Architecture

John Harris—an architectural historian and eagle-eyed connoisseur—has died, aged 90

A scholar of Inigo Jones and William Chambers, Harris mounted landmark exhibitions based on the RIBA drawings collection that he so radically transformed

Historic English villa—built by royal mistress to escape her 'stinker' of a husband—reopens after restoration

Henrietta Howard's Marble Hill is a rare surviving example of such a home, and even rarer as one created by a woman

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Book reveals the perilous life and times of Stalin’s most celebrated architect

Boris Iofan, a Jewish architect born in Odesa—whose buildings included the Communist behemoth the “House on the Embankment”—built what the dictator demanded, creating architecture as an instrument of power

Ghanaian pavilion: returning country's presentation to spill out across Venice

For its second appearance at the Biennale, Ghana will install modular bamboo structures in locations around the city

Musée D’Orsay takes a trip through Gaudí’s fantastical world in new exhibition

Immersive show at the Parisian museum aims to show the varied output of the master of Catalan Modernism and go beyond his most famous work, the Sagrada Família

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From torture to cream tea: new book chronicles the history of Britain’s castles

Eyewitness accounts from behind the gates of fortresses dating from the seventh century to now bring these imposing buildings to life

Photographer chronicles the destruction of the 'Ukrainian Stalingrad'

Stanislav Ostrous has been risking his life to photograph the architecture of Kharkiv, one of the first Ukrainian cities to be attacked by Russian forces

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Book offers overdue estimation of Decimus Burton, an architect of Classical class

The acclaimed 19th-century architect's structures were once described insipidly as having “gentlemanly reticence”

Frank Gehry unveils new design for $350m arts school building in downtown Los Angeles

The new building for the Colburn School, an important music and dance institution, is expected to be complete in 2025

Metropolitan Museum picks Mexican architect Frida Escobedo for $500m revamp of Modern and contemporary art wing

Escobedo, the first woman to design a wing at the museum, was chosen over candidates including David Chipperfield, Ensamble Studio and other firms

Brazilian Modernist building struck by fire receives Getty conservation grant

The Jorge Machado Moreira-designed architecture and urbanism building of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro has received a $240,000 grant from the Getty Foundation to support the conservation of its archive

Decolonising South Asian architecture after British imperialism is the focus of new MoMA show

The exhibition chronicles efforts by architects in the region to adapt the tenets of international modernism to their material and cultural realities

New takes on Old Masters in a landmark of Old Hollywood

New York-based Half Gallery has taken over the home of Dorothy Arzner, one of the most successful lesbians in Hollywood in the first half of the 20th century

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Laminating, latticing and plaiting bamboo: New book on Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia looks at sustainability and spirituality

Vo’s work offers a fresh perspective on the Western modernist tradition of “organic” architecture

Remembering Richard Rogers, Centre Pompidou architect who waded into the culture wars with his unique, hi-tech style

Anglo-Italian architect was responsible for numerous landmark buildings around the world including the Lloyd's insurance building in London

Former panopticon prison on Italian island to be turned into 'academy' for Europe's future leaders—and artist residency

The 18th-century horseshoe-shaped structure followed principle of social theorist Jeremy Bentham, which allowed for constant surveillance of inmates

The ugly pursuit of beauty: how traditional architecture has become a battleground for right-wing politicians

With the culture wars in full swing, reactionary ideas on city-making are again in the ascendant, argues architecture and heritage critic Robert Bevan

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Spend, spend, spend: what lies behind the Stuarts’ taste for extravagant buildings and interiors

The turbulent period’s flashy architectural projects aimed to send out a powerful message, new book reveals

David Adjaye plans slavery museum in Barbados as new republic severs ties with Britain

Complex that will include a research institute for the Barbados Archives—a 400-year-old documentation of the British transatlantic slave trade

Obituariesfeature

Remembering Owen Luder, architect whose gifts ran far wider than the Brutalist landmarks he is known for

Two of his most famous buildings, the Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth and the Trinity Car Park and Shopping Centre in Gateshead, were demolished earlier this century

Alan Powers

Art and architecture merge on Vancouver’s towers—but is the cultural outreach more than illusion?

Two public projects launching this week highlight the Canadian city’s booming developments, in which only a select few can afford to live

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Squatters, desert cults and climate protestors: new book surveys the architecture of anarchist settlements

From geodesic domes in South Colorado to the Calais Jungle in Europe, this provocative work studies 60 structures that were built according to values of autonomy, voluntary association, mutual aid and self-organisation

Mies van der Rohe's landmark Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin ready for reopening after 'surgery' by David Chipperfield

Architect's Modernist masterpiece was “incredibly badly built” and took six years and €140m to restore to its former glory

Timothy Rub to step down as director of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Leader oversaw an ambitious series of construction projects but has also contended with reports of midlevel management abuses and equity issues

American Gothic landmark Lyndhurst Mansion opens unrestored pool building as exhibition space

The artist and preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos has created a site-specific installation that provides a glimpse into the Gilded Age in the Hudson Valley

Craftsmen in US use medieval techniques to reconstruct Notre Dame roof support

A full-scale truss fit for the Paris cathedral will be built in Washington, DC this summer as part of a teaching project by Handshouse Studio

Liverpool should not be punished for its modern vision

The UK city has been stripped of its World Heritage status. Walter Aubrey Thomas, who designed some of its most famous buildings, would have objected, says his great-grandson

Nailed it: Kizhi Pogost church is finally restored on Russian island of remarkable wooden buildings

Newly reopened 18th-century Church of the Transfiguration, topped with 22 domes, is said to have been built without a single nail