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James Pallister

And it's goodbye from him...


[THIS WEEK] In his final column, James Pallister looks back on seven and a half years at the AJ

Leicestershire: Photography by Mitra Tabrizian

A glimpse of Britain's industrial heritage


[THIS WEEK] The Wapping Project celebrates Britain’s industrial past, writes James Pallister

Cowcross Street, Liverpool

The future of placemaking


[THIS WEEK] Young urbanists are giving development a kick up the backside, says James Pallister

The New English Landscape

Discover the new English landscape


[THIS WEEK] Find a familiar, unhomely world in Orton’s images of Essex, says James Pallister


In Newcastle’s construction industry there’s happiness and nostalgia


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister heads to Newcastle for a celebration of Ryder Architecture’s 60-year anniversary


William Cobbett: found in the swop box


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister finds the Golden Age in a swap box at Warwick Parkway station

Moorings Estate public realm; AF with Gallions Housing Association

Developing a public realm scheme for Thamesmead


Practical public realm design can build on Thamesmead’s best points, says James Pallister

Adrian Street and his father, 1973, photographed by Dennis Hutchinson

We don't hear much about 'Big Society' anymore, this exhibition changes that


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister looks at two new exhibitions focusing on social mobility and exclusion

RIBA HUB film screening

Students are taking interviews into the video age


[THIS WEEK] An architecture student group has set up a series of video interviews which are aired in public screenings, writes James Pallister

Kingsgate Bridge

Head north to Durham for cultural delights


[THIS WEEK] Durham City offers awe-inspiring cultural spectacles, finds James Pallister

James Pallister

The London housing debate is heating up


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister attends Open-City’s inaugural public debate

ReDo Studio’s ReDone Appliances

A new exhibition captures mass-produced objects transitioning to one-offs


[THIS WEEK] The industrial revolution of 2013 is powered by bespoke kettles, writes James Pallister


Welcome the onset of autumn with this seaside exhibition


[THIS WEEK] Seaside piers haven’t fared well in recent years but Simon Roberts’ pictures of the skeletal remains show some optimism


Feeling jaded with design?


[THIS WEEK] Befriend a techie, advises James Pallister

Landscape Futures

Landscape Futures and the 'New Aesthetic'


The scrutinising techno-landscape will become commonplace, faster than we may anticipate, writes James Pallister


A new zine gives frustrated young architects a voice


The Unpublishables aims to create a platform for young architects and designers, writes James Pallister

Bystanders off Istikal Caddessi, Istanbul

Report from Taksim Square demo violence


[THIS WEEK – FROM ISTANBUL] After a few minutes I realised. It wasn’t hayfever, a stubborn cold, or eye strain. What was making my eyes and nose sting was probably tear gas


For the love of Kielder


Kielder Forest’s architecture programme has bedded in well, writes James Pallister

Elephant house

Hunting for the Urban Elephant


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister welcomes a Hugh Casson retrospective at the Royal Academy

What is good architecture

What is good architecture?


[THIS WEEK] The simplest questions are often the most difficult, writes James Pallister

Drawings that Count

Drawings that Count: The work of AA Diploma Unit 15


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister reads an entertaining critique of restoration and ‘antiquity’


A good business book is a must-have for any practice


[THIS WEEK] A well-designed business book can be a real boon, writes James Pallister

Eun Yeung Yi

Libraries are like Noah's Arks for knowledge, says Eun Young Yi


[THIS WEEK] Eun Young Yi may be a welcome discovery to many, writes James Pallister

Statt Leesrstand Stadt exhibition

Statt Leerstand Stad: Making the most of empty assets in Graz


Re-use of vacant property is a Europe-wide preoccupation, writes James Pallister

Adam Dant's Shoreditch map

Step back into the Spitalfields of Huguenots


James Pallister on the influence of the Huguenots on east London

An inn featured in Pevsner’s Buildings of England: London East

Putting Pevsner in your pocket


Yale’s iPhone app will put Pevsner in people’s pockets again, writes James Pallister


Soane and ceramics, what are the connections?


James Pallister explores architecture’s influence on contemporary ceramics

Hackney Haute

Haute Hackney: Spoof website lampoons gentrification plans


James Pallister asks whether is the work of satirical pranksters or particularly brazen placemaking?

Paul Rosano Reclining (Sylvia Sleigh, 1974)

Body of work


Two new shows examine the body in 20th century art. James Pallister reports

Barents Sea

Exploring the Barents Sea: How to document a research project


Rich in resources, the Barents Sea is a hive of economic activity documented in this exemplary student research anthology

Bronze Medal-winning 'The Depository of Forgotten Monuments'

The President's Medals: rarefied or relevant?


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister asks whether the President’s Medals really encourage practical expertise

A photograph by Henrietta Williams from the installation The Secret Security Guard at the Bishopsgate Institute

The Guardian's secret G4S blogger revealed


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister reveals the identity of Guardian’s secret security blogger at G4S

Ptolemaic Map

Nationalism and architecture by Raymond Quek, Darren Deane and Sarah Butler


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister reads a series of illuminating essays on nationalism and architecture and reflects on the shared temperaments of architectural and nation-building visionaries


The Why Factory City Shock: Planning the Unexpected


James Pallister discovers why The Why Factory is planning for black swans

The Craven Image

Picture perfect


[THIS WEEK] When does architectural photography flatter to deceive? asks James Pallister

Will London become more trouble than it's worth? Discuss


The future of London is the subject of a lively RIBA Building Futures Debate, finds James Pallister

Whitley Bay Shop Front

How to fake the Christmas shopping


[THIS WEEK] Sophisticated fake shopfronts enter the festive spirit, writes James Pallister

Draped Seated Woman, or'Old Flo' in its original location

Peterlee, Pasmore and Tower Hamlets' Old Flo: a past era


[THIS WEEK] Graham Farmer’s study on the reception of Victor Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion has dispriting relevance to Tower Hamlets sale of a Henry Moore sculpture, writes James Pallister

'Old Flo' by Henry Moore

Art should be for everyone


A Henry Moore in Tower Hamlets is worth fighting for, writes James Pallister

Mae's new housing project, Manchester

Turning a house into a home


We need to be ever mindful of what makes a house a home, writes James Pallister

ScanLABTestingGround: Kielder Observatory 201

3-d scans of Kielder Observatory revealed


Ex-Bartlett visualisation specialists ScanLAB has made public its dramatic renderings of Charles Barclay’s Kielder Observatory

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, Caravaggio

No-nonsense lyricism


Pallasmaa’s new essays are a tonic for any architect, writes James Pallister


Trenton Oldfield sentenced to six months


[THIS WEEK] Trenton Oldfield was today sentenced to six months in jail. The urbanist, writer and provocateur, is being sent down for interrupting the men’s heavyweight Oxford-Cambridge boat race.

The Modernist

Return of The Modernist


The Modernist mag is back, and it’s as fruity as ever, finds James Pallister


Kingston students launch UNESCO heritage bid for the London pub


[THIS WEEK] Kingston School of Architecture, Landscape and Interior Design has launched an ambitious bid to secure UNESCO World Heritage status for the humble London pub, writes James Pallister

Solway Firth

Picturing the raw power of the sea


Michael Marten’s photographs show the tide’s daily grind and glory, writes James Pallister

Sarah Morris

Co-opting Olympic success, heartache and anguish


Sarah Morris’ 18-arch long artwork is an Olympic feat itself, writes James Pallister


The Unlimited Edition


The Unlimited Edition is an urban research sampler, writes James Pallister

Tim Abrahams’ new essay, entitled ‘The Stadium’

Tim Abrahams’ new essay, entitled ‘The Stadium’


New essay takes a long view of the Olympic Stadium, writes James Pallister


The launch of a new publishing company


James Pallister gets into the swing of the London Festival of Architecture

What Money Can't Buy by Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel and the moral limits of markets


[THIS WEEK] Sandel is a must-read for those unesy with market forces

Fragments of Wilderness City, Bryan Avery, Black Dog Press, July 2011

Reintroduce bears to England: Avery Associates' Fragments of Wilderness City


[THIS WEEK] Avery Associates’ new book is a welcome relfection on wild city spaces, writes James Pallister


Ravilious and Roland Collins


[THIS WEEK] Eric Ravilious’ landscapes are worth discovering, writes James Pallister


Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Alison Smithson and a critical anthology


[THIS WEEK] The Smithsons’ writings cover a very English view of life, writes James Pallister


Your junk mail reveals a global shift of white collar work


[THIS WEEK] My work email address attracts a lot of spam. Aside from the usual wire transfer requests, offers of performance enhancers and other comic smuttery that sneaks through the filters, there’s a fair amount of unsolicited sales pitches for professional services


Homes for London?


[THIS WEEK] Shelter’s Homes for London proves there is hope for England’s capital yet, writes James Pallister


Beyond the Tower and Spitalfields Life


[THIS WEEK] The history of the East End is not just for Londoners, writes James Pallister

Your chance to see Manchester's heliports and moving walkways


[THIS WEEK] A new show in Manchester documents the ones that got away, writes James Pallister


Zygmunt Bauman on the norm of stressful cities


[THIS WEEK] Stressful cities are inevitable, Zygmunt Bauman reminds us, writes James Pallister


Next year's President's Medals should reward real life briefs


[THIS WEEK] The President’s Medal winners ‘seem to think ordinary life processes of contemporary society are too boring to merit attention’.


See Hockney for free


[THIS WEEK] Avoid hefty ticket prices and see Hockney for free, writes James Pallister


There's no room for doubt in de Botton's Temples for Atheists


[THIS WEEK] Alain de Botton is planning a series of ‘Temples for Atheists’ in the UK

The Modernist Issue Three

The Modernist Magazine: Issue Three


[THIS WEEK] The third issue of The Modernist sees it cast its eye far beyond its Manchester home, writes James Pallister


Reading fast and slow


[THIS WEEK] Protect your quiet time to stay creative in 2012, writes James Pallister


Taking a trip to see Alvaro Siza's work


[THIS WEEK] Seeing Siza’s Porto meant joining in with the students, writes James Pallister


Durham Lumiere: In Pictures


[THIS WEEK] For four nights Durham City’s peninsular and its surrounding streets were transformed by over thirty light installations. James Pallister reports from his home town


Archizines: The Book


[THIS WEEK] Archizines may inspire you to dig out your own comics and zines, writes James Pallister


Tom Lubbock's Great Works


[THIS WEEK] Tom Lubbock helped his readers see the unexpected in art, writes James Pallister


The Potemkin shop


[THIS WEEK] Empty shops need a helping hand from canny disguises, writes James Pallister


Pavilion of Protest at the RIBA


[THIS WEEK] Is it brave or foolish to host Pavilion of Protest at the RIBA? James Pallister


Real Venice at Somerset House


[THIS WEEK] ? The Real Venice show makes saving the city glamorous, writes James Pallister


Muf and Greyworld come to Grizedale Sculpture Trail


[THIS WEEK] Now there’s two more reasons to visit Cumbria, writes James Pallister


Zaha Hadid at the RIBA


[THIS WEEK] Hadid’s lecture at the RIBA didn’t live up to her powerful projects, writes James Pallister


Ralph Erskine's Byker and Clare Hall cross paths


[THIS WEEK] In a new photography show, a Cambridge college and Tyneside estate share subtle details, says James Pallister

The Amwell Book Company

A chapter ends: Farewell to Amwell


Reading habits rather than rates are closing our much-loved bookshops, writes James Pallister

A workshop

Why I'll miss Design and Technology lessons


[THIS WEEK] Every now and then, a cause reminds you of an organisation’s purpose, writes James Pallister


Nils Norman and Junebum Park at CUBE, Manchester


[THIS WEEK] Artists in Manchester are using play to explore architecture, writes James Pallister

Swaminarayan Temple

Plan your Open House weekend


[THIS WEEK] Open House London is back - pack your book and a flask, writes James Pallister

The Architect: What Now 2011


[THIS WEEK] Soul-searching about the architects role within society is nothing new, as a quick dip into the RIBA archive attests, writes James Pallister

New Little Magazines II: Block Magazine


[THIS WEEK] Well-designed and produced, Block Magazine excels where it treads unexpected territory, writes James Pallister

New Little Magazines I: The Modernist Magazine


[THIS WEEK] The Modernist is a welcome addition to architecture’s small press scene, writes James Pallister

James Pallister looks at two interactive works by architects with a musical bent


[THIS WEEK] Anyone with 26,000 Euros to spare and a taste for eccentric musical instruments would do well to give Part 2 Bartlett and Bath graduate and CZWG staffer Mark Nixon a call

Studio Weave and Somewhere's Floating Cinema

Studio Weave and Somewhere's floating cinema, Portavilion


[THIS WEEK] Travelling cinemas have come to London’s canals, writes James Pallister

Fabrikstrasse 12, the Novartis Campus - new Chipperfield Monograph


[THIS WEEK] A new volume gives a rare glimpse inside the Novartis campus, writes James Pallister

Documenting the Olympics: Giles Price’s 'Macroscopic Olympiad'


[THIS WEEK] How quickly things can change when the Olympics come to town, writes James Pallister

A new exhibition and book celebrates BDP’s 50 years in business, writes James Pallister


[THIS WEEK] ‘My home background and voracious reading gave a strong leftward inclination to my views on life,’ wrote George Grenfell Baines, who in 1961 set up Building Design Partnership (BDP).

'Believe in what you do, enjoy it, and make a bit of money’


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister attends the presentation of the Resourceful Architect competition

Patricia Cain at Kelvingrove, Glasgow


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister on an exhibition documenting the construction of Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Gallery

A road trip round the Midlands' galleries


The Midlands has plenty to offer the touring gallery visitor, writes James Pallister

Criticality: notes on an ugly word


[THIS WEEK] James Pallister looks at a new platform for critical ideas


#Milanuncut: an end to paltry fees?


[THIS WEEK] Very occasionally, new platforms facilitate new discussions, writes James Pallister

David Kohn Architects design for Brit Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum

Regional arts cuts and two shows at the Design Museum


[THIS WEEK] A regional cuts-roundup, plus 6a take on Wim Crouwel and David Kohn the Brit Design Awards

Pablo Bronstein will have an exhibition this summer at the ICA

PoMo goes to rehab


[THIS WEEK] Don’t panic, but Postmodernism looks like it might be on the up, writes James Pallister

Terry Duffy’s painting Victim, No Resurrection

24-Mar-2011 | Updated: 28-Mar-2011

A question mark in an artwork’s title can mean a theological shift, writes James Pallister

Will Self at the Geological Society, on Stockwell Bus Garage


[THIS WEEK] Architecture that is built for and used by the people deserves praise, writes James Pallister

Mediated architecture - a brief roundup of readers


[THIS WEEK] This trio of triple-filtered mediations sheds some light on architecture and editing, writes James Pallister

Switzerland has produced a reader on a popular topic – crisis, writes James Pallister


[THIS WEEK] Crises of confidence, of governance, the economic crisis, and the ongoing environmental crisis; talking about other people’s crises is a popular business, though as Mark Wigley notes in C-Lab, their announcements always come too late.

Monsterpieces of the 2000s! by Aude-Line Duliere & Clara Wong


[THIS WEEK] Now architecture has its own bestiary, writes James Pallister

The Royal Gold Medal crit


[THIS WEEK] The Gold Medal crit was gentle, but had room for a slice of dissent, writes James Pallister

Wouter Vanstiphout: riots at the Architectural Association


[THIS WEEK] Wouter Vanstiphout’s lecture on riots questioned architecture’s omnipotence, writes James Pallister

Robin Hood Gardens: Revisions


[THIS WEEK] So, bears still defecate in woods, Joseph Ratzinger is still a Roman Catholic and The Twentieth Century Society’s monograph on Alison and Peter Smithson’s Robin Hood Gardens is highly partial, writes James Pallister

'No Room to Move' by Josephine Berry Slater and Anthony Iles


[THIS WEEK] No Room To Move has bleak analysis and occasional flashes of wit, writes James Pallister

Critical Futures at the Gopher Hole


(This is a longer iteration of an article which appeared in this week’s magazine:  AJ20.01.11)

Supergraphics: the book


[THIS WEEK] A beautiful new book charts the Supergraphics movement since inception, writes James Pallister

Las Vegas meets Venice by Alex MacLean


[THIS WEEK] A new book tackles both Las Vegas and Venice in one go, writes James Pallister

The Winter School and its discontents


[THIS WEEK] A radical student debate with its roots in the 1970s is making a comeback, writes James Pallister

Robinson in Ruins by Patrick Keiller


Patrick Keiller’s Berkshire tour narrates a very recent era of history, writes James Pallister

Dan Holdsworth at the Baltic


[THIS WEEK] Autumn has been good to photography fans – and there’s still a lot to see, writes James Pallister

The 7 sins of architects, according to Robert Adam and Louis Hellman


[THIS WEEK] Robert Adam’s new book affectionately takes architecture to task, writes James Pallister

Stanford-le-Hope, Thurrock, Essex, UK

Thames Gateway, Mark Brearley and a call to arms


[THIS WEEK] At London Met, Mark Brearley urges young architects to become planners, writes James Pallister

Masdar in Abu Dhabi

Norman Foster on 'Performance' at the RIBA


[THIS WEEK] The lights dimmed, the crowd hushed and the synth music started. And from a side door in the RIBA’s lecture theatre, Norman Foster entered the room, writes James Pallister

Illustration by Jenny Melville

New outfit Dainow&Dainow helps young architects' crack the art market


[THIS WEEK] A new generation of architects is cashing in on illustration, writes James Pallister

Hull is soul-searching as part of a project to find its cultural identity, says James Pallister


[THIS WEEK] The genius loci, as all good phenomenologists will know, was the Ancient Romans’ notion of a presiding deity or spirit particular to a place


T Dan Smith and Newcastle-upon-Tyne's Amber cooperative


[THIS WEEK] Newcastle proves endlessly fascinating for a group of film-makers, says James Pallister

The growth of the biennial is both economic and cultural, says James Pallister


[THIS WEEK] Biennials are booming. In the UK - since the Brighton Photo Biennial began in 2003 - Whitstable, Tatton Park and Liverpool have acquired biennials, and Folkestone has a triennial.


Fill up on film at London’s first petrol station-cinema, says James Pallister


[THIS WEEK] When considering the type of nourishment available at your local forecourt, a Scotch egg, half a tank of unleaded and a pack of 20 fags may more readily spring to mind than any great cultural sustenance.

RSS feed for Reading architecture: magazines little and big

Reading architecture: magazines little and big


Reading fast and slow


[THIS WEEK] Protect your quiet time to stay creative in 2012, writes James Pallister


Archizines: The Book


[THIS WEEK] Archizines may inspire you to dig out your own comics and zines, writes James Pallister

New Little Magazines II: Block Magazine


[THIS WEEK] Well-designed and produced, Block Magazine excels where it treads unexpected territory, writes James Pallister

New Little Magazines I: The Modernist Magazine


[THIS WEEK] The Modernist is a welcome addition to architecture’s small press scene, writes James Pallister

Mediated architecture - a brief roundup of readers


[THIS WEEK] This trio of triple-filtered mediations sheds some light on architecture and editing, writes James Pallister

The rise of Concrete Quarterly - Back Issues


The crisp pages of Concrete Quarterly studiously follow the material that built the 20th century, says Steve Parnell

AD Magazine - February 1967

AD Magazine - 80 years in print


With a succession of talented editors, AD has given weight to numerous architectural movements. Following a symposium this week celebrating 80 years in print, Steve Parnell looks back at the magazine’s illustrious history

D H Lawrence in the Architectural Review - Back Issues


The letters of DH Lawrence to the Architectural Review hold a timely resonance for Steve Parnell

Hubert de Cronin Hastings’ Neologisms in the AR - Back Issues


Hubert de Cronin Hastings’ neologisms were idealistic but ultimately futile, says Steve Parnell

Architectural Design, Cosmorama 1

Architectural Design's Cosmorama - Back Issues


Architectural Design’s Cosmorama documented architecture’s fascination with sci-fi, writes Steve Parnell

Back Issues - 1930s pseudonyms


Pevsner used pseudonyms to great effect in the Architectural Review during the 1930, writes Steve Parnell

Back Issues - Building the London Olympics, 1948


Unemcumbered by professionalism, London’s 1948 Olympic Games came in cheap, says Steve Parnell

Back Issues - 1930s Space-saving


In the 1930s, magazines were enamoured with the latest in space-saving and fitted appliances, says Steve Parnell

Back Issues - Julius Shulman's Case Study House photography


The most replicated photograph in architectural history and its impact on a Case Study House, by Steve Parnell

Back Issues - Case Study House Program


Back Issues - What happens when the architectural press is your client? Steve Parnell revisits The Case Study House Program.


Back Issues - Open Letters


Back Issues It’s time to follow Annie Choi’s example and revive the lost art of the open letter to readers, says Steve Parnell


Back issues - Shand


Back Issues Shand brought the best of continental Modernism to an Arts and Crafts Britain, writes Steve Parnell


Back issues - Introduction


Back Issues In the first of his fortnightly columns on architecture magazines, Steve Parnell reveals the secret mandate of the AR

Back issue

Back Issues - Architectural Review in the 1970s


Back Issues Stirling’s trilogy of educational buildings were more objects than architecture, says Steve Parnell

AJ boosts reader services with online information


The aj goes online today with the launch of AJPlus at Designed to complement rather than duplicate the magazine, AJPlus combines selected material from aj back issues with information which is unique to the website.

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Andrew Mead's Critic's Choice

David Ward - Critic's choice


Nothing escapes the keen eye of artist David Ward, writes Andrew Mead

City and Structure by HG Esch - Critic's Choice


A rather generic book of micro-details and megacities only half excites Andrew Mead

George Shaw at the Wilkinson Gallery - Critic’s Choice


George Shaw offers a painfully bleak vision of Britain’s forgotten corners, writes Andrew Mead

Paul Rudolph's rehabilitation - Critic's Choice


Paul Rudolph’s architecture is undergoing a welcome rehabilitation, writes Andrew Mead

Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten - Critic's Choice


Detail trumps bling for Swiss firm Marcel Meili, Markus Peter Architekten, says Andrew Mead

Critic's Choice: Ian Hamilton Finlay's gardens

February 2009

Ian Hamilton Finlay's gardens are sensual, yet filled with meaning, writes Andrew Mead

Critics Choice - Philip Johnson transcripts


Transcripts from beyond the grave give entertaining insights into the life of Philip Johnson, says Andrew Mead

Critic's Choice - Vaughan Hart's monograph on John Vanbrugh


Vaughan Hart’s monograph on the colleague of Nicholas Hawksmoor, John Vanbrugh, impresses Andrew Mead

Critic’s Choice - Parks


This book of large parks proves the potential of once-toxic landscapes, says Andrew Mead

Catherine Yass


Catherine Yass has found beauty in China’s monolithic Three Gorges Dam, says Andrew Mead

The Estorick Collection


The Estorick is home to a timeless collection of modern Italian art, writes Andrew Mead

Critic's Choice - Hidden Utopias


A new book unearths hidden utopias in the strangest of places, finds Andrew Mead

Spiluttini's Photographs.


Margherita Spiluttini’s photographs reveal hidden depths, says Andrew Mead.

Review - Book - The Shape of a City


Julien Gracq's study of Nantes evokes memories of home for Andrew Mead.


Critic's Choice - Kellier


The more things change, the more they stay the same? Andrew Mead takes a look at the past.


Critic's Choice - Luisa Lambri


Critic’s Choice Luisa Lambri’s photos elude definition, says Andrew Mead


Critic's Choice - The British Library


Critic’s Choice - The British Library’s new show uncovers rare gems, says Andrew Mead


Critic's Choice - 15.11.07


Paintings of interiors should not be taken at face value, says Andrew Mead

Here, by Richard McGuire

Review: Here by Richard McGuire


Richard McGuire’s Here draws readers into the life story of a simple room by invoking images of the past

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

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


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

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


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


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


The Temporary City by Peter Bishop and Lesley Williams


A new book takes a pessimistic look at London’s temporary structures and sees their popularity as a sign of our downfall. Tim Abrahams is unconvinced


Pyongyang's Architecture on trial


A two-volume guide to architecture in Pyongyang offers a startling contrast between propaganda and the reality of life in North Korea, writes Hyunjoo Lee


Jeremy Rifkin's The Third Industrial Revolution and The Very Hungry City


Two new books on global energy dependency deal in anecdote, theory and ‘dreams come true’ writes Hattie Hartman

After the ball was over, BT exchange, Crouch End, London, 2000

Rave against the machine


Molly Macindoe’s photography reveals the gritty former life of familiar city sites during the free party heyday of the late 90s, writes Merlin Fulcher


Nigel Green's Reconstruction


A new study of post-war reconstruction in Picardy, France offers both a historical narrative and regional perspective on Modernism, writes Robin Wilson


Explain more, describe less: Mallgrave and Goodman's Architectural Theory


A new survey of 40 years of architectural theory opts to document, rather than unpack its subjects, writes Stephen Games

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