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

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

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Why we still love instant photos

Polaroid stopped making its famous cameras six years ago. But those who cherish instant analogue photographs aren't ready to let them fade away, says Christopher Beanland

Supersize art: The Kelpies in Falkirk

The Kelpies are the latest addition to Britain's growing army of enormous sculptures. But naysayers are asking what a pair of gigantic horse heads tells us about Falkirk?