March 14, 2014

This Opinion piece was originally published in BD:Online, 14th March 2014

In 1999 the industry rallied to ensure that it was Stirling Prize nominated and for good reason. It was the most energy-efficient supermarket building we have ever seen and its form was representa...

January 9, 2014

The French have an expression, comme il faut, meaning in accord with convention and existing standards; as it should be. The contemporary design architect is more inclined towards re-invention. New principles are what are required rather than decorum. And when dealing...

January 5, 2014

Yet another government commission, this time to decide the future of London’s airport expansion programme. A number of airports are jostling for position with proposals and plans. Architects have been wading into the argument. Norman Foster prefers the Isle of Grain si...

December 20, 2013

The architect, Terry Farrell, has been commissioned to produce a government sponsored report on how architects might be more successful in getting their message across: a manifesto that will become a rallying cry for British architecture. It has been suggested that wha...

November 28, 2013

In living memory, though not my own, the greater part of the City of London was a dense collection of narrow lanes containing a variety of buildings that were useful to a wide range of people. Mixed-use development before the phrase had been uttered. Banking was presen...

June 18, 2013

My first visit to New York provided an initial insight. We arrived in the afternoon on a very hot day. The taxi that took us from JFK to the Upper Westside was air-conditioned in the old fashioned way. Blasts of warm air flooded through its open windows as we swung aro...

April 12, 2013

Strawberry Hill in Twickenham was the Geogian home of Horace Walpole, son of Sir Robert. The building has recently undergone a comprehensive restoration, and has been reopened to the public. It is regarded as an important keystone building in the gothic revival movemen...

February 15, 2013

This review originally appeared in BD:Online, 15th April 2013

Edward Durell Stone is no longer a household name, though Mary Ann Hunting’s painstaking biography of this popular American architect of the post-war period re-informs us of his prior esteem. Stone nurtured h...

December 5, 2012

A room with deciduous walls betrays
The expectations of hauled feet, pushed
Through distance towards safe ground.
Unsteady murmurs, now hushed,
And gently patterned, join waves

That resonate in lithe air. The waning sound
Of breath and function slowly calms
The song to...

September 30, 2012

Gillett Square is not a traditional London public square of the Georgian or Victorian type. Darkened bricks and clean oil painted moldings do not face a railed lawn; shiny plaques advertising professional services do not appear on sturdy gloss finished doors; and no of...

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