December 2017

No Way Back artwork © Christopher Rainbow 2017

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!


Midnight on Taiping Street, Changsha ©Herbert Wright 2017

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

Shortlisted for Oslo!

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!   ?

November 2017

Blueprint 355 (Nov/Dec 2017) now published - my articles include a full review of the Chicago Architecture Biennial + Superflex at Tate Modern + Snøhetta's shiny cubist KMD college in Bergen, Norway


October 2017

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!



September 2017

I Was a Juror at SCI-Arc's Graduate Thesis Weekend

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

 California Dreaming: Exploring the Visions of SCI-Arc Graduates 

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:

*  Ready for the Rain: Renzo Piano's Centro Botín The futuristic new art centre in Santander, Spain, is shaped like two lungs in porcelain, but floats above the waterside

The vGGG house in Berlin Mitte

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

* Industrial chic: the White Collar Factory

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!


Blueprint 353 (July/Aug 2017) now published - includes my articles:
* COVER STORY Buried Treasure

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

*Warsaw Rising: Libeskind's Złota 44

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?

* Fletcher Priest's ghostly skyscraper in The City, London

* Transformation within Antwerp's contemporary art museum M HKA


The Feuerle Collection: Juxtaposition in a Berlin Bunker

A visit to an extraordinary collection of ancient and contemporary art, and a talk with its collector, Désiré Feuerle

CoBo Social August 2017


Jonathan Baldock & Emma Hart take on Mr Punch in Blackpool

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



Blueprint 352 (May/June 2017) now published - includes my articles:
* COVER STORY Museum of the Second World War, Gdansk +see below**

* A Letter from Gdansk

* Mies and Stirling at RIBA reviewed 

* 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



March/April 2017 

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

now online!

> Slough's new library The Curve

> Electricity show at Wellcome, London, reviewed -

It's all now online!

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C3 vol.388 magazine cover

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

Waving not Drowning- Elbphilharmonie

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

Anne Pigalle Celebrates the Soho of Dreams and Desires

The naughtiness of London's bohemian heart - artist Anne Pigalle leaves a brilliant trace of its evaporating pleasures

FAD magazine


Finding the Meaning of Peter Märkli

The Swiss architect with a cult following displays drawings and models in London

FAD magazine 


Zaha Hadid's art in Hong Kong - an interview with curator Amira Gad

CoBo Social 


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

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Trump meets Lenin at The Crossroads.

Fake news! 

Journal of Wild Culture January 2017


December 2016

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.  


November 2016

Two reviews now surfaced online:

You Say You Want a Revoltion, the big V&A show about the 60s, and

Oslo and Lisbon Architecture Triennales


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

Oslo  and Lisbon Architecture Triennales contrasted and compared

Beijing Design Week 2016 reviewed

> The V&A's mind-blowing You Say Want a Revolution reviewed

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Deyan Sudjic photo by Luke Hayes

Understanding the World Through Design: Interview with Deyan Sudjic 

The director of London's new Design Museum offers his thoughts, on the eve of its opening

CoBo Social, Hong Kong November 2016



Here I make a brief video comment on the crossover between the theme of the Lisbon Architecture Triennal and the new MAAT gallery in Lisbon!

(film by Canal180)

... and here's my ariel picture of MAAT

October 2016


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

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ISS: Architecture Beyond Earth book review now online and top of my new website page Space and astronautics

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


Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson gazes out from the ISS - self-portrait 2010

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!



The Byrds touch down at Heathrow, 1965 Keystone Pictures USA / Alamy

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



Next Tokyo 2045, visualisation cortesy KPF

A Brief History of Tokyo Bay Plans

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



Untitled, c.1975 (Marcia Hare in Memphis Tennessee) by William Eggleston, c.1975 ©Eggleston Artistic Trust

William Egglestone Portraits reviewed

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



Venice Architecture Bienalle...

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!

Blueprint 347 (Switch House cover photo by Paul Raftery)
Tate Modern with new Switch House © Paul Raftery

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


L’entrepôt Macdonald, Paris. Photo: Paul Raftery

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


Historical Dances in an Antique Setting, 2016. Photo by Brothertonlock © Pablo Bronstein

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


Montage: Andes Shadow in Main Pavilion, author with Paolo Mendes de Rocha (Lifetime Achievement winner); Portugal Pavilion, photo Nicoli Galeazzi

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


Montage of photos by Lisa Anne Wilson 2016

A Letter from Tokyo

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



All the Wood's A Stage

The Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois by Studio Gang

Photo: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Blueprint/ designcurial March/May 2016

Jimi Hendrix, Brook Street, 1969 © Barrie Wentzell

Groovy and cosy.... This is retro-FOMO, but is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?

Blueprint March / designcurial April 2016


Zaha Hadid, photo by Giovanna Silva

My tribute to her, on behalf of Blueprint magazine
designcurial 1st April 2016


detail from The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, 1490s
Review of the Victoria & Albert Museum's show charting Botticelli and artists up to the present re-imagining his work... Who is Botticelli's Venus? How has his vision of beauty shaped our very civilisation?

Journal of Wild Culture March 2016

Republished! Cultural Divide June 2016

1963 relief by William Mitchell. Photo © Historic England

An exhibition about post-war public art in the UK reveals wonderful works, and the threats they face to survive

Blueprint/designcurial March 2016


Arnhem Centraal photo © Hufton + Crow

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:

India has girls, too. Photo © Herbert Wright

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


Floating Fields by Thomas Chung of the Chinese University of Hong Kong courtesy UABB

Shenzhen Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale review
What is this Aaron-Betsky-curated exhibition in China's original boom megacity? And what's the big message?
Blueprint/designcurial January/February 2016


Archived online:

The Great Amber Hall by Volker Giencke from Blueprint Jan 2016   >request PDF

Picturehouse Central by Peter Hudspith Architects from Blueprint Sep 2015

>request PDF


December 2015

Just back from travels in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. I will report on Shenzhen's Urbanism\Architecture Bicity Biennale.

Shenzhen photo from WISE Architecture's 'The City that Re-lives its Memories' at UABB

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



St Mary of the Angels, Rotterdam courtesy Mecanoo

Happy to be collaborating with Portuguese photographer Nuno Cera on his latest film project L'Année Derniere!


photo of Mohamed Alabbar and Aleksandar Vučić unveil Belgrade Waterfront by Petar Pavlovic

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

LK-3 lunar lander (engineering model 1969), in Cosmonauts show. Courtesy Science Museum
Cosmonauts at London's Science Museum, the epic show about the Soviet space program, reviewed.
'From Russian avant-garde to priceless spacecraft relics and stirring graphics from days that were never more heroic, this is a cosmic parade'.

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 Great Beyond

The Architectures of the Afterlife: A journey into the structures of Heaven, Hell and Limbo
Uncube (the Death issue) November 2015


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