Critiques is the book series of the AHRA – Architectural Humanities Research Association. Originally established in 2003 AHRA supports and disseminates interdisciplinary scholarship in all areas under the broad heading of architectural humanities, including architectural history, theory, culture, design and urbanism.
This original series of edited books contains selections of essays developed from the best papers presented at the annual AHRA International Conferences. Each year the event has a particular thematic focus while sharing an emphasis on new and emerging areas of critical research. Recent interdisciplinary areas addressed include urban studies, spatial politics, anthropology, exhibitions and representation.
To find out more about AHRA activities including the themes to be addressed in forthcoming conferences please follow the link below: http://www.ahra-architecture.org/
Housing and the City
Architecture and Collective Life
Architecture and the Smart City
Architecture, Festival and the City
This Thing Called Theory
Industries of Architecture
Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence
The Politics of Making
By Simon Richards, Cagri Sanliturk, Robert Schmidt III, Falli Palaiologou
July 28, 2023
This book explores how the concept of ‘region’ has evolved over time and shaped architectural culture and practice. It questions what the ‘region’ and ‘regional’ mean for architectural cultures past and present, and speculates on what forms and in which senses they might exist in future. To that ...
By Katharina Borsi, Didem Ekici, Jonathan Hale, Nick Haynes
June 28, 2022
Housing and the City explores housing histories, theories, and projects in diverse geographies. It presents a geographically dispersed history of the twentieth-century modern housing project and its social diagram, juxtaposed with case studies from the past and the present that suggest that we can ...
By Penny Lewis, Lorens Holm, Sandra Costa Santos
October 29, 2021
This book addresses the complex relationship between architecture and public life. It’s a study of architecture and urbanism as cultural activity that both reflects and gives shape to our social relations, public institutions and political processes. Written by an international range of ...
By Sergio M. Figueiredo, Sukanya Krishnamurthy, Torsten Schroeder
November 05, 2019
Increasingly the world around us is becoming ‘smart.’ From smart meters to smart production, from smart surfaces to smart grids, from smart phones to smart citizens. ‘Smart’ has become the catch-all term to indicate the advent of a charged technological shift that has been propelled by the promise ...
By Jemma Browne, Christian Frost, Ray Lucas
October 24, 2018
Historically the urban festival served as an occasion for affirming shared convictions and identities in the life of the city. Whether religious or civic in nature, these events provided tangible expressions of social, cultural, political, and religious cohesion, often reaffirming a particular ...
By Hélène Frichot, Catharina Gabrielsson, Helen Runting
November 07, 2017
Set against the background of a ‘general crisis’ that is environmental, political and social, this book examines a series of specific intersections between architecture and feminisms, understood in the plural. The collected essays and projects that make up the book follow transversal ...
By Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo, George Themistokleous
November 07, 2016
In the age of post-digital architecture and digital materiality, This Thing Called Theory explores current practices of architectural theory, their critical and productive role. The book is organized in sections which explore theory as an open issue in architecture, as it relates to and borrows ...
By Katie Lloyd Thomas, Tilo Amhoff, Nick Beech
November 17, 2015
At a time when the technologies and techniques of producing the built environment are undergoing significant change, this book makes central architecture’s relationship to industry. Contributors turn to historical and theoretical questions, as well as to key contemporary developments, taking a ...
By Louis Rice, David Littlefield
November 12, 2014
Transgression means to 'cross over': borders, disciplines, practices, professions, and legislation. This book explores how the transgression of boundaries produces new forms of architecture, education, built environments, and praxis. Based on material from the 10th International Conference of the ...
By Ines Weizman
December 19, 2013
Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence maps out and expands upon the methodologies of architectural action and reinvigorates the concept of dissent within the architectural field. It expands the notion of dissidence to other similar practices and strategies of resistance, in a variety of ...
By Marco Frascari, Jonathan Hale, Bradley Starkey
November 18, 2010
This edited collection addresses the vital role of the imagination in the critical interpretation of architectural representations. By challenging the contemporary tendency for computer-aided drawings to become mere ‘models’ for imitation in the construction of buildings, the articles explore the ...
By Mark Swenarton, Igea Troiani, Helena Webster
December 15, 2008
A unique collection of contemporary writings, this book explores the politics involved in the making and experiencing of architecture and cities from a cross-cultural and global perspective Taking a broad view of the word ‘politics’, the essays address a range of questions, including: What...