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  1. June 27, 2014

    Smiljan Radic’s Serpentine Pavilion

    It’s a bagel, or perhaps a doughnut. Or an egg shell. Maybe a UFO. Anyway it’s resting on massive rocks. Inspired,...

  2. June 13, 2014

    Architecture Biennale in Venice

    To understand this year’s Architecture Biennale in Venice you need to see the critical tagline tucked away on the back of...

  1. May 30, 2014

    The end of architecture?

    As the 14th edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture prepares to open, the pavilions of the Giardini might be the...

  2. February 21, 2014

    We ‘cling-ons’ see our profession as a calling

    Ambrose Bierce’s satirical The Devil’s Dictionary defines an architect as “one who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a...

  3. January 31, 2014

    Eduardo Souto de Moura at the Royal Academy

    Eduardo Souto de Moura appears to be playing a game of peek-a-boo with photographers at the Royal Academy in London – the...

  4. November 18, 2013

    Commoditised market innovation

    The story Technogel is a polyurethane gel with special chemical and physical properties that make it particularly useful in...

  5. May 24, 2013

    Impossible encounters

    “It was a moment without the museum being a bank. No guards, no ropes, no limits, no pedestals – a free moment of...

  6. May 24, 2013

    Dazzled by Doha

    As we speed southwest out of Doha towards the Saudi border, the tarmac dips into the first of four tunnels. Khalid Albaih, a...

  7. March 15, 2013

    Moscow’s new art centres

    Despite its weighty historical reputation and the sheer fact of its scale as the second-largest city in Europe, Moscow does...

  8. October 26, 2012

    Towers of babble

    There’s an odd silence about sound these days. Pick up any design magazine or treatise on architecture from the past 100...

  9. September 28, 2012

    Lunch with the FT: Peter Marino

    In the style-obsessed auditoriums that play host to the world’s fashion weeks, when someone mentions a “star designer” they...

  10. June 22, 2012

    The next big thing

    “What is the maximum architecture can do?” Rem Koolhaas asked at the end of the 20th century. “Architects are in the...

  11. June 1, 2012

    A real corker

    When you sniff the cork of a newly opened bottle of wine, the cork is a measure of condition, a moment of truth. The annual...

  12. April 29, 2012

    Architect who thrives on neglect

    “The neglect,” says architect Rem Koolhaas, “is quite beautiful.” It’s not something we’re used to hearing architects...

  13. February 27, 2012

    Midwest mettle for ‘starchitects’

    Manufacturing in the US has taken a beating in recent years. Increases in productivity have been offset by dramatic job...

  14. February 7, 2012

    Ai Weiwei and Herzog to design London pavilion

    The partnership behind the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium in Beijing, the stunning centrepiece of the 2008 Olympics,...

  15. January 13, 2012

    All in a day’s work

    Blink and you’ll miss it, so to speak. Even for a culture that is addicted to the fizzy thrills of the pop-up and the flash...

  16. December 16, 2011

    Building hope

    Can architecture cure cancer? Can buildings make you better? Can space heal? Nah, ’course not. No matter what claims are...

  17. October 13, 2011

    OMA/Progress, Barbican, London

    Progress. Now there’s a good modernist word. The drawings of Rem Koolhaas and the practice he formed in London in 1975, the...

  18. September 21, 2011

    Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, V&A, London

    Once a movement is named “postmodernism” it kills everything that follows it. Even old modernism, pure, white and minimal,...

  19. September 7, 2011

    Starchitects risk losing their lustre

    The vast bulk of Chinese state television’s headquarters – a radical, twisted skyscraper with a tower bent back on itself –...

  20. July 1, 2011

    The unplugged pavilion

    Peter Zumthor is complaining about the speakers and the amplifier for his forthcoming speech. And the buzz of the generator...

  21. March 18, 2011

    Conquering the west

    Ma Yansong and towers at Mississauga So far, the phenomenon of the starchitect has been all one-way traffic – the west...

  22. January 7, 2011

    Lunch with the FT: Rem Koolhaas

    Of all the places I might have expected to have lunch with architect Rem Koolhaas, Venice ranks low on the list. I could...

  23. December 1, 2010

    Miami: everyone loves a pop-up

    This week, and this week only, a structure formed of 7 miles of reflective rope slung between monolithic steel poles sits...

  24. July 9, 2010

    Jean Nouvel’s Serpentine pavilion

    The pavilion is Nouvel’s first completed building in Britain “I like English parks,” says Jean Nouvel. “Is it necessary to...

  25. May 11, 2010

    Big thinker sees Gulf in modern terms

    When it was first published at the height of the boom in 2007, Al-Manakh arrived with little fanfare. But the title - an...

  26. May 10, 2010

    Big thinker sees Gulf in modern terms

    When it was first published at the height of the boom in 2007, Al-Manakh arrived with little fanfare. But the title – an...

  27. March 24, 2010

    Jean Nouvel to build Serpentine Pavilion

    French architect Jean Nouvel has been chosen to design the 10th annual Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens....

  28. October 23, 2009

    Dallas’s new cultural buildings

    REX/OMA’s stacked theatre in Dallas’s Arts District “Dallas,” said architect Rem Koolhaas at a packed lecture for the...

  29. October 2, 2009

    Space in natural light

    The Architecture of Natural Light By Henry Plummer Thames & Hudson, £29.95 FT Bookshop price: £24.95 Light plays a primary...

  30. September 26, 2009

    Commercial collaborations

    When Zac Posen was asked why New York artist Rosson Crow was interested in collaborating on his recent spring/summer 2010...

  31. September 25, 2009

    When artists meet designers

    When Zac Posen was asked why New York artist Rosson Crow was interested in collaborating on his recent spring/summer 2010...

  32. July 20, 2009

    Metaphor for a metropolis

    Mahanakhon, Bangkok “Krung Thep Mahanakhon”, Ole Scheeren tells me, is the Thai name for Bangkok. That last,...

  33. February 10, 2009

    Beijing's state TV complex damaged by blaze

    Fire consumed part of the Chinese state broadcaster's landmark headquarters complex in Beijing yesterday evening as many in...

  34. February 9, 2009

    Fire consumes Beijing television headquarters

    Fire consumed part of the Chinese state broadcaster’s landmark headquarters complex in Beijing on Monday evening as many in...

  35. October 11, 2008

    New talent springs from emerging markets

    Peter Zumthor is not yet a "starchitect" at the level of Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas or Frank Gehry. But,...

  36. August 9, 2008

    An era of urban visionaries

    Soft City was written at architecture's lowest point. The optimism of modernism had crumbled into scandals and corruption,...

  37. July 3, 2008

    China may be booming but it is not yet cool

    Atheist China is now the site of a very secular form of pilgrimage. Architects from around the world are thronging to...

  38. July 3, 2008

    Why the boom is not building a cool China

    Atheist China is now the site for a very secular form of pilgrimage. Architects from around the world are thronging to...

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