Christopher Beanland

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

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The roof garden at JFK's T5 allows travellers to stretch their legs

Airport rooftop terraces: A stroll outside should be the upside of being airside

It's not just children and geeks, many of us want to sit outside and enjoy some runway action

Croatia's coast is ideal for sailing

Croatia: From music festivals to coastal cruising

This Adriatic beauty sparkles in the summer and there's plenty of new appeal too, writes Christopher Beanland

Wing men: anticipating a summer of DeLorean events, enthusiasts inspect a model in Belfast, where the sports car was built

The DeLorean: How the Back to the Future car brought pride to a troubled Ulster

So modern that it had a  starring role in Back to the Future, John DeLorean’s  Belfast-made car showed another side to Troubles-era Ulster - nearly 40 years on, the gull-wing marvel remains a source of pride

Standing room only: the terraces at Villa Park in 1935

Could we be seeing the return of legal standing at British football matches?

For decades, the best grounds have been ‘seating only’, however much fans wanted to stand. As this season ends, Christopher Beanland asks if they’ll ever get their goal

Unité d'Habitation

Le Corbusier in France: On the trail of a controversial concrete king

Fifty years after his death, Le Corbusier's creations are as exciting as ever. Christopher Beanland visits two of the best in Marseille and Beaujolais

Croatia Rocks

Combine a festival and holiday: From Primavera Sound to the Garden Festival

There's no need to pack up and go home once the music has stopped, says Christopher Beanland

Unisphere

Expo 2015: World-class icons from the Eiffel Tower to the Space Needle

With Expo 2015 starting in Milan, Christopher Beanland suggests where to see the icons of previous events that have stood the test of time

Martin Roth director of the V&A since 2011

All of This Belongs To You exhibition: The V&A is a hotbed of popular subversion

The design institution is questioning the very notion of what a museum is for

Can a revamped Dreamland help to reinvigorate the Kent town of Margate?

Margate's historic theme park is being rescued with a chi-chi makeover. But will it be up or down for the locals?

Facebook is planning a new company town - but would you want to live so near work?

Company towns aren't a relic of the industrial revolution - they're part of the future of tech firms, with Mark Zuckerberg being the latest entrepreneur with plans to create one for his staff
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Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
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A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
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...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
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