Jonathan Meades

  • Features

    Bristol, Engels – and me


    Reflections on the English city

  • The sublime

    How good an architect is Norman Foster?


    Jonathan Meades assesses the great man’s work

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    The dismal profession


    How has architecture come to be such a regulated, disciplined, controlled and artistically emasculated business? And what can be done to save it?

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    How our house fell down


    British domestic design in the 20th century is a story of architectural vandalism committed by the very rich and eagerly emulated by the middle class

  • Meades' dark mood

    Five great architects … you’ve never heard of


    Jonathan Meades on the works of Douglas Stephen, Georgie Wolton, Frederick Pilkington, Sextus Dyball and Gino Coppedè … Why they’re so good – and so neglected

  • Comment

    The tyranny of taste


    The dead hand of totalitarian modernism should be prised from the shoulders of living architects: it was no more than a style among many others

  • Comment

    Farrell & Nash (deceased)


    Sir Terry Farrell's grand plan for a central promenade linking Primrose Hill to the South Bank captures a little of a Georgian ancestor's grand vision

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    Old-fashioned fun


    My, isn't Edinburgh beautiful? It just goes to show, there's nothing wrong with revivalism and pastiche – after all, architecture used to be playful

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    Give it to me straight


    It’s all very well designing a building whose curves have been inspired by a hippopotamus’ backside, but just how does it fit in to our rectilinear urban jungle? ...

  • Comment

    A case for the SFA


    Does empty space always cry out to be filled? Not when what you're filling it with looks like Berkeley Homes' Potters Fields project, it doesn't

  • Comment

    Architects Week point


    Architects are 'celebrating' their very own Week, during which they will try to convince us they are about to change the world. It's a worrying trend …

  • Features

    Meades 160


    What we are witnessing of course – at the basest, most frivolous level – is the globalisation of uniqueness, the internationalisation of the particular, the homogenisation of the peculiar.

  • Comment

    Death by Venice


    The A-list of tourist destinations thrive on their history, uniqueness, beauty and immutability. Which is precisely what makes them so deadly

  • Comment

    A voyage to Psychotropia


    "Art deco was kitsch and camp and gently surreal, and architects who take themselves too seriously have always taken it too seriously, too." Discuss …

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    Of Mies and men


    Mies van der Rohe's failure to win an architectural competition in 1910 gives us an insight into a fascinating in-between period in the careers of artists

  • Features

    Now for a feast …


    Imagine what a restaurant critic would make of a Christmas visit to a bustling site canteen. Well, you don't have to: Jonathan Meades has done just that at Bovis' site at White City in west London – and found that not everything was quite to his taste. In fact, he ...

  • Comment

    Mechanised tree-houses


    One reason for our British spinelessness is that we don't like to make a fuss. Which wasn't always the case. In fact, our cars used to look a perfect fright …

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    Invisible pleasures


    Medieval builders who died before their cathedrals were finished were lucky, because once a building's built, everything it could be is erased by what it is

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    Desecration row


    Iconoclasts have come a long way from Byzantium to Brockhampton, but they're still smashing up £7m of church property a year. Here's a solution …

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    The snobs' barricade


    Labour seems to have no intention of providing shelter for those unable to provide it for themselves – and one reason is that we don't really want it to

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