Christopher Beanland

Christopher Beanland writes about architecture, the arts and the media.

Is there a future for the traditional museum?

There are now 55,000 museums worldwide – double the number in 1990 – with a new one opening every day in China alone. But as they begin to morph into big-business brands, and we become ever more digitally obsessed, can this trend continue?

Gasometers: Icons of energy architecture

The National Grid will be turning derelict gasworks into thousands of new homes. But that's not the only use for these haunting structures, discovers Christopher Beanland

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Rooftop living: Reach for the skies

A new movement is making use of rooftops as social spaces, from tower-block swimming pools to hotel football pitches. Christopher Beanland reports