architecture

Vanity and fake news lie behind Simon Rattle’s new concert hall plan

28 January 2019 16:41

Like Theresa May with her thrice-spurned deal, the London Symphony Orchestra is pressing ahead with plans for a concert hall…

Glasgow School of Art is much more than just an art college

16 June 2018 12:53

Let’s be clear. This is not Grenfell. The word ‘tragedy’ may be all over the news, Twitter may be full…

The Spectator podcast: May’s third way

23 February 2017 12:19

On this week’s Spectator podcast, we discuss Theresa May’s Third Way, whether we could have an Uber for social care, and…

From the Tate to Palmyra: to preserve great art, let it decay and regenerate

1 June 2016 12:46

Strolling around Tate Modern’s recent Alexander Calder exhibition, something bothered me. Calder is best known for creating mobile, rather than static,…

Giving Turner Prize to Assemble is like giving Booker to Thomas Piketty

8 December 2015 13:22

Within the first ten minutes of last night’s televised Turner Prize ceremony, someone had twice declared that the award was…

Assemble’s Turner Prize entry is positive, genuine and ego-free. They’ll never win

2 October 2015 13:18

Here are some fur coats reclaiming the design canon for the sisterhood. They are draped over the back of tubular…

Jonathan Meades on god, football and brutophilia – and why his memoir was 17 years late

25 September 2015 0:04

This is a transcript of a talk, ‘Composing the Past’, given by Jonathan Meades at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh…

Zaha Hadid’s aggressive performance on Today confirms why architecture would be better off without her

24 September 2015 12:30

Zaha Hadid is the most famous woman architect in the world. Would women, or, indeed, architecture, be better off without…

There’s only one way to save the crumbling Houses of Parliament. Turn them into a theme park

1 July 2015 11:35

The Houses of Parliament are falling down. According to the Independent Options Appraisal of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and…

Apollo Awards 2014: Museum Opening of the Year

26 November 2014 18:29

This article first appeared in Apollo magazine Apollo magazine are pleased to announce the Apollo Awards 2014 shortlist for the Museum Opening of the…

Should we revive the Colosseum?

10 November 2014 12:04

It occurs to me that Italy isn’t the best place to live if you’re an architect. Take a walk at…

Why Bombay airport is the greatest 21st century building – and what we can learn from it

7 October 2014 11:10

‘If I had to say which was telling the truth about society, a speech by a minister of housing or…

Will we learn to love our ugly houses?

29 August 2014 15:57

What are the root causes of Britain’s housing crisis? The Philosophers’ Mail – which has copied the format of MailOnline but…

Why Eric Gill would have enjoyed the 3D-printed dildo as much in principle as in practice

8 July 2014 11:05

‘At the Sign of the Cross in St James’s Street, When next you go thither to make yourselves sweet By…

I can’t recall a time when the destruction of a structure made so many people so distressed

23 May 2014 23:47

It really is rotten luck, and also cruelly ironic. Just as Glasgow was done debating how best to demolish its…

Our infatuation with high-rise housing has been catastrophic. Good riddance to the Red Road flats

7 April 2014 12:25

‘If you meet anyone in a pub or at a party who says he is an architect,’ advised Auberon Waugh,…

Why building a new garden city at Ebbsfleet is a terrible idea

17 March 2014 9:52

So, the government plans to create a new ‘garden city’ in Ebbsfleet, Kent, with 15,000 new homes. Yesterday’s announcement by…

France’s cultural excess is immoral (but I still love it)

21 February 2014 12:11

For a committed, if unsuccessful, capitalist, I enjoy French culture an embarrassing amount – every last state-funded drop of it.…

Save the heritage of Barts Hospital

19 December 2013 14:16

Everybody wants to support cancer charities, don’t they? Take Maggie’s Trust, which ‘empowers people to live with, through and beyond…