21 Nov 2010
MediaCityUK: BBC's new northern redoubt

MediaCityUK: the £600m northern redoubt of British television.

MediaCityUK: the £600m northern redoubt of British television.

With the BBC’s licence fee frozen, cuts looming, its top-rating chat show host Jonathan Ross departed and a mouthy Radio 1 DJ, Chris Moyles, complaining …

 
14 Nov 2010
The Great War cemeteries of Lutyens

The Glorious Dead: review of “Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens”, author Jeroen Geurst.

The Glorious Dead: review of “Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens”, author Jeroen Geurst.

Another Remembrance Sunday, another poignant ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. New memorials to the fallen, both military and civilian, are springing up everywhere, …

 
10 Oct 2010
Kutlug Ataman's art of protest

“Talk to me with your eyes”: Interview with Kutlug Ataman, artist, film maker and activist.

“Talk to me with your eyes”: Interview with Kutlug Ataman, artist, film maker and activist.

Kutlug Ataman cuts a strange, intense, slightly piratical-looking figure in the plush Mayfair offices of his agents, The Thomas Dane Gallery. It hardly seems his …

 
21 Sep 2010
Kazuyo Sejima's 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale

The Studied Avoidance of Building: Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

The Studied Avoidance of Building: Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

This is one of the most purely enjoyable architecture biennales I’ve been to, and I’ve been to a fair old few over the years. …

 
21 Aug 2010
Tate St. Ives revisit

Surf’s up: Return to the Tate St. Ives

Surf’s up: Return to the Tate St. Ives

It can be a strange thing, revisiting a building you last saw brand new, years ago. I have just returned to the Tate St. Ives, …

 
21 Jul 2010
Nouvel at the Serpentine

Yes, we can see it’s red. Anything else? Jean Nouvel’s 2010 Serpentine Pavilion.

Yes, we can see it’s red. Anything else? Jean Nouvel’s 2010 Serpentine Pavilion.

When did I first meet Jean Nouvel? Must have been around 1980. He hadn’t built much then, though I have a memory of vaguely …

 
27 Jun 2010
Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Shakespeare Central: the new RSC theatre at Stratford on Avon

Shakespeare Central: the new RSC theatre at Stratford on Avon

There are two sides to Stratford on Avon. Both concern Shakespeare. They haven’t had too much to do with each other over the years, despite …

 
30 May 2010
Norman Foster: enigma

The Norman Foster biography that isn’t

The Norman Foster biography that isn’t

Being the most successful architect Britain has known since the imperial heyday of Lutyens – and arguably since the Baroque brilliance of Wren – ought …

 
01 Apr 2010
The horror of Kapoor's Orbit

London’s Olympic “Orbit” Monument by Anish Kapoor: exactly why is it so bad?

London’s Olympic “Orbit” Monument by Anish Kapoor: exactly why is it so bad?

It’s fair to say that it has not gone down well. The observation tower/giant public sculpture proposed for the 2012 Olympics site by the Mayor …

 
28 Mar 2010
Pevsner and the Nazis

Pevsner and the Nazis, round two: who and what did the great architectural historian want to be?

Pevsner and the Nazis, round two: who and what did the great architectural historian want to be?

Seconds out, round two. There was a bit of a brouhaha back in 2002 when biographer Stephen Games first pointed out that beloved English art …

 
24 Feb 2010
U.S.A's London fortress

The second Tower of London: Kieran Timberlake’s design for the American Embassy in the UK capital.

The second Tower of London: Kieran Timberlake’s design for the American Embassy in the UK capital.

The White Tower is the name of the central keep of the Tower of London, as built by William the Conqueror from 1077 onwards, 11 …