Gillian Darley is an architectural historian and President of the Twentieth Century Society

View from the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and completed in 2017, photo: Mohamed Somji; © Louvre Abu Dhabi

Does the Louvre Abu Dhabi live up to its aims?

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is undeniably impressive, but can it succeed in becoming the universal museum it wants to be?

2 Jan 2018
Gillian Wearing with a model of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett, Photo: Caroline Teo/GLA/PA

‘Millicent Fawcett and Gillian Wearing are a winning combination’

The design for Millicent Fawcett’s statue breaks the mould, but Parliament Square is a problematic site

26 Sep 2017

The collector who tried to reassemble the ancient world

Cassiano dal Pozzo’s paper museum, consisting of thousands of drawings, attempted to encapsulate the knowledge of his time

14 Sep 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright’s unbuilt 1957–58 plan for Greater Baghdad. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, New York

MoMA puts on a model exhibition about Frank Lloyd Wright

This revelatory show matches Frank Lloyd Wright’s work to his personality and his designs to his ambitions

19 Jun 2017
Postcard advertising the Garden City Pantomime, written by residents C.B. Purdom and Charles Lee, (c. 1910)

An alternative vision of life in Letchworth, the world’s first Garden City

The radicalism of Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City is often overlooked, but Letchworth is an utopian success

3 Jan 2017
Horace Barker as King John (postcard),

‘National costume drama on a grand scale’

This is a great way to relive the ‘pageant-fever’ of earlier, more technologically innocent decades

1 Dec 2016

Has Le Corbusier stopped being an ogre?

17 buildings by Le Corbusier are now on the World Heritage list. Why has it taken so long?

25 Jul 2016

What is a European Capital of Culture for?

Can San Sebastián, one of this year’s European Capitals of Culture, provide some answers?

27 Jun 2016

Boris Johnson and the GLA are the true vandals of London

The mayor’s expansionist ambitions are ruining the city’s historic character

22 Jan 2016

Sir John Soane’s private apartments are a public treasure

The restoration at the Soane Museum is a masterpiece of forensic work

6 Jan 2016

The search is on for England’s missing public sculptures

Public sculpture was one marker of an ambitious, aspirant and generous society, the kind of world that we urgently need to be reminded of

16 Dec 2015

Comings and goings: Paolozzi and public art

It’s not just Paolozzi’s mosaics that have come under threat in recent years. Is it time for a public catalogue of such items?

6 Feb 2015