01 May 2009
Conder's new Dungeness house

The amoebic house: Simon Conder returns to Dungeness.

The amoebic house: Simon Conder returns to Dungeness.

Dungeness is a large, roughly triangular shingle peninsula that extrudes from the south-eastern coast of Britain into the English Channel. It is home to a …

 
29 Mar 2009
Whitechapel Art Gallery

Guilt, industry, brutality, art – the reinvigorated Whitechapel Art Gallery in London’s East End.

Guilt, industry, brutality, art – the reinvigorated Whitechapel Art Gallery in London’s East End.

The English middle classes have always loved the idea of throwing high culture at the masses. From the mid 19th century onwards, all kinds of …

 
15 Mar 2009
Neues Museum, Berlin

Wall and piece: David Chipperfield, Julian Harrap and the Neues Museum, Berlin.

Wall and piece: David Chipperfield, Julian Harrap and the Neues Museum, Berlin.

In Berlin, there is a place called Museum Island. With stereotypical Prussian thoroughness, the five great museums and art galleries of the nation were …

 
01 Mar 2009
Manhattan's High Line

Manhattan’s High Line: I think it’s going to be OK.

Manhattan’s High Line: I think it’s going to be OK.

I had worried. It’s only natural. The lure of dereliction, its especial beauty, is its very isolation and tragic transience. By this token, the idea …

 
15 Feb 2009
Corbusier, Palladio and Lutyens

Monsieur Le Corbusier, meet Signor Palladio – how delightful to find you both in London. Sir Edwin Lutyens wants a word with you.

Monsieur Le Corbusier, meet Signor Palladio – how delightful to find you both in London. Sir Edwin Lutyens wants a word with you.

It was that blistering 40 degrees plus European summer of 2003 when – since we were on holiday in Alsace – I bundled a puzzled …

 
20 Jan 2009
Rogers Stirk and Harbour

At home with the modern Goths: Richard Rogers, Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour.

At home with the modern Goths: Richard Rogers, Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour.

I once worked with the late Martin Pawley, a frequently perverse, never less than entertaining critic. One afternoon he returned from a visit to the …

 
20 Jan 2009
Francis Terry on Palladio

“Palladio was passé in his own time”: guest writer Francis Terry reassesses the master.

“Palladio was passé in his own time”: guest writer Francis Terry reassesses the master.

Palladio-mania is just going too far. Last year I was invited to two Palladio parties on the same evening, one at the RIBA and the …

 
04 Jan 2009
Recession architecture

From Empire State to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: how recessions produce fine architecture.

From Empire State to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: how recessions produce fine architecture.

There’s nothing like a recession for bringing architecture back to its senses. With less being built, there’s time to think. Overblown stylings are out the …

 
14 Dec 2008
The Welshness of Welsh Architecture

How Welsh is Welsh architecture? And why aren’t the English bothered?

How Welsh is Welsh architecture? And why aren’t the English bothered?

Sir Simon Jenkins, who began his starry and pithily opinionated journalistic career writing for Country Life magazine in the 1960s, is happily letting his conservationist …

 
23 Nov 2008
Nathan Coley in forgotten Essex

Faith, hope and sub-prime: Nathan Coley reveals England’s seaside favela.

Faith, hope and sub-prime: Nathan Coley reveals England’s seaside favela.

There is seaside, and then there is seaside. Jaywick, just south of Clacton on England’s Essex coast, is no upmarket resort such as snooty Frinton …

 
09 Nov 2008
House of blue crystal

The crystal house: “Seizure” by Roger Hiorns.

The crystal house: “Seizure” by Roger Hiorns.

I have squeezed myself into a tiny, abandoned, apartment in the backlands behind South London’s Elephant and Castle. Abandoned, but mysteriously colonised. Who knows who …