Housing

Worried about sky-high rents? Learn to love a bedsit

27 July 2019 9:00 am

In praise of bedsits

Polite postmodernism: Burbridge Close, Dagenham, by Peter Barber Architects is a recent housing development for the elderly that Roger Scruton approves of

Here's what I want from modern architecture, explains housing tsar Roger Scruton

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Architecture needs to stop aiming for the ‘iconic’ and focus on everyday beauty, says Roger Scruton, the new housing tsar

Homelessness isn’t a government priority. It should be

1 December 2018 9:00 am

We need a new approach to homelessness

Sending more people to uni isn’t the answer

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Imagine a world where employers judged applicants solely on their dress. Anyone in frayed clothes or scuffed shoes would never…

A home truth for the Tories: fix the housing crisis or lose power for ever

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Much rot is spoken about how the young have it so bad. In fact, this generation is healthier, richer and…

Hobbit houses and 3-D-printed homes – everything about these videos should be intensely irritating

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Since 2006, someone called Kirsten Dirksen has been posting weekly videos on YouTube about ‘simple living, self-sufficiency, small (and tiny)…

Letters: the militant suffragettes set back their own cause

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Suffragette setbacks Sir: Jane Ridley (‘Women on the warpath’, Books, 10 February) claims that Millicent Fawcett and her suffragists had ‘got nowhere’…

There is no housing crisis. It would be easier if there were

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The problem is not a lack of homes, but a skewed market

Are cruise liners the solution to the housing crisis?

10 February 2018 9:00 am

You won’t catch her on a cruise, but an exhibition at the V&A makes Daisy Dunn wistful for the golden age of travel

Philip Hammond can build his way out of trouble

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes in life the biggest risk you can take is to play it safe. This is the predicament of Philip…

Watch a sobbing landlord confess his capitalist crimes on BBC1

1 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s not unusual to see a pop concert on TV where teenage girls and a group of middle-aged men are…

Why driverless showers are key to the housing crisis

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Although it is commonly assumed that faster-than-sound passenger travel died with Concorde, this isn’t quite true: it overlooks the Caledonian…

‘The Deckcheyrie For Unbalconied Flats… will be found to work perfectly, we shouldn’t wonder. If not we’re sorry’, from How to Live in a Flat, 1936, by W. Heath Robinson and K.R.G. Browne

There was method to the madness of Heath Robinson’s extraordinary illustrations

20 May 2017 9:00 am

I first came across the extraordinary creations of the artist and illustrator William Heath Robinson at least 60 years ago.…

Ignore Sajid Javid — Britain has bags of room for more houses

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Living room Sir: Sajid Javid is quoted as saying that the biggest constraint on building more houses is the ‘lack…

Horse racing moves one step closer to the abyss

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Away from frosty Britain, lecturing my way across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro, life has been dominated more by…

There’s a revolution on Britain’s streets that newspapers never mention

7 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers,’ remarked the journalist and screenwriter Ben Hecht,…

Property: west London’s ‘satellite city’ is no goldmine for investors

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The oligarchs have gone quiet, the bankers who once inhabited Chelsea have been driven to distant suburbs; ordinary people can…

Britain’s great divide

25 June 2016 9:00 am

Brexit has exposed a huge rift between the metropolitan elite and the rest

Buy-to-let is dead. Here comes buy-to-build

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Buy-to-let is dead — many say — killed off by George Osborne’s stamp-duty hike and withdrawal of tax allowances. Welcome…

This London mayoral race will feature something new: boredom

6 February 2016 9:00 am

London, 2012. It’s Olympic year, and east London is sprouting anew, and our city feels like the capital of the…

Spectator letters: Taxing empty houses, and crying with Charles Moore

9 January 2016 9:00 am

A tax on empty dwellings Sir: Both the Conservative and Labour candidates (‘Battle for London’, 2 January) rightly see housing…

Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes

It will tear your heart out: 99 Homes reviewed

26 September 2015 8:00 am

99 Homes is an American drama about house repossession. Bummer, you might think, but here is what you don’t yet…

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is a battle for the soul of London

29 August 2015 9:00 am

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is the fight to save London

The moral case for gentrification

27 June 2015 9:00 am

To gentrify or not to gentrify. That is the question, says Stephen Bayley

The perils of planespotting

7 March 2015 9:00 am

A dangerous hobby Three men from Greater Manchester were arrested and held in the UAE after being seen writing down…