Postmodern Architecture: Less is a Bore, by curator and Icon contributor Owen Hopkins, traces postmodernism from its inception to the present day. 

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 10:48

The little red book best known to motorists

The Michelin Guide may have started as a marketing ruse, but its longevity is testament to its influence
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Writing about food has never been so good, or serious, as now. Esther Choi's book of recipes inspired by famous artists and architects, combines fun with thoughtful commentary

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Gropius, Mies and Breuer headed to the US – but some Bauhaus alumnae went to the USSR. Only now is their work coming to light

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Monday, 21 January 2019 10:47

Five big ideas that changed design

Design movements have their core principles and significant levels of influence, but there are ideas in the history of design that have crossed over and changed the way we think about objects. Here we pick five that made an impact

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Owen Hopkins provides a welcome antidote to the histrionics and heroising that blight our understanding of modernist architecture, says John Jervis

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:32

100 Years of Architecture

To mark the publication of his ‘coffee-table book and visual exploration’ 100 Years of Architecture, we asked author Alan Powers to explain his subtly subversive selection of 300 buildings from the early 20th century onwards

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Through a book, ceramic model and top trump cards, this ‘set’ explores the astonishing achievements and costs of Soviet efforts to rehouse an entire country within 30 years, says Owen Hatherley

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Friday, 22 April 2016 12:04

Concrete Concept

Christopher Beanland’s compendium of 50 brutalist buildings is a wholesome first introduction to brutalism, but will leave die-hard fans unsatisfied, says Peter Smisek

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

Johannesburg: Arrival city

Movement, a recently-launched trio of books, explores the forces that have shaped and continue to shape South African cities. Here, editor Zahira Asmal outlines the effect of the gold rush – then and now

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Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

The Ministry of Nostalgia

Owen Hatherley’s latest book examines the 1930s/40s/50s revivalism that has engulfed this country since the financial crisis and delivers a solid kicking to the austerity nostalgia of the left, says Will Wiles

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Thursday, 10 December 2015 00:00

Patternalia by Jude Stewart

From William Morris’s floral wallpaper to the polka dot bikini, this book explores the historical, cultural and political associations of the patterns that pervade our everyday lives, says Anja Wohlstrom

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 00:00

Housing crisis: Mind the gaps

Developer Roger Zogolovitch and architect Alex Ely discuss the logistics and potentials of the abundant gap sites to be found scattered across our cities

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 00:00

Galina Balashova

One architect defined the look of the whole Soviet space programme, from its logos to its satellites. Edwin Heathcote is fascinated by her personal archive

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 00:00

Writing on the Wall by Roger Perry

Roger Perry’s photographs of graffiti in 1970s London showed wit, surrealism and anger scrawled across an age of austerity. Sukhdev Sandhu welcomes their reissue

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Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson

Darran Anderson’s ambitious tour of the city in myth, fiction and history veers down some unexpected paths, but Will Wiles is more than happy to tag along

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Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

A People on the Cover by Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon offers an intriguing and personal history of black people in the US through their depiction on book covers, writes Sukhdev Sandhu

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

Charles Holland enjoys a Pynchonesque novel set in the world of branding and “corporate anthropology” – with a suspiciously Koolhaas-like main character

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Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:46

The Acoustic City

Sukhdev Sandhu welcomes an exploration of how sound shapes – and is shaped by – the urban landscape, from the Heathrow flightpath to Eddie Van Halen's backyard

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Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:00

Arts & Architecture: 1945-49

The magazine didn't just cover the glory years of suburban America, writes Steve Parnell – it helped to create them

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