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A new plan for London

Enjoying his wanderings around the streets of the nation's capital, Alexis Self has devised a new plan for London; one that city planners may want to hear. Has he says so himself: 'Why not, ey?'

Architecture After the Virus

The pandemic that has shocked the world will remain in our collective memory for years to come. What habits and fears will we inherit from these eye-opening months? The built world, as usual, will respond to our needs as we adapt our environment to new anxieties and priorities.

‘Isolated? Yes. But still connected.’

As the majority of us isolate and work at home, so many of our city’s buildings no longer serve their primary function. Unlike before, many are now ornamental. Let’s grasp this opportunity to stare deeper into the beauty around us.

…at Sir Peter Cook’s Vallecas Housing, Madrid

The British knighted architect embodies in his work a contagious joie-de-vivre and the undefeatable optimism that characterises his approach and persona. The result is an oasis of hope in its aloof neighbourhood, making the latter all the friendlier and brighter with its presence.

London Mithraeum, a small bastion of the past

The memory of the London Mithraeum made Arts Editor Raphael Tiffou more appreciative of the bankers, the buses, and the birds, than frustrated that he would not meet Samuel Pepys or the Kray twins as he ascended from the depths.

…at Hampstead Hill Garden and Pergola, a moment frozen in time

The Hill Garden and Pergola is a great example of the metaphorical Primitive Hut: an allegory of how architecture first started as a natural step in human development, driven by our need to find shelter. If architecture is our natural way to respond to our circumstances: how will architecture change now that our needs are so far away from those of the primitive man?

…at Camden’s Regent’s Canal, a burst of joy

The development around the heart of Camden is a uniquely eclectic part of London. An embodiment of 1960s architectural trends, this post-modern approach to urbanism focuses not on aesthetics, but on fighting the authority of modernism and its effects over the city.

…at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Behind the exquisite Georgian facade of numbers 12, 13 and 14 of Lincoln's Inn Fields is a labyrinthine cave of wonder, teeming with eccentric relics and classical art.

…at The National Theatre, Southbank

Whether we love or hate the brutalist aesthetic of the building, we can use the National Theatre as a looking glass to enjoy St Paul’s Cathedral, Somerset House, and the dynamism of the river bank in a new light.

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