Douglas Murphy is a writer and architect. He is the author of ‘The Architecture of Failure’, ‘Last Futures: Nature, Technology and the End of Architecture’ (Verso) and, most recently, ‘Nincompoopolis: The Follies of Boris Johnson’ (Repeater Books)

Leadenhall Market in the City of London, designed by Horace Jones (1819–87) and opened in 1881 (photo: 2011).

Going concerns? The Victorian market halls of Horace Jones

Once feted for infrastructure projects in London, the architect is now better known for designing Tower Bridge and Leadenhall and Smithfield markets

27 Nov 2019

Walter Gropius: the man who built the Bauhaus

Fiona MacCarthy’s biography suggests that the architect’s greatest achievement may have been to assemble so much talent in one place

18 May 2019
in the 1980s after its partial collapse in 1970 (photo: 2017)

The novelty and nostalgia of the Victorian seaside pier

The great iron structures of 19th-century Britain are important parts of the island’s cultural memory

23 Oct 2018

‘The building as it was is gone for good’ – remembering the Glasgow School of Art

The devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art means that incredibly difficult decisions lie ahead

18 Jun 2018
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1893), James Craig Annan.

The genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The architect and designer’s reputation stands higher than ever – but the source of his talent remains elusive

9 Jun 2018
The Temperate House at Kew Gardens, designed by Decimus Burton and Richard Turner and built between 1859 and 1898, © The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The contradictory career of Decimus Burton

The architect was once best known for his neoclassical buildings, but his reputation now rests on the glasshouses at Kew Gardens

26 Mar 2018