Women’s place in architecture

Look in the index of a first edition (1940) of J M Richards’ important book An Introduction to Modern Architecture and you will find no women. Zilch, nada. Advance time by half a century, to 1990, and more than 50 are featured from around the world in Women in Architecture...

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From Bauhaus to nest of spies

Every building tells a story: from its conception and birth, to adolescence and maturity, to eventual demise, or in this case protected status as an icon of its day and Grade I listed for preservation. Few, though, can match the most extraordinary tale of the Isokon building in Belsize Park,...

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London as you’ve never seen it before

For those of us who know London well, and prefer to walk its streets rather than drive or take public transport whenever we can, it is still a collection of villages, each with its own character and boundaries: Covent Garden, Soho, Marylebone, St James’s, Mayfair, Westminster. The whole may add...

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How to be a genius

Einstein maintained that “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”. He should know: he got off to a slow start and was known as ‘dopey’ at school. It was...

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