24 Nov 2013
Caruso St. John's Tate Britain

Tate Britain goes Deco

Tate Britain goes Deco

The Art Deco/Swedish Grace revival starts here, in the Tate Gallery on London’s Millbank, in the hands of architect Caruso St John. This would have …

 
22 Sep 2013
The other Hugh Pearman

Cabman psychogeographer: the other Hugh Pearman

Cabman psychogeographer: the other Hugh Pearman

We all have namesakes. Presumably, somewhere. People sometimes ask me if I am related to a former Middlesex cricketer who shares my name (I’m not, …

 
03 Sep 2013
The Walkie Scorchie

The Walkie Scorchie

The Walkie Scorchie

What an entertaining day it’s been. The new ‘Walkie Talkie” tower at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London by architect Rafael Vinoly for …

 
01 Sep 2013
Book bling in Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham

There is no civic building richer in symbolism than the public library. More than a town hall, more than a theatre or concert hall, more …

 
04 Jun 2013
Sou Fujimoto's Serpentine Pavilion 2013

Steel cloud: Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion

Steel cloud: Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion

People spoil it, that’s the trouble. Having been elsewhere during the press scrum of the morning’s preview, I dropped by to look at this year’s …

 
02 Apr 2013
Rijksmuseum returns

Digging deep: the reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Digging deep: the reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

They are very keen, the Dutch museum people, on telling you that their Rijksmuseum – their National Gallery – is about history as much as …

 
10 Mar 2013
South Bank Revamp

Festival Wing and a prayer: new plans for London’s Southbank cultural centre

Festival Wing and a prayer: new plans for London’s Southbank cultural centre

It has been more than half a century since radical architects at what was then the London County Council designed the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell …

 
25 Nov 2012
Treasuring Brutalism

The Brutal Truth: when modernism gets historic

The Brutal Truth: when modernism gets historic

It is 25 years since postwar architecture first started to be recognised as “officially quite good, here and there”. 1987 was the year the system …

 
17 Jul 2012
Raw space: Tate Modern's tanks

Tate Modern’s Underworld: The Tanks beneath the lawn

Tate Modern’s Underworld: The Tanks beneath the lawn

Found objects have long had their place in art, most notably since the provocations of Dadaists such as Duchamp with his ‘readymades’. It’s not the …

 
08 Jul 2012
The Shard

Renzo Piano’s Shard in London. Not bad, but NOT a ‘vertical city’.

Renzo Piano’s Shard in London. Not bad, but NOT a ‘vertical city’.

The Shard. It’s a very tall building in London. Also outside London, on a clear day, given the distance from which you can see it. …

 
18 Mar 2012
Kings Cross reinvented

Vaulting Ambition: the £547 million King’s Cross station concourse.

Vaulting Ambition: the £547 million King’s Cross station concourse.

What do they call those foam-plastic latticework socks they slip over your bottles of booze at airport duty-frees? Do they even have a name? Well, …