Architecture

ARCHITECTURE


BUILDING SIGHTS: BOEING 747

By Norman Foster

Lord Foster, renowned airport designer and pilot, argues that the Boeing 747 is, in fact, a work of architecture rather than just design.  Read more

 

SKYSCRAPERS FROM A TO Z

By Michael Sorkin

"Where else but the United States could the skyscraper happen? ... The tower speaks by conferring address." Read more

 

THE BAREST FORM IN WHICH ARCHITECTURE CAN EXIST

By Pier Vittorio Aureli

An examination of Ludwig Hilberseimer's entry to the 1922 competition to design the Chicago Tribune Tower. Read more

 

M'ART

By Mart Stam

Stam argues against the traditional archetypes of the city. 'Even our transformers look like stone-block architecture and our urinals like little temples'. Read more

 

CHERNOBYL: ATOMIC CITY

By Will Wiles

An abandoned city taken over by nature, Pripyat, evacuated after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30 years ago, is as haunting as it is fascinating. Read more

 

GLASS ARCHITECTURE

By Paul Scheerbart

A vision from 1914: the cityscapes of the future as coloured crystals of architecture, a stained glass world of transparency and light. Read more

 

INEVITABLE ARCHITECTURE
 

By Lebbeus Woods

Here Woods writes about his uneasiness with the seeming lack of an acknowledgment of the inevitability of entropy in architecture. Read more 

 

NAKATOMI SPACE

By Geoff Manaugh

The phrase 'Nakatomi space' refers to the film Die Hard to cover the parallel service architecture within contemporary space, an alternative layer of the interior. Read more

JUNKSPACE
 

By Rem Koolhaas

In 'Junkspace' Rem Koolhaas sums up more eloquently than anyone ever has the condition of contemporary architecture. It is a jeremiad about architecture's supplication before shopping and engineering and an underlining of the profession's complicity in its own spiralling irrelevance. Read more

THE LIMITS OF MEMORY:
FOR A CRITICAL ARCHITECTURE

By Claude Parent

Claude Parent writes of the problems of memory and history in architecture as a constriction on imagination. Here are the origins for his 'Oblique Architecture' - a powerful influence on Brutalism and Deconstruction and an enduring cry for revolutionary change. Read more

 

THE NEVERS WORK SITE

By Claude Parent

"There are two ages for encountering an architecture. The age of the moment: the work site. The age of duration: use." Read more

 

THE TALL OFFICE BUILDING
ARTISTICALLY CONSIDERED

By Louis Sullivan

The essay that gave us the phrase 'form ever follows function', it sets out to impart graciousness to tall buildings. Graciousness is in short supply so Read on

ORNAMENT IN ARCHITECTURE

By Louis Sullivan

Ornament must be inherent in the structure of modernity. Only America can develop architecture with rationalism and ornament. Read more

 

TWO UNPUB­LISHED NOTES ON
ARCHI­TECTURE

By Guy Debord

The problem of architecture is not that of being seen from without or that of living within. It is in the dialectical relation interior-exterior. Read more

 

AUTOSTRADE

By Sue Barr

Sue Barr looks at the extraordinary architecture and engineering of Italian motorways and the striking juxtapositions they make with the city. See more

 

THE EDUCATIONAL VALUE OF MANUAL WORK & HANDICRAFT

By Josef Albers

An understanding of manual processes in making products is beneficial, and so it should be for architecture, argued Albers in 1944. Read more

 

MANTOWNHUMAN

By Alastair Donald, Richard J Williams, Karl Sharro, Debby Kupers, Alan Farlie, Austin Williams

Anti-ecological and non-localist, ManTowNHuman is a critical riposte to the concerns of Post Modernism and the green consensus.  Read more

 

CAFÉS

By Hermann Czech

Hermann Czech's attitude to architecture is one of pleasure in use rather than impression through spectacle.   Read more

 

THE TEN BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE:
EDUCATION

By Vitruvius

Written over 2000 years ago, Vitruvius' text is still an extraordinary font of wisdom. This section is on how an architect should be educated. Read more

 

MOULD MANIFESTO

By Friedensreich Hundertwasser

In this 1958 Manifesto Hundertwasser urged citizens to take back control of the buildings they live in. Read more

 

ON EDGE: BORDER ANXIETIES
IN POSTWAR BRITAIN

By Katherine Shonfield

In this essay written in 1999, Shonfield dissects the complexities of arbitrarily-imposed border conditions. A prescient piece. Read more

 

DESIGN FOR LIVING

By Norman Foster

The design process is a valuable commodity which should not be used as a mere gesture, argues Foster in this essay from the late 1960s. Read more

 

BRADBURY BUILDING

By Edwin Heathcote

From Double Indemnity to Blade Runner, LA's Bradbury Building forms the quintessential film noir backdrop. So what's happening now in this architectural cipher for death? Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Bruce Mau
 

"...it is time we stopped talking about architecture. We should be thinking about educating, training and celebrating developers." Read more

 

FAME + FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

By Howard Martin

The self-proclaimed 'Greatest Architect in the World' remains a fascinating model of self-belief, arrogance and brilliance.  Read more

 

THE TEN BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE:
THE SITE OF A CITY

By Vitruvius

Written over 2000 years ago, Vitruvius' text is still an extraordinary font of wisdom. This section is on how to choose a site for a city. Read more

 

MANIFESTO OF FUTURIST ARCHITECTURE

By Antonio Sant'Elia

In this vision of the future, cities would last less than a human life and each generation would rebuild in the image of their own desire. Read more

 

TIME MACHINE:
BUDAPEST STAIRCASES

By Balint Alovits

These photos of spiralling Budapest stairs give an impression of infinity and highlight the architectural thought applied to functional space. See more