The current issue only is freely available online.
Robin Boyd’s Austerica essay, as it first appeared in The Age in September 1957.
Is architecture criticism still architecture criticism? an Urban Omnibus series of essays on the state of architectural criticism.
Rem Koolhaas’ speech to the Ecological Urbanism Conference , Harvard University, 3 April, 2009.
Essay by Frederic Jameson (2003).
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.”
The sex appeal of gravity – this 1999 archis article by Willem Jan Neutelings questions why architects need to make their buildings float. “The column is possibly the most pathetic of all supporting elements. It reveals the architect’s impotence.”
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
Essay by Tom Leddy – an appraisal of Immanuel Kant’s free vs. adherent beauty thesis, with the Maori moko being the central example.
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.”
Ken Sanes – the age of simulation – a trove of essays by this bright Bostonian on such topics as disney, automated environments, and virtual realities.
Links aplenty to all manner of odd guilds.
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.
Piles and piles of geometry related links. Some serious and some not so.
The acceleration of computing speeds has made the rendering of complex fractal geometries a lot easier, as this site demonstrates.
A 2003 essay by Wolfgang E. Lorenz at the Vienna University of Technology, with a section relating to built architecture.
By Christopher Rollason. Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project draft did not get an English translation until 1999. Rollason walks us through the arcades and places Benjamin’s work in the context of the day. He also traces the effects the text has had on current thought.[04/04]
Scholarly journal at Project Muse (Johns Hopkins University). It used to be free… but now it isn’t. Oh well, I’ll stay dumb.
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.