Christopher Beanland

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

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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

Photograph of Mackintosh, 1893 by James Craig Annan (c) T&R Annan, courtesy GlasgowMackintosh.com)

Return of the Mac: How a disastrous fire put architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh back in the limelight

The new Mackintosh Architecture exhibition at Riba in London will capture the full spectrum of his artistry, including his stunning ink drawings

Credit Lyonnais, 30 Cannon Street, London, was the first building internationally to be fully clad in double-skinned panels of glass-fibre reinforced cement (GRC)

English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Safety fast: a sprinkler system goes
into action as soon as a fire is
detected in the Euro Tunnel

The Channel Tunnel's ultimate sprinkler system: How fire is a tunnel's worst enemy

It took a million litres of water to put out the recent fire in the Channel Tunnel. A million?!

The Airlander in its Bedfordshire hangar

The return of the airship: Once the stuff of history, dirigibles are making a surprise comeback - from Nasa to Bedfordshire

Christopher Beanland looks at the rise, fall and possible rise again of the giant dirigible and asks if this comeback will fly
The Danish designs are said to create less 'visual noise' than the traditional British pylon

Current Affairs: The stylish electricity pylons sending shockwaves through the National Grid

Work has begun to erect six of the Danish-designed 'T Pylons' in the UK

Get in train: The Rocky Mountaineer

Mountain railway journeys: Five ways to let the train take the strain

Enjoy spectacular scenery on the world's most dramatic climbs, writes Christopher Beanland

The new Tate Britain

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?
Gas holders in south London

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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Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy