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Manon Mollard named AR EditorSubscription

Following in the footsteps of Catherine Slessor and Christine Murray, Mollard is the AR’s 16th editor in its 122-year history

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Denise Scott Brown (1931- ) and Robert Venturi (1925-2018)

By Paul Davies

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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‘Complexity and Contradiction changed how we look at, think and talk about architecture’Subscription

22 December, 2016 By Martino Stierli

Robert Venturi’s book has enduring significance in a complex and contradictory age

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Signs of the times: Learning from Las Vegas returnsSubscription

By Paul Davies

The facsimile edition of Learning from Las Vegas, by Jane Drew Prize winner Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, and Steven Izenour, is long overdue

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Hôtel Wolfers: Henry van de Velde's frozen ruin Subscription

21 September, 2018 By Eleanor Beaumont

A wolf in sheep’s clothing: designed by Henry van de Velde, Hôtel Wolfers is frozen in a state of ruin, an artwork in its own right

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From the archive: Phillip Exeter library in New Hampshire, USA, by Louis KahnSubscription

By William Jordy

Built with ‘the invitation of books’, Louis Kahn’s brick masterpiece is an essay in ‘authentic monumentality’, from AR June 1974

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From the archive: British Library in London by Colin St John Wilson and MJ LongSubscription

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In memory of MJ Long who passed away on 3 September, we revisit Sherban Cantacuzino’s study of the designs for the proposed British Library from AR December 1978

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Giancarlo Mazzanti to judge the AR Library awardsSubscription

The founder and principal of El Equipo de Mazzanti will be judging this year’s inaugural AR Library awards

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Frame of mind: de Vylder Vinck Taillieu's Caritas psychiatric centreSubscription

By Douglas Murphy

De Vylder Vinck Taillieu’s Caritas psychiatric centre in Melle brings the outside in

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AgwA: ‘Our pared-down structures and de Vylder’s eccentric attention to detail work well together’Subscription

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From a triangular playground in Antwerp to the Palais des Expositions in Charleroi, Brussels-based AgwA have their eyes set on the east

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From Kafkaesque labyrinths of columns and arches to the abstraction of Modernist towers: the representation of justice in a world ruled by its absence is an intractable task 

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True grit: Cadix docklands regeneration in AntwerpSubscription

By Anna Winston

In the face of gradual gentrification, Antwerp must guard against losing the edge that defines the city

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Belgian imperialism: the colonisation of the CongoSubscription

By Johan Lagae

The architectural and urban colonial legacy of the Congo should not be seen through the prism of a Belgian-Congolese context, but from a global perspective

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Book of the month: Trans-Europe ExpressSubscription

By Huw Lemmey

Owen Hatherley deliberates on how power influences architecture in the creation of the European invention – the nation-state city

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Square dance: Skanderbeg Square and TID Tower in Tirana, Albania, by 51N4ESubscription

By Romeo Kodra

Belgian practice 51N4E have brought a fresh urban sensibility to central Tirana

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Socialist class: the Houses of the PeopleSubscription

By Owen Hatherley

The Houses of the People initiated by the Belgian Workers’ Party at the end of the 19th century were a rare confluence of socialism and exquisite design

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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 

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Bank balance: Quai 10 cultural centre and riverside regeneration, Charleroi, by V+ / L’EscautSubscription

By Eleanor Beaumont

Transforming the riverside and converting a Brutalist bank into a centre for cinema, V+ and L’Escaut set a gold standard for Charleroi’s future as the city attempts to rise from its post-industrial ashes

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Reputations: Lucien Kroll (1927-)Subscription

By Paul Davies

The architecture of maverick Belgian architect Lucien Kroll may be expressive, quirky and prolific but remains largely invisible and inscrutable

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The ecological architecture of Lucien KrollSubscription

By Stephanie Williams

Originally published January 1979: a look at three projects and their approach to an unconventional vision of architecture

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Revisit: Roosenberg AbbeySubscription

By Caroline Voet

The spatial narrative of Dom Hans van der Laan’s abbey near Waasmunster – deploying his ‘plastic number’ system – provides an evocative home for both religious and secular life

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Gijs Van Vaerenbergh: on architectural ‘misuse’Subscription

By Lili Zarzycki

‘Bending, cutting, mirroring, assembling, and drawing in space’; Gijs Van Vaerenbergh define their practice through five principal formal operations

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Shadow box: House V-D, Ghent, by Marie-José Van Hee ArchitectenSubscription

By Helen Thomas

The House V-D in Ghent, by Marie-José Van Hee Architecten, joins a canon of work shaped by collaboration with clients and architects alike

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Market Values: Ghent’s historic urban realm assumes a new resonance through this thoughtful proposition about civic culture

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Retrospective: Robbrecht en Daem Subscription

By William Mann

From their native Ghent to London to Bordeaux and back again, the architecture of Robbrecht and Daem is woven with a continuous thread while achieving an extraordinary breadth of design 

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Two opposing approaches, one breaking with the past, the other honouring it, characterise the architecture of Flanders and Wallonia respectively

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Jonathan Meades celebrates Belgium’s art, food, cities, and above all else, its magnificent suburbanism

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AR September 2018 on BelgiumSubscription

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AR July/August 2018 on AR House + FurnitureSubscription

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AR House winner 2018: set in the foothills of Iran’s Zagros Mountains, this girls’ orphanage gives vulnerable children a safe and culturally sensitive environment to grow up in

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Revisiting Lewerentz’s St Peter’sSubscription

By Eleanor Beaumont

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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The work of this Seattle-based practice employs mechanisms to enhance architecture’s sense of the tactile

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Outrage: Architects' expensive trophy chairs are nothing newSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

All architects have a chair in them, but as with everyman novels, most should never hit the production line

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Lu Wenyu: the emphasis on craft and precisionSubscription

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The architecture and teaching of  Lu Wenyu emphasises the virtues of craft and precision, using historical knowledge as the catalyst for innovation

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The furniturisation of architecture: from St Jerome in his study to built-in cupboards and summer pavilionsSubscription

By Edwin Heathcote

Architecture is increasingly disconnected from context, and its traditional boundaries blurred in favour of the temporary and the mobile

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Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999)Subscription

By Catherine Slessor

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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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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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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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