Alan Powers

The London Library

New wonders among old shelves at the London Library

14 June 2014 8:00 am

The Royal Court Theatre, the Young Vic Theatre and the London Library (above) are buildings of varied character and rich…

House rules

8 October 2011 4:45 pm

Britain needs more houses, and the government’s highly unpopular draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) at least asks how to get them — the right question even if it gives the wrong answer.


Vertically challenged

27 November 2010 12:00 am

St Paul’s Cathedral is quite rightly something of a national obsession. No other building has protected ‘view corridors’ as a result of legislation in 1935, when new building regulations allowed the surrounding buildings — notoriously a telephone exchange to the south — to overtop the cathedral’s cornice line. These corridors, extending like an unseen net as far afield as Richmond Hill, make architects unaccountably cross, as if they were an unfair curb on the alliance of art and Mammon. Thank God they are there, and that the tallest buildings, springing up once again like genetically modified beanstalks, are at least corralled east of Bank.

Classical peaceniks

19 May 2010 12:00 am

The Three Classicists
RIBA, until 29 May


Gothic dream

24 March 2010 12:00 am

Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill
Victoria & Albert Museum, until 4 July


Halfway to heaven

25 March 2009 12:00 am

When some 700 people throng the auditorium at Earl’s Court to hear a debate about whether eco houses are ugly, then a frustrated tree-hugger like myself may feel that we are halfway to heaven, not that I plan to share my Elysium with Germaine Greer in ranting mode if I can avoid it.

Give a dog a bad name

17 September 2008 12:00 am

Alan Powers on Parliament Square

Concrete and carbuncles

11 June 2008 12:00 am

Alan Powers on architecture


Lines of beauty

14 November 2007 12:00 am

The Beauty of Holiness: G.F. Bodley (1827-1907) and his circle

Ignoring fossil fuels

19 October 2006 12:36 pm

Earlier this year, a book appeared celebrating the first ten years of the Stirling Prize for architecture

Popular appeal

14 June 2006 3:32 pm

Last time it was cows, this time it’s sheep. I’m not talking about an agricultural show, but about the London…

Moving on

19 May 2006 5:21 pm

Listing page content here Twenty years ago, Britain was gripped by an architectural battle of styles. The Lloyd’s building in…

Rootstock of radicalism

4 March 2006 12:00 am

London is about to experience two exhibitions about early 20th-century Modernism. The V&A is mounting a substantial themed display of…

Regency revival?

26 November 2005 12:00 am

Regency revival?

Importance of ornament

29 October 2005 12:00 am

Importance of ornament

Triumph of tenacity

8 October 2005 12:00 am

Triumph of tenacity

Draughtsman of genius

11 June 2005 12:00 am

Draughtsman of genius

Take the yellow brick road

19 February 2005 12:00 am

Ever since W.S. Gilbert’s Lady Jane lamented, ‘Oh, South Kensington!’ in Patience, 1881, the place has carried a regretful quality.…

Printing matters

29 January 2005 12:00 am

Printing matters