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Joseph Rykwert

  • LSE by O'Donnell + Tuomey

    28-Feb-2014

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

    23-Nov-2013

    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
  • Joseph Rykwert pops to the Barbican

    2-Nov-2013

    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
  • Stirling shortlist: Bishop Edward King Chapel Niall McLaughlin

    20-Sep-2013

    ‘What visitors might instinctively appreciate is its obvious clarity and integrity, which will surely articulate their impression,’ writes Joseph Rykwert
  • Reputations: Leon Krier, masterplanner of Poundbury

    6-Jun-2013

    The satirist masterplanner favoured by Prince Charles is worthy of a grudging admiration, writes Joseph Rykwert for the Architectural Review
  • Art house: Louvre-Lens by SANAA

    20-Feb-2013

    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
  • Joseph Rykwert: Reminiscences of Duchamp

    18-Feb-2013

    Joseph Rykwert recalls Marcel Duchamp, whose work and influence is celebrated in a major new season at the Barbican
  • Rykwert on Niemeyer: ‘The world’s best known Brazilian, apart from Pelé’

    14-Dec-2012

    Oscar Niemeyer (1907–2012) was undoubtedly one of the most revered architects of our time but his preference for natural curves over the linear resulted in a conflict that can never be resolved, writes Joseph Rykwert
  • Stirling Prize 2012: Lyric Theatre by O’Donnell + Tuomey

    10-Oct-2012

    ‘The architect has responded to a complex brief with a building which demands to be experienced,’ writes Joseph Rykwert
  • Does architectural criticism matter?

    17-Sep-2012

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

    2-Aug-2012

    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
  • Quiet intervention

    5-Jul-2012

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

    10-May-2012

    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

    Now Postmodernism is over, we can try to define it. But the V&A’s exhibition doesn’t clear things up, writes Joseph Rykwert
  • The Angel Building by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

    29-Sep-2011

    A building that contrasts between sharp and cool, an understated exterior and invitingly complex interior, says Joseph Rykwert
  • Hepworth Wakefield, by David Chipperfield Architects

    2-Jun-2011

    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

    26-May-2011

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

    18-Feb-2010

    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
  • Chelsea Barracks may be dead, but nimbyism lives on.

    17-Jun-2009

    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

    Little-known practices showed outstanding work at Sofia’s World Triennial of Architecture, says Joseph Rykwert
  • Michael Sorkin: Building a philosophy

    21-May-2009

    In his new book, architect Michael Sorkin strolls downtown New York - follow him and grow wiser
  • The practice of theory

    7-May-2009

    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

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

    20-Mar-2009

    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

    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

    The French capital has its charms – but a revolutionary city it is not, says Joseph Rykwert
  • Rykwert on theatre’s spatial awareness

    18-Dec-2008

    Hong Kong play turns evidence into performance
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