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  1. September 12, 2014

    London Design Festival highlights

    Tent London There’s a bright and bold feel to the work that Tent London will be hosting in the Old Truman Brewery in east...

  2. July 17, 2014

    Architectural blockbusters feature in Stirling Prize shortlist

    Stirling Prize 2014: the shortlist The shortlist for the Stirling Prize, Britain’s most prestigious architecture award, was...

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  1. beyondbrics

    July 1, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Erdogan to enter Turkey presidential poll | Turkish prime minister to stand in country’s first direct...

  2. June 30, 2014

    Design award for Zaha Hadid exposes architects’ moral dilemma

    The announcement of Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Centre as the overall winner of this year’s Design Museum Designs of the Year is...

  3. 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,...

  4. May 30, 2014

    The oblique world of Claude Parent

    It was an alien landscape of ramps and sloping ceilings, a little bit Dr Caligari, a little bit sinking cruise-liner, a...

  5. May 30, 2014

    How 3D printing could transform building design

    In the early days of 3D printing, there was much talk of how it would transform the construction industry: how this...

  6. April 11, 2014

    China’s design playground gives world’s top architects free rein

    China architecture When the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Wang Shu was asked to build a villa by an ambitious Chinese...

  7. February 25, 2014

    Six of UK’s top architects shortlisted for Crystal Palace revival

    Six high-profile UK architects have been shortlisted to revive the Crystal Palace at its former site in south London....

  8. 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...

  9. January 19, 2014

    ‘Crossover’ jewellery attracts new collectors

    A new breed of jewellery buyers is in search of pieces created by designers from the wider applied arts. A recent Sotheby’s...

  10. January 17, 2014

    Kathryn Findlay, architect, 1953-2014

    With a dwelling called the Soft and Hairy House regarded as her best building, and a series of thatched swimming pools and...

  11. November 17, 2013

    Qatar labour standards review casts shadow on World Cup plan

    Qatar sought to ease controversy over conditions for workers building venues for the 2022 World Cup as it unveiled the first...

  12. September 27, 2013

    Zaha Hadid’s Serpentine Sackler gallery: the verdict

    When the “Magazine” was built in Hyde Park in 1805, Britain was at war with France, Nelson had yet to win the Battle of...

  13. September 13, 2013

    Interview: Julia Peyton-Jones

    On a sunlit Friday evening in late summer, Hyde Park in London hums with history. There are cars, for sure, but it is the...

  14. May 24, 2013

    Brutalist architecture: a concept made concrete

    Brutalist architecture arouses passion and fury in equal measure. Of all the styles of housing in London, none is more...

  15. April 14, 2013

    Glasgow is weathering the economic storm

    Amid the UK’s economic slump and looming cuts in state welfare, these are hardly easy times to be a northern one-time...

  16. March 11, 2013

    Bam Construct to build Google’s London HQ

    Google’s new £1bn European headquarters in King’s Cross, London, will be built by the Dutch company Bam Construct, which has...

  17. March 3, 2013

    Unlikely ‘pushover’ who doesn’t play safe

    The arrangement of the room is not to Dame Zaha Hadid’s liking. The permanent exhibition space, a five-minute walk from the...

  18. January 31, 2013

    Northeast finds Formica in top condition at 100

    North Shields was once known for shipbuilding, fishing and coal-mining. Yet one of its most enduring industrial products is...

  19. January 18, 2013

    Broad looms large

    Eli Broad is not just a prolific art collector, he is also a prodigious builder of art galleries. Perhaps it should be no...

  20. November 23, 2012

    Milan elan

    Standing under floodlights in a hangar that was once part of Milan’s former trade fair site is a mock-up apartment that may...

  21. November 17, 2012

    Sit up and take notice

    In a significant move, and to little fanfare, the online art database Art.sy, which includes Wendi Deng Murdoch and...

  22. October 15, 2012

    Cambridge laboratory wins Stirling prize

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, a small research facility set in the Botanic Garden of the University of Cambridge, is the...

  23. October 5, 2012

    Pioneers of the Caspian

    Oil-rich Azerbaijan, which regained its independence in 1991, is in a breakneck race to catch up with the globalised...

  24. 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...

  25. September 21, 2012

    The Art Market: Baku the future

    As part of its continual push to develop new markets, Christie’s last week organised its first exhibition in Baku, capital...

  26. August 6, 2012

    Changsha plan at heart of China stimulus

    The front line in the battle to transform Changsha, a city in central China, is a muddy lakeshore where building workers...

  27. July 31, 2012

    Timekeeper tracks athletes to a fraction

    Peter Hürzeler’s job has kept him away from home for 3,708 days since 1970, a calculation that only someone in his position...

  28. June 24, 2012

    HMRC looks to close 2% tax loophole

    Tax officials have hinted they could close the six-year-old loophole which may have allowed wealthy people to reduce their...

  29. 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...

  30. June 22, 2012

    A man with a span

    When Santiago Calatrava first appeared on the scene in the 1980s, his work was a revelation. Here was an architect/engineer...

  31. June 16, 2012

    Zaha Hadid: ‘Starchitect’ becomes a dame

    Zaha Hadid is one of a handful of global “starchitects” who have become household names. She is in demand across the world...

  32. June 16, 2012

    Queen’s birthday honours

    Knights Bachelor Tony Baldry, MP. Michael Boyd, artistic director, Royal Shakespeare Company. Kenneth Branagh, actor....

  33. 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...

  34. May 25, 2012

    ‘The Olympic stadiums are the ruins of the future’

    I’ve lived in London all my life and I think you tend to get very conservative in what you do. I like the idea of random...

  35. May 25, 2012

    ‘It’s not what you’d expect a shop to be’

    London has become a great city and I think it’s now the best I’ve ever seen it. If there were a beach, it would be perfect –...

  36. May 18, 2012

    Pub drinks in Olympic atmosphere

    As the closest pub to the Olympic park entrance at Westfield Stratford City, The Cow is likely to be one of the big winners...

  37. beyondbrics

    February 28, 2012

    Chinese architect wins Pritzker prize

    Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhas. And now Wang Shu. The Hangzhou-based Chinese architect has been awarded...

  38. 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...

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