November 23, 2011

Bond Street and its tributaries are a fierce arena for the combative art of aggressive spending. Liquid and very disposable incomes are swiped into the coffers of glittering stalls. A steady trickle of trinkets, finery and the most desirable of objects swap ownership,...

November 9, 2011

Wren’s church of 1697 has become a defining statement of the renaissance in London; a barroque pin-point of taste and order within the sprawl. The old Norman Cathedral had fulfilled a dual role; as well as a place of worship it was also a place of secular gathering pri...

November 6, 2011

I am alone with the Ambassadors.

I have been trying to catch the eye of Jean de Dintevilles but it rests firmly on the Adoration of the Kings. Likewise, the Bishop of Lavour looks straight through me towards the Holy Trinity. Neither man can be adverse to the eyes of st...

October 25, 2011

Is progress a quantitative or qualitative measure?

Koolhaus has been laid out bare at the Barbican. Presented here are 29 pages of a fax to Arup about the structure of the CCTV building,  48 floor-plan maquettes for a plinth at the National Art Museum of China,  33 draf...

October 16, 2011

Sir John Soanes House and the Hunterian Museum have at least two things in common. They are at opposite ends of the same London Square, and both house a collection of historical objects that informed a life’s work.

The Hunterian holds a large range of zoological specime...

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