Jay Merrick

Jay Merrick is Architecture Critic of The Independent. His novel, Horse Latitudes, was published by Fourth Estate in 2000.

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Playing to the gallery: the Whitney Museum of American Art will house 600 works when it opens

Whitney Museum of American Art: Renzo Piano's picture palace is a new architectural icon

New York's rebuilt Whitney Museum, designed by the Shard's architect, is a unique home for American art, writes Jay Merrick

Shelf life: Oxford’s new Weston Library

Oxford's New Bodleian Library has had a radical modernist makeover

It’s a breath of fresh air, discovers Jay Merrick

Heatherwick’s London Garden Bridge bid ‘given unfair advantage’

The project has already been dogged with complaints over its £175m cost and £3.5m annual maintenance bill

Zaha Hadid’s planned apartment block in West 28th, New York

Battle of the skies: London and New York compete for starchitects

New York is fighting back against London's status as 'the greatest city on earth' and winning the competition to attract the best names in architecture

Country house, Warwickshire (Robert Adam): The stone-and-stucco mansion will be set within grounds that include native wildflower meadows, new woodland, an orchard and some ponds

England's new mansions: monstrous carbuncles or superb architecture?

Country piles of arguable quality are sprouting everywhere, but are they a decadent irrelevance today?

The Dundee V&A Museum

Dundee: The 'City of Design' that's pushing the boat out as a cultural and creative powerhouse

The decision this week by Unesco to declare Dundee a ‘City of Design’ – the first place in the UK to achieve that status – underlines its growing reputation as a cultural and creative powerhouse

Reach for the sky: the plans for the Guggenheim Helsinki

Guggenheim Helsinki: Shortlisted designs for the controversial art museum go on show

Six young architects are on the final shortlist to design the prestigious Guggenheim art museum in Helsinki. But the locals aren't happy, as Jay Merrick discovers

The Complexo do Alemao favela in Rio de Janeiro is a good example of urban planning, says a leading scientist

Could this favela be the blueprint for how our cities should look by 2050?

Leading environmental scientist tells Jay Merrick why mediaeval towns and Brazilian slums can improve urban living

The new Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Jardin d'Acclimatation in Paris

Frank Gehry's new Paris mega gallery

The gallery opens next week. Its architect, Frank Gehry, tells Jay Merrick how the death of a daughter inspired its floating form
Library of Birmingham

Riba Stirling Prize: LSE's Saw Swee Hock Student Centre makes art of even the humblest of buildings

Stirling Prize-nominated Student Centre shows what can be achieved on even a dreadful site

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It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
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Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
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Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
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End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine