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Jean Nouvel’s Torre Agbar

Jean Nouvel’s Torre Agbar Rob Gregory With just two months until practical completion, Jean Nouvel’s Torre Agbar has risen to become a popular new landmark for residents of the Catalonian capital, Barcelona. While local architects intellectualize and debate the structure’s conceptual strength–as the pixellated concrete fuselage is steadily sheathed in multiple layers of profiled metal […]

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Mass. identity. architecture. architecture writings of Jean Baudrillard

Mass. identity. architecture. architecture writings of Jean Baudrillard Colin Davies Edited by Francesco Proto. London: Wiley-Academy, 2004. [pounds sterling]39.99 Architecture is a big disappointment to the philosopher Jean Baudrillard. It ought to be the last bastion of resistance to the banality of consumer culture–the mindlessness of advertising, the ruthlessness of the market, the emptiness of […]

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Destroying all the things we love – Comment

Destroying all the things we love – Comment – negative aspects of leisure Peter Davey Leisure is one of the great growth industries on the planet: but instead of benefiting humanity, it has destroyed much of what we hold most dear. It is time to use imagination and creativity to limit leisure’s corrosion. Leisure, for […]

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Villa Lante’s miraculous and gentle balance between humanity and nature continues to inspire

Villa Lante’s miraculous and gentle balance between humanity and nature continues to inspire The Villa Lante, at Bagnaia some 40 miles north of Rome, was built (probably by Vignola) for Cardinal Gambara in the 1570s. It has often been described as the most beautiful garden of the Italian Renaissance, and it remains, scrupulously maintained by […]

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Body and Building: essays on the changing relation of body and architecture. . – Rykwert’s Apotheosis

Body and Building: essays on the changing relation of body and architecture. . – Rykwert’s Apotheosis – book review Boaz Ben Manasseh Edited by George Dodds and Robert Tavernor. London: MIT Press. 2002. [pounds sterling]37.95 Last December I found myself ranting here about conference papers being sold on to the public in the form of […]

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Buro happold an appreciation

Buro happold an appreciation Peter Davey Buro Happold is one of the most distinguished interdisciplinary engineering firms in the world. This supplement, written by Susan Dawson, celebrates their creative range. This is the first of a projected series of AR supplements on creative consultants. In architectural publications, the roles of people like structural and environmental […]

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Sacred box

Sacred box – Architecture Studio’s design for a local parish church in Paris, France Paul Joubert Informed by biblical and geometrical allusion and enclosed by a dramatic steel frame, this new local parish church in Paris explores the nature of modern sacred space and monumental architecture in an urban setting. Architecture Studio’s recently inaugurated new […]

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Tennis In The Round – New South Wales Tennis Centre

Tennis In The Round – New South Wales Tennis Centre – Brief Article Peter Davey The tennis complex terminates the Olympic site, and the centre court was designed to be a visual stop for the main axis, as well as a congenial focus for the sport. At the southern end of the main axis of […]

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Bringing home the gods

Bringing home the gods – the Japanese perception of urban space Fred Thompson The traditional Japanese perception of urban space is quite clearly different from that of the West, but Japanese spatial sensitivity has very rarely been explained to the rest of the world. Here, Fred Thompson examines ancient rituals still performed in Honshu, and […]

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Letter from Johannesburg – Johannesburg evaluated – Brief Article

Letter from Johannesburg – Johannesburg evaluated – Brief Article – Critical Essay Jeremy Melvin Jeremy Melvin looks for signs of regeneration after the fearful architecture of apartheid. ‘A journalist could come here,’ someone in Johannesburg told me, ‘and write 20 stories, 10 optimistic and 10 pessimistic – and they might all be true.’ As my […]