Icon’s architecture correspondent identifies four major questions that will need to be addressed in the wake of last week’s disaster

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Douglas Murphy asks what this year’s line-up for the prestigious award says about the state of British architecture

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Friday, 24 June 2016 00:31


The brute is back – on television, on social media, in coffee-table books, even in new buildings. But can we ever recapture the movement’s original spirit, asks Douglas Murphy?

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Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

Last Futures by Douglas Murphy

They may have been failures, beset by naivety, contradictions and political opposition, but revisiting the experimental structures of the 1960s and 70s is more than just architectural navel-gazing, argues Douglas Murphy in his latest book. Peter Maxwell explains

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Thursday, 02 April 2015 01:00

London School of Architecture

Will Hunter's new postgraduate course is both a reaction to and an outcome of the progressive marketisation of UK higher education

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Elemental: Centro Innovacion, Santiago

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena's practice turns corporate design on its head by creating a business innovation lab with the windows on the inside

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The Dutch architect’s latest building in Switzerland, a headquarters for an insurance firm, pays homage to Mies van der Rohe, says Douglas Murphy

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The fire at the Glasgow School of Art today has shocked the architectural world and praise for the beloved Charles Rennie Mackintosh building is pouring out across the internet. As firefighters work to put out the flames, here is an extract from an article by Douglas Murphy, in which he describes what makes the building so special.

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Friday, 16 May 2014 09:16

Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo

Frank Gehry marks his first project in Latin America with a multicoloured collision of canopies on the banks of the Panama Canal

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:45

All that is Solid by Danny Dorling

Britain's housing crisis isn't a question of supply – it's far more serious than that, finds Douglas Murphy

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Pérez Art Museum Miami Herzog & de Meuron’s latest project in Miami is a rugged concrete gallery softened by an oversailing timber canopy and hanging gardens, says Douglas Murphy

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:36

Reid Building by Steven Holl

Steven Holl's first UK building stares down one of the country's finest. But has it turned out to be the monster that some Glaswegians feared?

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:01

LSE Student Union by O'Donnell + Tuomey

O'Donnell + Tuomey reminds us that London is a "city of bricks" with an intricate facade that twists and folds out of an awkward city-centre site

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 14:47

RW Concrete Church

Nameless Architecture’s quietly powerful church in Seoul explores the symbolic potential of raw concrete and simple box-like forms, says Douglas Murphy

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Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:23

De Rotterdam by OMA

OMA’s massive wall of cantilevered tower blocks is a curious addition to a city already awash with empty office space.

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Spanish firm Cruz y Ortiz's restoration of the Netherland's largest museum shows the grandeur of 19th-century romanticism in a new light

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Amid the showiness of contemporary high-profile architecture, this Ghent-based practice stands out for its thoughtful, sensitive and reticent approach to existing buildings and its original designs

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Saturday, 09 November 2013 09:00

The Interlace: Singapore’s luxury housing

Ole Scheeren and OMA have teamed up to design a luxury residential block in Singapore that borrows aesthetically from post-war housing’’’

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Friday, 01 November 2013 11:14

Antarctic Architecture

Mankind’s ingenious activity in Earth’s most extreme environment captures the spirit of the space race, says Douglas Murphy.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:00

Britten-Pears Archive by Stanton Williams

It's like a little family of buildings, and in a way we've added one more to thatStanton Williams marks Benjamin Britten’s centenary with a sensitive and stately addition to the composer’s Suffolk farmhouse.

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