architecture

Just Don’t Call It A Shed

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion teaches a valuable lesson; don’t judge by appearances. Every year the pavilion is built from scratch and has a radically different design. This one is Swiss-designed, and offers a respite from the din of the city, as it acts like a walled garden, deadening outside sounds and offering monastic calm. The […]

Home In The City

Now that more than half of the world’s population lives in a city, I think we should continue looking at our urban surroundings, and I’ve been following the Gaudi comments with interest. One thing that must be taken into account is the fact that cities in Spain represent a unique case in Europe. After decades […]

London’s Lost Buildings

London has been both lucky and unlucky in its architecture. Lucky because fires and bombs wiped away its slums, forcing governments to renew, and unlucky because town planners destroyed much that was good (in the 1960s more intact buildings were destroyed than were lost in the Blitz). Look, if you will, at this hopelessly drippy […]