02 Nov 2008
Planning the Olympic garden

The Botanical Olympics: London 2012 gets gardening

The Botanical Olympics: London 2012 gets gardening

It has run into plenty of criticism over its buildings and had trouble raising money in the credit crunch. But now the London 2012 Olympic …

 
02 Nov 2008
Rafael Viñoly's theatre of the absurd

Gadget-box theatre: Rafael Viñoly’s first British building.

Gadget-box theatre: Rafael Viñoly’s first British building.

It takes a certain level of nerve to announce that you are going to reinvent everyone’s received notion of what a theatre is. And when …

 
08 Oct 2008
Save our Saarinen!

Save our Saarinen! The American Embassy in London under threat.

Save our Saarinen! The American Embassy in London under threat.

Buildings acquire personality not only through their architecture, but through the events that they witness. In the case of Eero Saarinen’s American Embassy in Grosvenor …

 
15 Sep 2008
Herzog & de Meuron return to Tate Modern

From diagram to architecture: Tate Modern extension redesigned by Herzog and de Meuron.

From diagram to architecture: Tate Modern extension redesigned by Herzog and de Meuron.

The redesigned extension to the Tate Modern contemporary art museum in London, launched today, shows Jacques Herzog moving from what would effectively have been a …

 
01 Sep 2008
Kathryn Gustafson at the Venice Biennale

Cabbage Patch Moll: beyond architecture at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008.

Cabbage Patch Moll: beyond architecture at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008.

It’s always dangerous to ask architects to do something other than buildings or urban designs. The danger is that they will start to think that …

 
13 Jul 2008
Frank Gehry draws me a picture

Frank Gehry gets prickly: “It’s not just plop”. Exclusive interview.

Frank Gehry gets prickly: “It’s not just plop”. Exclusive interview.

I’m sitting opposite Frank Gehry over breakfast in an impossibly pretty sunlit town square in Arles, Provence. He’s here to launch the plans for his …

 
08 Jun 2008
Artists subvert architecture

Psycho Buildings: why artists should plan our cities.

Psycho Buildings: why artists should plan our cities.

Nobody ever says – hey, let’s go to the Hayward Gallery, the way they do of the Tate or the National Gallery or any museum. …

 
11 May 2008
The New Ornamentalism

Pause moment: with high-tech now historic, is New Ornamentalism taking hold?

Pause moment: with high-tech now historic, is New Ornamentalism taking hold?

You just can’t get rid of some architects. If they’re successful, everyone wants to use them. The older they get, the more in demand they …

 
23 Mar 2008
Chinese design gets a grip

China Design Now: their tanks are on our lawn.

China Design Now: their tanks are on our lawn.

How tragically apt. London’s Victoria and Albert Museum mounts an exhibition on Chinese design culture, and Tibet erupts in flames. In a further irony, …

 
01 Mar 2008
Sandy Wilson, modern art collector

Sandy Wilson and the alternative tradition of modernism.

Sandy Wilson and the alternative tradition of modernism.

You could argue that Sir Colin Alexander (“Sandy”) St. John Wilson, who died late last year aged 85, was just a little too intellectual for …

 
01 Mar 2008
Liverpool rebuilds

Mersey beat: the new Liverpool starts to emerge.

Mersey beat: the new Liverpool starts to emerge.

The big draw in Liverpool until recently was the photo-realist artist Ben Johnson who you would find in the Walker art gallery, six days a …