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Joseph Rykwert

  • LSE by O'Donnell + Tuomey


    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


    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


    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


    ‘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


    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


    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


    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’


    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


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


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


    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


    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


    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


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


    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


    [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


    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.


    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


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


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


    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


    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


    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


    Joseph Rykwert on the remarkable Soviet constructivists’ new show at the Tate Modern
  • Why Sarkozy's Paris doesn't cut the mustard


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


    Hong Kong play turns evidence into performance
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