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ARENA Journal of Architectural Research (AJAR)
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  • Mud and Modernity

    What is concrete? Loved and loathed in equal measure, this building material, as soon as we try to define it, to specify it, to describe it, becomes, well, not very concrete at all, but rather fluid and surprisingly abstract! Concrete is a material which has been going through an interesting intellectual and practical renaissance in recent years, in no small part driven by the convergence of several different kinds of technology-driven manufacturing changes - ranging from computer aided manuf...

    Bringing it Back Home: The Urbanization of the British Shopping Mall as the West Goes East

    The objective of this research is the formation of a critical position by which the repositioning of the British shopping mall from a suburban to an urban situation can be understood. Widely discredited as the ‘slayer’ of the high street, the suburban shopping mall has been cast aside as western development ideals shift toward a new so-called ‘urban renaissance’. Accordingly, many architects have focused their interest on Far Eastern models of urban complexity drawn from the unprecedented urb...

    Court: The Place of Law and the Space of the City

    The Court is an archetype central to the notion of the polis, and indeed to the city as a political construction. Its emergence as a type, as distinct from other forms of civic architecture, can be observed in the later 19th century, the fundamental spatial principles of which remain relatively unchanged in modern courtrooms today. Rather than regarding it as a type unto itself, however, this essay will critically posit the Court as the crucible of all socio-cultural built archetypes. By exam...

    Criteria for ‘Doctorateness’ in the Creative Fields: A Focus on Swiss Architecture

    The thoughts about ‘doctorateness’ in the creative fields that are put forward in this essay take architectural design as their discursive setting. However, they may also apply to other disci- plines in the creative fields that deal with the design of concrete objects. The essay focuses on Switzerland with its particular architectural and educational conditions, but, again, the obser- vations could well be valid elsewhere as well. The core competence of the architect – to design – forms the c...
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