Architecture

Why Merseyside is the natural home for a Shakespearean theatre

6 August 2022 9:00 am

A neglected little town in Merseyside is the natural home for Shakespeare North, says Robert Gore-Langton

The beauty of gasholders

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Dan Hitchens on the beauty of gasholders

A play for bureaucrats: David Hare's Straight Line Crazy reviewed

2 April 2022 9:00 am

It’s good of Nicholas Hytner to let Londoners see David Hare’s new play before it travels to Broadway where it…

Sex and politics in the precincts of St Paul’s Cathedral

26 March 2022 9:00 am

In the tight dark maze of alleys that wind between the Thames and St Paul’s the pleasures of the living…

The psychopath who wrecked New York

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton on the man who wrecked New York

The genius of Iannis Xenakis

5 March 2022 9:00 am

This year is the centenary of the birth of Iannis Xenakis, the Greek composer-architect who called himself an ancient Greek…

In praise of the Dome

26 February 2022 9:00 am

We should learn to love our turn-of-the-millennium architecture, says Helen Barrett, starting with the Dome

Abstract and concrete: the beauty of brutalism

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Nothing divides the British like modernist architecture. Traditionalists are suspicious of its utopian ambitions and dismiss it as ugly; proponents…

The Georgians feel closer to us now than the Victorians

22 January 2022 9:00 am

‘The two most fascinating subjects in the universe are sex and the 18th century,’ declared the novelist Brigid Brophy when…

A keepsake – and to-do list – of Europe’s greatest cathedrals

18 December 2021 9:00 am

In his new book on Europe’s cathedrals, Simon Jenkins begins with the claim that the greatest among them are our…

It’s a wonder any of our great country houses survived the 20th century

20 November 2021 9:00 am

One of Adrian Tinniswood’s recent books, The Long Weekend, is a portrait of country house life in the interwar years.…

The Sunday Feature is one of the most consistently interesting things on Radio 3

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The story is likely apocryphal — and so disgraceful I almost hesitate to tell it — but it goes like…

Absurd and amusing, solemn and scholarly: Charles Jencks's Cosmic House reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

An editor once told me: always look at the loos. It was remarkable, she said, how many grand cultural projets,…

Why I will miss our mighty cooling towers – and I suspect I am not alone

21 August 2021 9:00 am

There are many examples of beautiful old buildings being knocked down in favour of undistinguished new ones. But not everything can be preserved in aspic, says Martin Gayford

The National Trust has lost the language of architecture

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Press officers, breathe easy. This is not another column attacking the National Trust. Actually, I tell a lie. It is.…

Hugely pleasurable – a vision of summer: Jennifer Packer at the Serpentine Gallery reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

We need to talk about Eric. In Jennifer Packer’s portrait of her friend and fellow artist, Eric N. Mack sits…

The disgraceful decision to remove Liverpool’s heritage status

23 July 2021 12:07 am

Unesco has cancelled the ‘World Heritage Status’ of the Necropolis at Memphis and the Giza Pyramid because a Radisson Blu…

Letters: We can’t build our way out of the housing crisis

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Excess demand Sir: Liam Halligan (‘The house mafia’, 26 June) treats us to an exposé of the shoddy products of…

Why is modern architecture so ugly?

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Why is modern architecture so ugly?

Bricks and pieces: the blight of London’s fake facades

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The problem with London’s fake facades

The magnificent fiasco of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

10 April 2021 9:00 am

John Ruskin believed the most beautiful things are also the most useless, citing lilies and peacocks. Had he known about…

From temple to labyrinth — the art museum today

10 April 2021 9:00 am

At a certain point, the critic Robert Hughes once noted, at the heart of American cities churches began to be…

Skyscraper squats and a lesson from India: the future of British architecture

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Squatting, gutting and retrofitting – and a lesson from India: Stuart Jeffries looks at the future of British architecture

A passion for pastiche: China’s Potemkin villages

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Closely inspect No. 23 Leinster Terrace, Bayswater and you might notice the house has no letter box. Push at the…

The death of the Southbank Centre

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The roots of the Southbank Centre’s current crisis stretch back to before the pandemic, says Oliver Basciano