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)

‘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