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Paint the town in red: Ledeberg municipal services centre in Ghent, Belgium, by de Vylder Vinck TaillieuSubscription

By Eleanor Beaumont

The new innards of the town hall in Ledeberg erupt from its 19th-century chrysalis

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Outrage: Architects should not design without considering the politics that they are tacitly sanctioningSubscription

By Léopold Lambert

Designing prisons condones the system of organised violence behind them

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A law unto themselves: San Pedro prison in La Paz, BoliviaSubscription

By Rusty Young

The thriving sense of community at San Pedro prison in La Paz, Bolivia, belies the dangers to which inmate families are exposed

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Ángela García de Paredes to judge the AR Emerging Architecture awards 2018Subscription

Spanish architect Ángela García de Paredes will judge the AR Emerging Architecture awards this November in Amsterdam

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Sou Fujimoto, Frida Escobedo, Thomas Heatherwick, Jürgen Mayer H – they all started with us and you can too

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Prisons of conscience: Storstrøm Prison in Gundslev, Denmark by CF MøllerSubscription

By Jay Merrick

CF Møller’s Storstrøm Prison, on the Danish island of Falster, is intended to make the facility less institutional and more like a village community

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Combas Architectes: ‘It has to be a matter of bringing the same care to building a church as to a prison’Subscription

By Claudia Maier

Bringing together expertise in urbanism, structural design and interiors, Combas Architectes’ detention centre in Marseilles is an oasis for its inhabitants

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Typology: PrisonSubscription

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To confine, secure, rehabilitate or punish: the prison has several, sometimes contradictory aims, but however humane its approach, penal architecture is essentially cruel

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Shortlist for the AR House awards 2018 announcedSubscription

This year’s shortlist of 16 projects include houses from the UK, Ireland, Spain, Scandinavia, Canada, Latin America, Iran, Vietnam, India, Nepal and Japan

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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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Unequal measures: the right to the city in Lagos and Addis AbabaSubscription

By Marco Di Nunzio

In African cities – as in cities all over the world – ‘building as development’ is depriving people of their right to the city, exacerbating inequality rather than diminishing it

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Stack effect: Tribunal de Paris in France by Renzo Piano Building WorkshopSubscription

By Andrew Ayers

Instantly recognisable on the city skyline, the Tribunal de Paris unites courtrooms and judicial offices in a glass ziggurat

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Building justice: On the spatial dimension of justice and lawSubscription

By Nabil Ahmed

As the boundaries of jurisdiction are increasingly challenged, the spatial nature of justice moves between the architectural and the planetary

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Editorial: On power and justice and why you can’t have one without the otherSubscription

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The architecture related to power and justice was for centuries a combined form, in which ‘the majesty of the law’ could be both devised, interpreted and ruled upon from within a single building complex

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Folio: Helena Mändlová's 'Dream'Subscription

Part of a collection of drawings by Jewish children who were detained in Theresienstadt ‘camp-ghetto’, Dream was created during clandestine drawing classes taught by painter and teacher Friedl Dicker-Brandeis

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AR June 2018: the Power and Justice issue is hereSubscription

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Grafton’s Venice Biennale 2018: Freespace remains a nebulous conceptSubscription

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While there are some interesting contributions, the main exhibition’s incoherence proves that brilliant architects do not necessarily make good curators

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The Happenstance: a lively Scottish-Venetian freespaceSubscription

By Phineas Harper

A standout triumph of Freespace is Scotland’s rebellious contribution which exuberantly challenges the entire edifice of the Biennale with a participatory pavilion-cum-festival as much of Scotland as of Venice

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Top five picks from the 2018 Venice BiennaleSubscription

The spritzes have been sunk, the cicchetti devoured and this year’s Venice Biennale digested – here are our editors’ five highlights

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Catch up with all the action from the Venice Architecture Biennale – meet the bloggers

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The gondola and the speedboat: Venice as a crucible of cultureSubscription

By Jonathan Glancey

As a melting pot of art and culture, Venice has historically been a source of inspiration for many

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Venice: problems and possibilitiesSubscription

By James Morris

From AR May 1971, a special issue devoted to the plight of Venice which predicted ‘the revival of Venice, the restoration of her new true dignity, the safeguarding of her purposes and the honour­ing of her heritage’

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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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City within the city: Sewoon Sangga renovation in Seoul, South KoreaSubscription

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Despite falling into a state of disrepair and disrepute, Sewoon Sangga remains a vibrant hub of human industry and leisure

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