Architecture

Is Northamptonshire not scenic enough to visit?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

I don’t know whether Bruce Bailey, a proud Northamptonshire man, agrees with the late Sir Nikolaus Pevsner that no one…

Taki: Mayor Bloomberg has sold New York out to the highest bidder

5 October 2013 9:00 am

 New York The trouble with driving into the city is nostalgia. Manhattan Island looms into view and it still has…

Adhocism, by Charles Jencks - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Here, for time travellers, is the whack-job spirit of ’68 in distillate form, paperbound and reissued in facsimile (with some…

Russia: A World Apart, by Simon Marsden - review

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Here are acres of desolate countryside, pockmarked by once great estates, ravaged by rot. Could it be much bleaker? Many…

La Maison Blanche: the house Le Corbusier built as a present for his parents

Le Corbusier was ashamed of the house he built

1 June 2013 9:00 am

On the outskirts of La Chaux-de-Fonds, an industrial town in the Swiss Jura, stands one of the most beautiful houses…

The Hermit in the Garden, by Gordon Campbell - review

11 May 2013 9:00 am

In his 1780 essay On Modern Gardening Horace Walpole declared that of the many ornamental features then fashionable, the one…

The symbolism of the cemetery: the draped urn, popular among the Victorians, is usually taken to mean that the soul has departed the shrouded body for its journey to heaven

How to Read a Graveyard, by Peter Stanford - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Peter Stanford likes cemeteries. Daily walks with his dog around a London graveyard acclimatised him, while the deaths of his…

Defending the real Downton Abbeys

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Why Britain’s stately homes are struggling

William Burges and the High Victorian Dream', by J. Mordaunt Crook - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

It is 32 years since the first edition of this hefty book appeared in 1981. The original was based on…

‘On Glasgow and Edinburgh', by Robert Crawford - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Glasgow and Edinburgh are so nearby that even in the 18th-century Adam Smith could breakfast in one city and be…

The new Design Museum: Prince Charles will prefer it. But should we?

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Twenty-five years ago I went to St James’s Palace to ask the Prince of Wales if he would open the…

The shape of things to come

31 December 2011 10:00 am

I opened Futurescapes with anticipation, knowing Tim Richardson to be a forceful commentator, and landscape architects to be in dire…

Amazing grace

3 December 2011 10:00 am

It was in 1814 that the Benedictine monks arrived in Stratton-on-the-Fosse in Somerset from Douai in Flanders where, in 1606,…

Rather in the lurch

9 April 2011 12:00 am

Will it ever end? The romantic interest in the architecture, history and life lived in the country house is as alive today as it was in 1978, when Mark Girouard wrote his seminal Life in the English Country House.

Vertically challenged

27 November 2010 12:00 am

St Paul’s Cathedral is quite rightly something of a national obsession. No other building has protected ‘view corridors’ as a result of legislation in 1935, when new building regulations allowed the surrounding buildings — notoriously a telephone exchange to the south — to overtop the cathedral’s cornice line. These corridors, extending like an unseen net as far afield as Richmond Hill, make architects unaccountably cross, as if they were an unfair curb on the alliance of art and Mammon. Thank God they are there, and that the tallest buildings, springing up once again like genetically modified beanstalks, are at least corralled east of Bank.

Murder in Madison Square Garden

13 November 2010 12:00 am

In Victorian and Edwardian England architects did not get themselves murdered.

Oh Brother, where art thou?

25 September 2010 12:00 am

Benjamin Franklin had this ambition for his body: that after his death it should be reissued ‘in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by the author’.

In and out of favour in Iraq

25 September 2010 12:00 am

Nowadays the TV cameras make Baghdad look like a suburban car park, and for Tamara Chalabi, raised in England and Beirut on memories of pre-Saddam Iraq, the first encounter in 2003 was dismal.

Built for eternity

14 August 2010 12:00 am

The Escorial, as a monastery and a royal palace, was the brain child of Philip II of Spain.

Secrets and silences

30 June 2010 12:00 am

Charlotte Moore’s family have lived at Hancox on the Sussex Weald for well over a century.

The pride of the Sackvilles

23 June 2010 12:00 am

Knole is a country house the size of a small village in the Kent countryside.

Flights of futuristic fantasy

16 June 2010 12:00 am

The Great Court of the British Museum is a good place to start.

Array of luminaries

27 January 2010 12:00 am

In November 1660, on a damp night at Gresham College in London, a young shaver named Christopher Wren gave a lecture on astronomy.

A dream made concrete

6 January 2010 12:00 am

You are celebrated as the architect of one of the most famous buildings in the world, now in your late eighties and living quietly in your home outside Copenhagen.

Repeat that, repeat

9 December 2009 12:00 am

The Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco, translated by Alastair McEwen