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Altes Museum, Berlin (1822-30) by Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Dwelling and time

Trevor Garnham boldly attempts to rehabilitate the notion of meaning in his study of the role of history in architecture, writes Edwin Heathcote

Kensal House, Kensal Rise, London 1937

Schools Pioneer

A new biography of Mary Medd is a timely reminder of the interdependence of architecture, education and children’s welfare in the modern age, writes Yasmin Shariff

Walden Street, by Andrew Moore

Detroit City: What's Going On

Mark Binelli’s book The Last Days of Detroit is a relevant account for many languishing post-industrial cities

Hong Kong's skyline showing 'international style' tower blocks

The Globalisation of Modern Architecture by Robert Adam

Robert Adam’s The Globalisation of Modern Architecure takes a compelling and broad-ranging look at the output of the architectural world, writes James Pallister

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Graphic and Novel

Chris Ware’s boundary-pushing new comic book drives its narrative by fusing architectural framing devices with reader interaction, discovers Rory Olcayto

Jean Fouquet's Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels

Ugly good, Traumkitsch bad

What are the rules of attraction? Stephen Bayley’s Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything, prompts Jay Merrick to consider what makes us see beauty in the beast

The Meaning of Home, by Edwin Heathcote

Home is where the Heathcote is

If you spent yesterday evening eating your dinner in front of the TV in your living room, Edwin Heathcote has got something to tell you

Why We Build, by Rowan Moore

Client Friendly: Why We Build by Rowan Moore

Journalist, architect and client Rowan Moore takes a serious and studied look at the emotions we invest in the built environment

Meiso no Mori crematorium, Japan

Concrete facts

Derided as grey and miserable, concrete often has an image problem. But as two new books testify, understanding this heroic materical is essntial to architects, writes Steve Parnell

Choreography of the Masses: In sport. In the Stadium. In a Frenzy.

James Pallister reads a wry and timely history of sport, stadia and spectators

Jägermeister, the ‘medicinal’ short, was the first brand to swap shirt space for sponsorship in football; ball games, female participation in sport and bikinis all existed by 400 AD and Fritz Auer’s wife’s stockings were key to the development of the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium

Leon Battista Alberti: On Painting

Pioneer of Perspective

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

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The resurrection of Dykes Bower

Stephen Dykes Bower battled ambitious colleagues and changing public tastes to redefine and restore our most cherished churches, writes Gavin Stamp

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Little map of horrors

A new book by Albena Yaneva attempts to map the controversies, scandal and intrigue that shape our buildings with laudable aims but flawed methods

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