Architecture

Getty Foundation launches $3.1m programme to preserve Black architects' work

The two-year grant Preserving Black Modernism extends the foundation's larger initiative to protect Modernist architecture

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Ai Weiwei and museum architects Sanaa win £100,000 Praemium Imperiale art prizes

The annual award, under the patronage of Japan’s Imperial Family, spans five categories including painting, sculpture and architecture

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New publication brings Norwegian medieval wooden church—an art history Sleeping Beauty—to ravishing life

It may lie in a remote fjord but the Viking-built stave structure sits within a far wider context

Community-centred art pavilion to be unveiled at London's Notting Hill Carnival

The artist Alvaro Barrington and architect Sumayya Vally lean into the carnival's place as a robust "site of artistic creation"

A first glimpse of Storm King Art Center’s $45m redesign

The celebrated upstate New York sculpture park will begin an overhaul of its grounds to enhance visitor experience and biodiversity

Historic Beirut house damaged in city's devastating port explosion is reconstructed at Victoria & Albert Museum in London

The work charts an architect’s personal crusade to restore one of the finest remaining examples of Ottoman-Venetian homes in Old Beirut.

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

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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