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see more open website in same window AAAARG.ORG

A huge library of texts old and new, access by free login. Sample issues with an architectural bent include quasi-architecture and post-critical architecture.
AAAARG is a conversation platform – at different times it performs as a school, or a reading group, or a journal… AAAARG was created with the intention of developing critical discourse outside of an institutional framework. But rather than thinking of it like a new building, imagine scaffolding that attaches onto existing buildings and creates new architectures between them.”

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see more open website in same window architecture + philosophy

Typically held at RMIT Building 8, these talks provide an, “opportunity for a space of exchange between the two disciplines” [of architecture and philosophy]. There is an email newsletter with upcoming talks available on site.

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see more open website in same window Architexturez: South Asia

Architexturez is a huge Indian site that, “relies on international, multi-lingual participation and networking to build perceptions complex and contradictory. Perceptions that are applicable to a global audience, interrogating the traditional modes of architectural education, theorising, and practice.”

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see more open website in same window Austerica

Robin Boyd’s Austerica essay, as it first appeared in The Age in September 1957.

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see more open website in same window Bad Subjects: Street Protest Architecture - Dissent Space in Australia

Gregory Cowan writes about protest structures. “Subverting the official and institutional state architecture, which is massive white and permanent, this architecture of counterculture is instead light, colourful and spontaneous.” BAD SUBJECTS JAN 2004

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see more open website in same window Charles Jencks' Jumping Universe

charles jencks – in this transcript of a Radio National interview, Jencks explains his “jumping universe” and discusses Federation Square, Piano and computers in architecture. You’ll no doubt be tickled pink to hear that he likes ARM and DCM more than Rogers and Foster (abc 02/01).

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see more open website in same window Cloud Cuckoo Land

Occasional german architectural journal with a new theme each year. Abstracts in English but the body of the essays is usually in german.

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see more open website in same window Criticism

Is architecture criticism still architecture criticism? an Urban Omnibus series of essays on the state of architectural criticism.

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see more open website in same window cTheory

Now edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker – essays, articles and multimedia. A large site where the indexing isn’t that great – best to just wander about through it all.

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see more open website in same window Design Philosophy Papers

The current issue only is freely available online.

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see more open website in same window Form Follows WHAT? History and critique of the form follows function formula

Jan Michl from Norway examines the history of that over-quoted phrase and then analyses it. “Not only did it fail to bring the promised end to formalism; on the contrary, it inaugurated, and legitimized, an era of a surrepetitiously formalist approach to architecture and design.”

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see more open website in same window Fractal Architecture

The acceleration of computing speeds has made the rendering of complex fractal geometries a lot easier, as this site demonstrates.

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see more open website in same window Fractals and Fractal Architecture

A 2003 essay by Wolfgang E. Lorenz at the Vienna University of Technology, with a section relating to built architecture.

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see more open website in same window Future City

Essay by Frederic Jameson (2003).

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see more open website in same window George W. Hart

Meet George Hart, geometric genius, mathematician and sculptor, and see his fine works – I think I like the SNARL series the most so far, though “Gonads of the Rich and Famous” gets my gong for naming.

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see more open website in same window Grey Room

MIT’s architecture journal. Articles are only available if you pay or have access via a university :(

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see more open website in same window Harvard Design Magazine

Good meaty articles – most from each issue are available on site. PDFs also available.

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see more open website in same window In the Cause of Architecture

Here’s a trove of archived essays at Architectural Record, including spiels by Sullivan, Corb, Alexander, Gropius, and Mumford, among others – some very good reads.

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see more open website in same window Joseph Clarke

An architectural writer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (a what??) maintains this meaty blog about Manhattan and architectural theory and history.

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see more open website in same window Kant’s Aesthetics: Tattoos, Architecture, and Gender-Bending

Essay by Tom Leddy – an appraisal of Immanuel Kant’s free vs. adherent beauty thesis, with the Maori moko being the central example.

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