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Chelsea Barracks may be dead, but nimbyism lives on

17-Jun-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

Before the towering power of the financier, local authority and even royalty seem at a loss. Nimbyism does nowadays seem to be the only energising engine of protest, says Joseph Rykwert


Archistars outshone at Sofia’s World Triennial of Architecture

4-Jun-2009 | Updated: 4-Jun-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

Little-known practices showed outstanding work at Sofia’s World Triennial of Architecture, says Joseph Rykwert

Le Corbusier

Michael Sorkin: Building a philosophy

21-May-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

In his new book, architect Michael Sorkin strolls downtown New York - follow him and grow wiser


The practice of theory

7-May-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti has launched a broadside against theory-free, post-modernist posturing. But theory, says Joseph Rykwert, must address architecture’s ‘thinginess’


Eileen Gray - the original eminence grise

23-Apr-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

Though she waited years to receive proper recognition, says Joseph Rykwert, Eileen Gray was the designer behind one of modernism’s iconic buildings

A room with a not so pleasant view

2-Apr-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

Italy is degrading its Bel Paese, and the UK will follow if we relax our planning regulations, says Joseph Rykwert

The great chainsaw massacre

20-Mar-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

Our urban tree canopy – once a novelty , now a necessity – needs to be saved from developers, NIMBYs and lesser architects, says Joseph Rykwert

Do not miss Rodchenko and Popova

6-Mar-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

Joseph Rykwert on the remarkable Soviet constructivists’ new show at the Tate Modern

Why Sarkozy's Paris doesn't cut the mustard

18-Feb-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

The French capital has its charms – but a revolutionary city it is not, says Joseph Rykwert


Cities are more than occupied billboards

February 2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

Advertising physically separates us from the lived experience of the urban fabric, however ugly or beautiful, says Joseph Rykwert


Siegfried Giedion gave my generation a place in history

23-Jan-2009 | By Joseph Rykwert

Joesph Rwkwert on Space, Time and Architecture, a masterful history of the modern urge

ODonnell Tuomey LSE

LSE by O'Donnell + Tuomey

28-Feb-2014 | By Joseph Rykwert

At the LSE, O’Donnell + Tuomey has created imaginative, inviting and memorable architecture on an impossible site, writes Joseph Rykwert. Photography by Dennis Gilbert


Stirling shortlist: Bishop Edward King Chapel Niall McLaughlin

20-Sep-2013 | By Joseph Rykwert

‘What visitors might instinctively appreciate is its obvious clarity and integrity, which will surely articulate their impression,’ writes Joseph Rykwert


Art house: Louvre-Lens by SANAA

20-Feb-2013 | By Joseph Rykwert

The concept behind an offshoot of the Louvre may have followed in the footsteps of the Tate and the Centre Pompidou, but the final product is altogether different, writes Joseph Rykwert


Stirling Prize 2012: Lyric Theatre by O’Donnell + Tuomey Video

10-Oct-2012 | By Joseph Rykwert

‘The architect has responded to a complex brief with a building which demands to be experienced,’ writes Joseph Rykwert


Quiet intervention

5-Jul-2012 | By Joseph Rykwert

Witherford Watson Mann’s sensitive re-occupation of Astley Castle saves the essential and excises the incidental, writes Joseph Rykwert. Photography by Helene Binet


The Angel Building by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

29-Sep-2011 | By Joseph Rykwert

A building that contrasts between sharp and cool, an understated exterior and invitingly complex interior, says Joseph Rykwert

Hepworth Wakefield, by David Chipperfield Architects

Hepworth Wakefield, by David Chipperfield Architects Video

2-Jun-2011 | By Joseph Rykwert

David Chipperfield’s bold, striking and singular Hepworth Wakefield gallery will win the favour of the public, predicts Joseph Rykwert. Photography by Iwan Baan

Holburne Museum, Bath, by Eric Parry

Holburne Museum, Bath, by Eric Parry

26-May-2011 | By Joseph Rykwert

[AJ Building Study] Eric Parry has successfully, and respectfully, reintegrated the historic Holburne Museum building into its context with his radical extension, writes Joseph Rykwert Photography by Hélène Binet

Sketch Design for an Arcology (1977) by  Paolo Soleri

Fun palaces and sin centres

23-Nov-2013 | By Joseph Rykwert

To mark this year’s AJ Writing Prize, we relook at an essay written for the AJ in 2007 by one of this year’s judges, celebrated architectural critic Joseph Rykwert, looking at the roots of High-Tech

Yellow Brushstroke II by Roy Lichtenstein (1965)

Joseph Rykwert pops to the Barbican

2-Nov-2013 | By Joseph Rykwert

By placing Eames chairs and Tupperware next to the usual suspects, the Barbican’s Pop Art and Design show has not solved the problem of what Pop is and isn’t – but visit it anyway, advises Joseph Rykwert

Duchamp Fountain, 1950

Joseph Rykwert: Reminiscences of Duchamp

18-Feb-2013 | By Joseph Rykwert

Joseph Rykwert recalls Marcel Duchamp, whose work and influence is celebrated in a major new season at the Barbican

Postmodernism show at the V&A

Does architectural criticism matter?

17-Sep-2012 | By Joseph Rykwert

Joseph Rykwert, judge on this year’s AJ Writing Prize, on perils and provocations in the business of criticism.

Leon Battista Alberti: On Painting

Pioneer of Perspective

2-Aug-2012 | By Joseph Rykwert

Leon Battista Alberti: On Painting may have been translated before but Rocco Sinisgalli’s version of Alberti’s Italian offering sheds new light on the pioneer and his reasons for completing the text, writes Joseph Rykwert


Bauhaus at the Barbican

10-May-2012 | By Joseph Rykwert

Joseph Rykwert visits the lively new exhibition at the Barbican and is reminded of the fun and frolics of the Dessau school


Postmodernism post-mortem

6-Oct-2011 | By Joseph Rykwert

Now Postmodernism is over, we can try to define it. But the V&A’s exhibition doesn’t clear things up, writes Joseph Rykwert

van Doesburg Poster, 1923

Theo van Doesburg: Jack of all trades, master as well

18-Feb-2010 | By Joseph Rykwert

As a retrospective of the work of Theo van Doesburg and his contemporaries opens at the Tate Modern, Joseph Rykwert recalls the life of the Dutch polymath