We weren't selected to curate Oslo Architectural Triennale 2019, but the proposal from me and my 'FUBuLoUS' team was in the final 5 from 71 entries!
We now REVEAL our curatorial proposal for OAT 2019... titled 'NO WAY BACK'
The Christmas podcast of Nibble Night by CAMP features Christmas diaries of the famous, from Andy Warhol to Che Guevara - females read by Melanie Coles, males by me!
I've been travelling in China...
In Changsha, Hunan Province, I saw progress on Zaha Hadid Architects' great cultural project, in Shenzhen I attended UABB 2017... and more. Amongst my interviews were the great architect Meng Yan of Urbanus, and director of Design Society, Ole Bouman... watch this space!
In the meantime, check my instagram for a taste of my trip...
21st November 2017
The Oslo Architecture Triennale has battled thru' 70 proposals to curate the 2019 edition and my 'FUBuLoUS' team of non-architects are in final shortlist of 5! Surely, an admin error? No- see the link above. Our proposed title is NO WAY BACK. Above is the fabulous artwork by Christopher Rainbow (Sputnikat Press) made for us.
I'm so pleased I may explode! ?
It's been such a madly busy month, I am late updating this website - apologies!
Here's what I saw in Lisbon: Bill Fontana transcends Lisbon’s vast 25th of April Bridge
And... I've grown wary of skyscrapers but am quoted by BBC about them in The Skyscrapers about to Change London's Skyline ... and ;) I nominated Centre Point the best one to be unveiled in 2018!
Does top Los Angeles architecture school SCI-Arc still have the radical edge of its past? In September, I was invited to judge graduate projects and see for myself.
Blog published October 2017
Note: This blog was edited and re-re-published as
designcurial November 2017
I then headed back east for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will be reviewed in Blueprint. Back to Europe via Philadelphia Museum of Art to hear about Gehry's expansion project
Blueprint 354 (Sep/Oct 2017) now published - includes my articles:
Between a power station and legendary clubs, a new block by Gonzalez Haase has an internal and external dialogue with Berlin
* Reviewed: Soul of a Nation - the liberation, the joy and some funky stuff in Tate Modern's major African-American srt survey
AHMM's robust London 'urban campus' block with more than a hint of Jean Prouvé
A busy Summer 2017!
In July I spent a week in Berlin. In August I visited projects in Bergen, Norway and Nimes, France... watch this space!
The world's first porcelain courtyard marks the spot in Amada Levete's V&A extension -- the treasure is a vast new gallery
* Studio Indiginous' Wiikiaami in Colombus, Indiana
A new luxury tower challenges a Stalinist icon on Warsaw's skyline. I couldn't resist asking Daniel Libeskind his thoughts on non-luxury towers too.
* Californian Design at London's Design Museum Review of Designing Freedom, a show which cruised design from acid blotters to Autopia- but where is California taking us in the digital age?
* Transformation within Antwerp's contemporary art museum M HKA
A visit to an extraordinary collection of ancient and contemporary art, and a talk with its collector, Désiré Feuerle
CoBo Social August 2017
Rising London art stars take us into the world of Punch & Judy, and it is strange and sinister
FADMagazine July 2017
The Appearance of Ding Yi and his Crosses in London- the most constant of Chinese abstract artists, interviewed at his first London show
CoBo Social May 2017
* A Letter from Gdansk
* Musée Camille Claudel
* from the Archives... my 2007 article at photographer John Donat
**The final interview with Prof. Paweł Machewicz before his dismissal as director of Museum of Second World War, Gdansk - transcript and follow-up statements from related parties
'For The Record' blog
I've been to Poland - to see the stunning Museum of World War 2 by Kwadrat in Gdansk and the Złota 44 tower by Libeskind in Warsaw - and explore these fascinating cities. Reports will be published! In the meantime, some instagrams ...
Blueprint 351 (Mar/Apr 2017)
includes my articles on:
> Frame Work - The Europa Building is the new European Commission HQ. Within a huge box made of old window frames, a curvaceous form floats like a captured moon. now online!
> Imagine Moscow at the Design Museum - a feast of Soviet avant-garde and social realism
> Electricity show at Wellcome, London, reviewed -
It's all now online!
When Time Jumps through the Roof
I survey buildings built on top of buildings to make a new whole- recent projects from Elphilharmonie to a castle ruin in Spain, plus a historic survey.
Korean & English, print only
C3 magazine 388 March 2017
February 2017- now online
Herzog and de Meuron's amazing new wavy crystal fantasy in Hamburg, pregnant with a vast concert hall
from Blueprint 350 Jan 2017
March 2017 - now online
The naughtiness of London's bohemian heart - artist Anne Pigalle leaves a brilliant trace of its evaporating pleasures
The Swiss architect with a cult following displays drawings and models in London
Zaha Hadid's art in Hong Kong - an interview with curator Amira Gad
Child's Play - Mark Neville's photo exhibition at Foudling Museum reviewed
(see a moosehead in the kitchen). We need to think about kids' right to play.
FADmagazine Feb 2017
Paul Nash at Tate Britain - review of the Tate Britain show about painted two world wars and the mysticism of the English countryside
Blueprint Jan 2017, blogged Feb 2017
Just found, from the Deep Archives! My 1998 interview with Ian Brown (ex-Stone Roses vocalist, then emerging indie solo star)
TransAction/ Rock-the-World Sep 1998
Blueprint 350 (Jan/Feb 2017)
includes my articles on:
> London's new Design Museum, Gone West - the history, the architecture, the shows + interviews with architect John Pawson and director Deyan Sudjic (mega-feature)
> Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg (cover story)
> Rome's new Congress Centre by Fuksas (feature)
> Paul Nash, painter of war and mystical landscape, at Tate Britain
> Langlands and Bell's Frank Pick memorial wall down Piccadilly Circus station
> John Pawson's Feurerle Collection in Berlin
Journal of Wild Culture January 2017
Happy to be back on great art website FAD!
I nominated some favourite 2016 shows (including the magical Jules de Balincourt and the mystical Paul Nash (at Tate Britain still, Blueprint review published next month) and there's my FAD review deconstructing Zaha Hadid's amazing paintings.
Two reviews now surfaced online:
You Say You Want a Revoltion, the big V&A show about the 60s, and
Blueprint 349 (Nov/Dec 2016) is now out, it includes my articles on:
> Zaha Hadid's sci-fi Port House, Antwerp (cover story)
> Amanda Lavette's curvy new MAAT gallery in Lisbon (feature)
> Letter from Utøya, the island of Norway's tragic 22 July 2011 massacre
> Beijing Design Week 2016 reviewed
> The V&A's mind-blowing You Say Want a Revolution reviewed
The director of London's new Design Museum offers his thoughts, on the eve of its opening
CoBo Social, Hong Kong November 2016
(film by Canal180)
... and here's my ariel picture of MAAT
Blueprint 348 (Sep/Oct 2016)
is just published, it includes my articles on:
> Christian de Portzamparc in New York, 1966 and 2016 (feature)
> One Canada Square - 25 years of London's great capitalist skyscraper icon (feature)
> 6a architects responding to the modern and mystical in Milton Keynes
> Hawkins\Brown revives a showcase London County Council school
> Chinese sculpture at Cass Foundation in Sussex
David Nixon's mighty new book is stuffed with information and stunning images. And it asks if the ISS meets Vitruvius' ancient principals of architecture. My review has answers + ponders the eventual ISS fate.
Blueprint July/ designcurial September 2016
September 2016 is on! I will be...
> back in Norway's ambitious, cool capital to cover the Oslo Architectural Triennale
> looking at the V&A's So Yo Say You Want A Revolution about the mind-blowing late 60s
And there'll be things I just can't predict!
50 years ago, The Byrds released the first psychedelic song. Eight Miles High bridged racial and cultural divides... far out!
Journal of Wild Culture August 2016
The latest Big Plan to build on Tokyo Bay is from KPF. It follows visionary solutions by many, including the Metabolists and Norman Foster. But vision and reality are different things, as Tokyo's development shows.
The Global Urbanist August 2016
Eggleston is known for his 60s/ 70s shots of slow-time smalltown scenes in the American South. But he snapped plenty of people, too – and his technological innovations were artisan
FAD Website August 2016
Curator Alejandro Aravena's theme is Reporting from the Front, but what's the Big Message? Where is architecture going? Cate St Hill and I also offer the best pavilions and exhibitions + photography by Paul Raftery
Blueprint 347 July/ designcurial August 2016
Blueprint 347 (July/August 2016) includes
* Venice Architecture Biennale- see above
* Tate Modern Switch House COVER STORY see below
* Back to the Cheesegrater to see RSHP's new offices and...
* The International Space Station -a review of David Nixon's book about it
and very much more!
Tate Modern’s extension the Switch House - an adventure of geometry, movement and materiality. And a game of stairs. I also talked to its architects, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.
Blueprint 347 July/designcurial Aug 2016
The longest building in Paris just had a €1-billion makeover. The new Entrepôt Macdonald is a collaboration with 15 architects including Christian de Portzamparc and Kengo Kuma. It's a grand projet away off the tourist track, but does this monster megastructure work?
Blueprint 346/designcurial May/July 2016
Pablo Bronstein interviewed about his current Tate Britain commission, Historical Dances in an Antique Setting, & further, his passions for baroque and postmodern; his most salubrious drawings and installations; why he's not an architect; and sundry diverse matters &tc &tc.
Blueprint 346/ designcurial June 2016
I went to Venice Architecture Biennale
A full report coming in Blueprint 347 in July
Blueprint 346 (May/June) now in print! Includes my following articles:
* Big Mac - the Entrepot Macdonald in Paris (see above for link)
* Pablo Bronstein: A Choreography of Errors (see above for link)
* Letter from Tokyo (see below for link)
* Gensler's new Shoreditch hotel tower - cool, but what is it doing to the soul of London's hip quarter?
* Strange and Familiar - Martin Parr's Barbican show of photos of Britain from the 1930s to now, reviewed
+ our editorial top 10 UK Brutalist buildings in Infographic >request PDF
Earth's most advanced city isn't just shaped by earthquakes and economics – animes and architects play out dreams there too. I get the big picture from above, and the future beyond the futuristic
Blueprint 346 May 2016 +blog
The Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois by Studio Gang
Blueprint/ designcurial March/May 2016
Jimi Hendrix flat in Mayfair, London
Groovy and cosy.... This is retro-FOMO, but is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?
Blueprint March / designcurial April 2016
My tribute to her, on behalf of Blueprint magazine
designcurial 1st April 2016
Journal of Wild Culture March 2016
An exhibition about post-war public art in the UK reveals wonderful works, and the threats they face to survive
Blueprint/designcurial March 2016
All Change: Arnhem Centraal station may be
the curviest transit hub ever. Ben van Berkel of architects UNStudio spoke as I looked... round and around. Plus a round-up of another five big new Netherlands stations, including Mecanoo's Delft and
Bentham Crouwel's Rotterdam
Blueprint 344 January (cover story) /designcurial March 2016
Peak Oil? Peak Stuff? The biggest of all is coming at us now:
Demographics and environmental degradation suggest the human race will soon be heading towards the Big Exit. We can shrink, or we can find a way out... way way out.
It's the biggest issue you'll ever read about.
Journal of Wild Culture Feb 2016
Shenzhen Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City
What is this Aaron-Betsky-curated exhibition in China's original boom megacity? And what's the big message?
Blueprint/designcurial January/February 2016
The Great Amber Hall by Volker Giencke from Blueprint Jan 2016 >request PDF
Picturehouse Central by Peter Hudspith Architects from Blueprint Sep 2015
Just back from travels in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. I will report on Shenzhen's Urbanism\Architecture Bicity Biennale.
All Tomorrow's Cities
In a city with hardly a yesterday, clues to the cities of the future are revealed. Shenzhen's Urbanism\Architecture Bicity Biennale (UABB) examines the Pearl River Delta, Radical Urbanism worldwide, and much more... Powerful ideas for an urbanising planet
Journal of Wild Culture January 2016
Full UABB review appears in Blueprint 344
An excerpt of my Preface to the book People Place Purpose by Francine Houben of Mecanoo, has just gone online in ArchDaily
Happy to be collaborating with Portuguese photographer Nuno Cera on his latest film project L'Année Derniere!
Belgrade Waterfront: an
unlikely place for Gulf petrodollars to land
A €3.5 billion project underway in the Serbian capital has divided opinion. Bringing shining towers and updated urbanism to Belgrade is exposing political faultlines and encroaching on Savamala, the ground zero of the new Belgrade cool.
online December 2015
Blueprint / designcurial November/December 2015
The first Chicago Architecture Biennial exploded with ideas and reached out to the city. It offers spectacle and reflection, fantasies and practical projects, global perspective and local
intervention. But what's the agenda? And does it restore Chicago to centre-stage of architecture?
Blueprint / designcurial Nov/Dec 2015
The Architectures of the Afterlife: A journey into the structures of Heaven, Hell and Limbo
Uncube (the Death issue) November 2015
(some archive directories are downloble below)