: Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonie | Karl Friedrich Schinkel | Franz Hessel | Typology: public toilet

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    October 2017 on After the revolution

    Social Condenser | Narkomfin | Program 200 | Alexander Brodsky | Alexey Ginzburg | DK-CM | Sergey Gnedovsky | Nowadays | El Lissitzky

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    September 2017 on Facades

    Gottfried Semper | Amin Taha + Groupwork | Caruso St John | Li Xiaodong | COBE | Rocha + Carrillo | Avenier Cornejo | John Portman | Typology: Shop

Buildings

Every building we feature has a story to tell. Whether we pull back the covers on architectural prize-giving following the 2018 Stirling 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 of our time. Click here to read the latest building studies.

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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

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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 

Essays

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. Read our latest essays here.

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Outrage: blindness to women turns out to be blindness to architecture itselfSubscription

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The focus may be shifting from the lone master architect to collaborative practice – but women are still the ghosts of modern architecture

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Architecture Becomes MusicSubscription

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As abstract art forms based on rhythm, proportion and harmony, architecture and music share a clear cultural lineage. Now, through digital expression, architecture can attain new heights of creative supremacy

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AR 120: Norman Foster on TechnologySubscription

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

Revisits

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. As Peter Buchanan has evinced, we take seriously 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

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Revisit: Lewerentz’s St Peter’sSubscription

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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

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

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

Reputations

Every issue we publish a portrait of an influencer or agitator, 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. Read the most recent reputations here.

Archive

Immediately upon publication, criticism enters a realm of public discource, placed on record for posterity. Like its subjects, criticism also has its own fashions and fancies – some standing strong in its relevance, some relegated as a mark of a bygone era. As we return to buildings, ideas, and architects, we return too to our archive, republishing pieces online that were printed before the advent of such an accessible repository. You can read some recently republished pieces here.

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‘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

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Philip Johnson’s AT&T: The Post Post-Deco skyscraperSubscription

By Reyner Banham

Banham adopts a new critical position to assess this canonical work of Post Modernism

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Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor Subscription

By Raymund Ryan

Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland by Peter Zumthor