I wrote this review for Concrete Quarterly about Heike Hanada’s new Bauhaus museum – a building that is quietly eloquent about the movement’s complex history
Why Marscrete will be mission-critical to any future landing on the Red Planet – an article for This is Concrete magazine
For WSP’s The Possible magazine, I explored how one of humanity’s oldest skills is making a comeback, and spoke to some of the world’s leading architects and engineers to find out if designers really are rebelling against the render
I interviewed Historic England’s Geraint Franklin about his book Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, in which he gives a comprehensive tour of one of the Modern movement’s leading practices and explains how their expressive design language was as much about historic allusion as the shock of the new
As the modern world rose from the rubble of the Second World War, it was shaped by one material above all others: concrete. In 1947, a magazine was founded to document this profound shift in architecture and design. Its name was Concrete Quarterly.
My company, Wordmule, has produced CQ for its current publisher, The Concrete Centre, since 2010 and I have become increasingly fascinated by the magazine’s rich archive. So as its 70th anniversary loomed, I pitched a book that would chart the journey from the post-war period to the present day through its stunning photography and eyewitness testimony.
As a result, I spent much of the first half of 2017 rummaging through the archive, compiling and recompiling a list of the most significant projects, and writing The World Recast: 70 Buildings from 70 Years of Concrete Quarterly. Published by Artifice books on architecture, it is a story of heroic architecture, ingenious engineering and how the world we now take for granted came into being.
The 70 buildings I eventually settled on include some of the modern world’s greatest monuments and its boldest ideas, from the ethereal beauty of Ove Arup’s Brynmawr Rubber Factory to the towering grace of Gio Ponti’s Pirelli Tower, from the raw Brutalism of Le Corbusier to the digitally enhanced imagination of Zaha Hadid.
For the City of London Corporation’s 2017 prospectus, I interviewed Ivan Harbour and John McElgunn of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners about the changing face of London’s financial quarter.
How engineer Ramboll solved the structural riddle of Tate Modern’s twisted new extension. A review for Concrete Quarterly, Autumn 2016