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 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