Britain’s most important 20th-century housing is under threat
The Alton Estate in London is at risk from proposals that will ruin the architecture and destroy social housing
The criminal genius of J.L. Pearson
How could such a gifted architect also be responsible for such appalling ‘restoration’ jobs?
Is the system for protecting historic buildings working?
The procedures for protecting England’s historic buildings are now 70 years old. Is the system still fit for purpose?
In praise of monumental cemeteries
The vast cemeteries built in 19th-century Italy can still tell us much about civic pride
The architects who designed their own homes
The houses that architects designed for themselves can tell us much about their attitudes to their work
Restoring Turner’s vision for Sandycombe Lodge
Sandycombe Lodge, built by J.M.W. Turner in 1812, offers an intriguing glimpse of the painter’s potential as an architect
Don’t expect England’s great cathedrals to look after themselves
The ancient cathedrals of England need financial help to stave off ruin
The museum building that expresses the tragedy of Cologne
Peter Zumthor’s Kolumba is a poignant monument for a city devastated by wartime bombing
How the Versailles of Yorkshire has been saved
The future of Wentworth Woodhouse, a preposterous yet beautiful country house near Sheffield, has been secured after decades of uncertainty
Glasgow must not forget its greatest architect
In his bicentenary year, the Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson should be getting more attention
‘Hull can boast buildings of national significance’
The UK’s City of Culture is home to a selection of great public buildings – from a late gothic masterpiece, to a state of the art ‘subquarium’
‘A Baroque tamed to suit a northern taste’
The chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte is rare among historic houses in France – for both the quality of its conservation and as a privately run property
‘It seems extraordinary that this great artist is so little known’
Gertrude Stein hailed him as the ‘new Michelangelo’ and he was consulted by statemen about Balkan politics, but Meštrović’s name has fallen into obscurity
How life goes on in a ruined Roman palace
The ruins of Diocletian’s Palace in Split are still inhabited – and they don’t look that different from how they did to Robert Adam in the 1750s
Westminster Cathedral’s ceilings like the sky
The influence of glittering Byzantine churches can be found in the impressive mosaics of Westminster Cathedral – including a new work by Tom Phillips
‘Post-Fire London was a magnificent, beautiful compromise’
London was rebuilt according to its inhabitants’ needs after the Great Fire of 1666 – and is so much the better for it.
Georgian Gothic is no longer the eccentric style it used to be
Scholars have started to treat Georgian Gothic architecture and design much more seriously
What do architects look like?
Most architects look unremarkable – and this has always been the case
‘There is no other site like this in Europe’
The ideal community of Le Familistère was the result of one man’s unique vision. The vision failed, but its extraordinary architecture survives
The unhappy fate of Christopher Wren’s city churches
They rose out of the ashes of the Great Fire of London and transformed the city, but several of Wren’s city churches have met with disaster themselves
Move over Merrie England… Shakespeare and architecture
Taking Shakespearean architecture seriously means looking beyond ‘Olden Time’ Tudor revival buildings
The tragedy and triumph of a British architect in New Delhi
Arthur Gordon Shoosmith showed great promise but built very little – though he did design a magnificent church in New Delhi
‘Why risk skin cancer when there’s architecture to enjoy?’
Large, long windows and a flat roof for sunbathing: is it any wonder that Britain’s early experiments with modernist architecture were by the sea?
Jean Nouvel’s oasis of calm in São Paulo
The architect’s first project in São Paulo restores and adds to one of the city’s historical landmarks
When outsider art entered the mainstream