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A mid-Victorian competition to design new Government Offices in Whitehall fell victim to a battle between the competing styles of Gothic and Classical. The result proved unworthy of a nation then...

Andrew Higgott surveys the contested legacy of modern architecture in Britain from the first machine age to the dawn of the digital.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

Thirty years after his death, the great critic remains the heretical voice of architectural history.

Volume: 64 Issue: 1 2014

The rebirth of one of the world's great buildings took place on December 24th, 563.

Volume: 63 Issue: 12 2013

Pevsner Architectural Guides still bear the mark of their founder, despite ample revision. Jonathan Meades plots their glorious evolution.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

Buildings like the Shard may look like heralds of the future, but they are part of a long history of idealistic urban planning, says Alexander Lee.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

The cityscapes of the world’s most populous nation are expanding at a bewildering rate. But China’s current embrace of urban life has deep roots in its past, as Toby Lincoln explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

Albert Speer’s plan to transform Berlin into the capital of a 1,000-year Reich would have created a vast monument to misanthropy, as Roger Moorhouse explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

Roger Hudson sails past a half-built Battersea Power Station and on to its slow decline.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

Ann Natanson reports on a new scheme to restore the Roman Colosseum to its former gory glory.

Volume: 61 Issue: 10 2011

As a major new exhibition on the Aesthetic Movement opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Richard Cavendish explores Bedford Park, the garden suburb inspired by the movement’s ideals.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

A mid-Victorian competition to design new Government Offices in Whitehall fell victim to a battle between the competing styles of Gothic and Classical. The result proved unworthy of a nation then at its imperial zenith, as Bernard Porter explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 7 2011

Richard Bosworth looks at the Vittoriano, the Italian capital’s century-old monument to Victor Emmanuel II and Italian unification and still the focus of competing claims over the country’s history and national identity.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

A project to restore one of the Polish city’s 20th-century monuments has turned into a cultural battleground, writes Roger Moorhouse.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

The building of Istanbul’s new underground railway has uncovered thousands of years of history, including the first complete Byzantine naval craft ever found. Pinar Sevinclidir investigates.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

The air of London in the seventeenth century was polluted by clouds of sea-coal smoke against which Evelyn proposed some drastic remedies. By Steven R. Smith


Until 1729, London Bridge was the capital’s only crossing over the Thames and a microcosm of the city it served, lined with houses and shops on either side. Leo Hollis looks at the history of an icon.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009
David Souden reviews a book by Robert Harbison
Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

Anthony Aveni explains how the people planning great monuments and cities, many millennia and thousands of miles apart, so often sought the same inspiration – alignments with the heavens.

Volume: 58 Issue 6 2008

Neil Taylor discusses how political change has left its mark on the Latvian capital’s Town Hall Square. 

Volume: 58 Issue: 10 2008

Geoffrey Tyack remembers the renowned architectural historian who died on December 27th, 2007.

Volume: 58 Issue: 4 2008

Anthony Johnson argues that an accurate interpretation of the great monument rests in the sophisticated geometric principles employed by its Neolithic surveyors.


Richard Barber describes the discoveries he made when Channel Four’s Time Team uncovered Edward III’s huge circular building at the heart of Windsor Castle.

Volume: 57 Issue: 8 2007

Kevin Kennedy highlights a controversial project to rebuild a one-time Prussian ‘national monument’.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

Martin Henig, interviewed by Tony Morris, shares a beaker of wine with the Emperor Hadrian.

Volume: 54 Issue: 6 2004

Adrian Mourby visits the site of a city that continues to inspire grandiose visions, as it has done for almost 3,000 years.

Volume: 54 Issue: 6 2004

O.H. Creighton examines the many and varied reasons behind the siting of Norman castles, and considers their decisive effect on the cultural landscape of Britain.

Volume: 53 Issue: 4 2003

Simon Thurley explains why the first Stuarts kept the great Tudor palace virtually intact.

Volume: 53 Issue: 11 2003

Giles Worsley explains why so many country houses were demolished in the last century.

Volume: 52 Issue: 8 2002

Twelve years after the first stone of the new building was laid, the state opening of the new Houses of Parliament took place on November 11th, 1852.

Volume: 52 Issue: 11 2002

Jane Geddes investigates the remarkable ironwork of the gates of the tomb of Edward IV, and considers what they can tell us about 15th-century craft and culture.

Volume: 52 Issue: 4 2002

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