Madonna, Mother and Whore : notes on vandalism at Bulgaria’s most photographed monument

Decades of appalling vandalism nearly destroyed one of the world’s most endangered monuments in Buzludzha, Bulgaria. I draw from my thoughts on politics, culture and the human condition to come to terms with the inevitability of this catastrophe You’ll think I’m dead, but I sail awayOn a wave of mutilation Wave of Mutilation by The… Read More

Climbing up the slide : the annoying slang of architecture

Morphologies, programmatic adjacencies, and spatial compositions : it’s all Greek to me, as I take a long, hard look at architecture’s Rococo lingo To paraphrase a quote from one my favourite artists, J.M. Basquiat, I’ve first learned about architecture by looking at it. My ongoing fascination with architecture, and the research of its forms, history… Read More

Poland Is Not Yet Lost

Life, Work, Death, and Architecture : an emotional journey through Poland’s first Millenium Next Departures : 9 to 14 May 2022 / 12 to 17 September 2022 8 to 13 May 2023 / 11 to 16 September 2023 Poland is one of the largest countries in Europe, steeped in the continent’s dramatic history and radiant… Read More

The Penguin Pool, London Zoo

London, UK Berthold Lubetkin with Ove Arup (1934) Berthold Lubetkin’s seminal Penguin Pool at the London Zoo was an early demonstration of Modernism as a new direction for architecture, and a triumphal showcase of the creative and expressive possibilities of concrete. The pool was built in 1934 by Lubetkin and his firm Tecton, in collaboration… Read More

Finsbury Health Centre

Finsbury, London, UK Berthold Lubetkin (1938) In the 1930s the Borough of Finsbury commissioned Berthold Lubetkin’s firm Tecton to deliver a health centre of radical design. The H-shaped building resembled no other hospital that had ever been built before, and encapsulated the technical and aesthetic elements of Modernism. It was a luminous, progressive building, designed… Read More