Hope rises from the ashes of Notre Dame
The extraordinary global reaction to the huge fire in one of the world’s greatest cathedrals has prompted a profound debate about civilisation, spirituality and the failings of modernity.
Google’s landscraper and the city of tomorrow
Should we build horizontal skyscrapers? Google’s new London HQ is set to be one of the world’s first “landscrapers”, or very long buildings. Some would like these to replace high-rises…
‘Build bicycle-only cities!’ says architect
Should we ban cars? It has been 200 years since the first ever bicycle was invented, changing human transportation forever. Now, one man is calling for a city called “Velotopia”…
Crumbling UK parliament ‘could be abandoned’
The speaker of the House of Commons has warned that parliament could be forced to move unless £3bn is spent on repairs. But is a Victorian palace a suitable venue for a modern legislature?
Designers plan future cities under the ocean
As life on the Earth’s surface becomes increasingly uncertain, Japanese designers propose a radical solution — building new metropolises beneath the waves. Will it ever happen?
Cities on course to get bigger and smarter
The cities of tomorrow are being built today, as architects hurry to house more and more of the world’s population. The future is urban — but will it be greener or gloomier?
London Shard vies for top architecture prize
Love it or loathe it, the tallest building in western Europe has been nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize, which celebrates the best of British architecture. Is it a worthy contender?
‘Concrete Poet’ Oscar Niemeyer dies
At 104, architect Oscar Niemeyer has died. His curvaceous buildings and left-wing ideas created the blueprint for a brand new city. Is it possible to design a utopia?
Ugliness as useful as beauty, says critic
In a controversial new book, critic Stephen Bayley examines the history of the hideous. Are our ideas of ugliness and beauty fixed? And can the unappealing ever be valuable?
Olympic flame lights London in cutting-edge style
The Olympic flame has touched down in Britain to embark on its ten week journey around the UK. Its destination: a state-of-the-art cauldron, built by Thomas Heatherwick, London’s hottest...