Christopher Beanland

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

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Hit the roof: hot-tub cinema east London

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
Finzels twisting Bridge - Bristol

Over and above architecture: Bridges that are going places

Spectacular bridges are going up all over the world, with four planned in London alone

Up my street: The residents of the elegant Moray Place in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town

BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

The stylishly shot series, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism

Future of travel: An artist's impression of Birmingham New Street station

Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s

Canvas can be beautiful: The Schlumberger building in Cambridge

Could the demand for affordable housing be solved by going back to tents?

As the BBC investigates tents in a Culture Show special, Christopher Beanland wonders if the earliest form of architecture could have us all pitching in

Pleasure treasure: Cromer Pier in Norfolk at sunset

The renaissance of the pier

As this British seaside icon celebrates its 200th birthday, Christopher Beanland treads the boards of these often neglected structures

Instant appeal: A visitor examines a photo of Andy Warhol at a Polaroid exhibition in Germany

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
Heads up: Andy Scott's The Kelpies in Falkirk

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?

The party line: the Kazantip music festival

Crimea raver: What will Russia think of the Autonomous Republic of Kazantip and its legendary music festival?

There’s one part Ukraine’s seized peninsula that Russia has ignored: the self-declared Republic of Kazantip, home to a decadent music festival

Greenwich Peninsular South East London UK Sainsbury's supermarket opened 2000 architect Nicholas Grimshaw ecological design

Sainsbury's wants to say 'bye bye' to its Greenwich supermarket, famously home of the Teletubbies. Can it be saved?

Sainsbury’s wants to demolish it, but campaigners are battling to save the eco-friendly store

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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