Christopher Beanland

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

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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
Memmo Alfama hotel, Lisbon

From Lisbon to Lyon: Five city break destinations you should try

If you've 'done' a lot of Europe's classic destinations, why not try somewhere new? Christopher Beanland picks urban alternatives

Going underground: the Hyde Park Corner 'traffic untangling scheme' in 1962

Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

From Dublin to Sydney, there's a worldwide trend for burying roads – and even Boris wants a Hammersmith 'flyunder'. Christopher Beanland digs out the reasons

Glasgow wanted to demolish its Red Road flats last year

Tower blocks: do we love them or hate them?

High-rises are now shunned by all but the super-cool, yet a new project is celebrating the remaining stock

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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral