Scapegoat for all of urban life’s ills: Le Corbusier, c.1950

How dedicated a fascist was Le Corbusier?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

The ‘revelations’, 50 years after he drowned, that Le Corbusier was a ‘fascist’ and an anti-Semite are neither fresh nor…

The many faces of Essex: it was the architects’ intention to create ‘Something Fierce’ — a designed environment that was actively stimulating. ALL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ESSEX UNIVERSITY'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY BROCHURE

The only way is Essex University

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Stephen Bayley revisits the ambitious, and for its day visionary, campus that is Essex University for its 50th birthday celebrations

Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

You want a glitzy new cultural centre in Backofbeyondistan? Don’t call Shigeru Ban

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Shigeru Ban is the celebrated architect who refuses to become a celebrity. Thus, at 57, his career has run opposite…

Louisa May Alcott, Orchard House

Bare and authentic or full and fake? The dilemma of preserving writers' houses

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Every year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, in order to see…

Renaissance view of the Ideal City: detail from a painting attributed to Francesco Giorgio Martini

Dear Simon Jenkins, please stop moaning about developers

26 October 2013 9:00 am

When architectural preservationists meet at the tedious conferences and grim councils of despair that feed oxygen to their nihilistic and…

Terminal 4, Barajas Airport, Madrid, 1997–2005, designed by Richard Rogers Partnership

Is Richard Rogers still a rebel?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Lounge suit’ is normally a reliable signifier of supine gentility. But there it was on the invitation to Richard Rogers’s…

La Maison Blanche: the house Le Corbusier built as a present for his parents

Le Corbusier was ashamed of the house he built

1 June 2013 9:00 am

On the outskirts of La Chaux-de-Fonds, an industrial town in the Swiss Jura, stands one of the most beautiful houses…

Detmar Blow’s painting of the east end of the chapel at King’s College, Cambridge, showing his reredos and panelling

Why Rubens should go

19 January 2013 9:00 am

The Blow family has had its disasters. There has been madness, murder and suicides. But before those mishaps there was…

Burghley House in Lincolnshire provides an Ancestors in the Attic audiovisual introduction to the house

Fact and fantasy

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Britain’s country houses were constantly in the news a generation ago. In 1974 The Destruction of the Country House, an…

Gilbert Scott’s Battersea Power Station, about to be transformed into a hotel, flats, offices and entertainment area

Building on the past

29 September 2012 9:00 am

London was an industrial city until remarkably recently. It seems extraordinary now, but Bankside Power Station was built in 1947,…


The art of architecture

18 June 2011 12:00 am

Leighton House, studio-home of Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830–96), is one of my favourite museums, and always a treat to visit.