Book review – architectural history

Modernist architecture isn’t barbarous – but the blinkered rejection of it is

25 August 2018 9:00 am

When I was younger, one of my favourite books was James Stevens Curl’s The Victorian Celebration of Death. His latest…

The Brooklyn Bridge: a masterpiece of engineering and a unifying symbol after a divisive civil war

The Brooklyn Bridge — an engineering masterpiece and symbol of unity

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Before Brooklyn exceeded it in cool, Manhattanites spoke dismissively of BNTs. These were the Bridge ‘n’ Tunnel folk, the out-of-towners…

Abbeyleix: the rescue of an Irish Georgian gem

10 June 2017 9:00 am

This large and splendid book is more in the nature of a grand illustrated guidebook than a historical monograph. Hundreds…

Inside the Sagrada Família: Gaudí was fascinated by the shapes of shellfish and pebbles, the branches of trees and light on a spider’s web

Does it matter whether Gaudí’s masterpiece is ever finished?

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In his biography of Gaudí, published in 2001, Gijs van Hensbergen opined that ‘we should never try to finish the…

Stairhall, by Giuseppe Artari, at Schloss Augustusburg, Brühl

The white magic of stucco

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Some 30 summers ago we were staying at a famously beautiful villa outside Turin; our hostess was — indeed is…

Bellamont Forest, Co. Cavan (c.1728), often described as a perfect Palladian villa, was designed by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce for Thomas Coote

Bedding down with the butler in Georgian Ireland

21 May 2016 9:00 am

If you had the resources, Georgian Ireland must have been a very agreeable place in which to live. It was…

The Seagram Building, Park Avenue, New York

The man who gave the world (but not London) the glass skyscraper

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Modern Architecture, capitalised thus, is now securely and uncontroversially compartmentalised into art history, its bombast muted, its hard-edge revolutions blurred…