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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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

Artist Nathan Sawaya stands with his sculpture 'Yellow' at the Art of Brick Exhibition

Sculptor defends Lego show 'the Art of the Brick'

Opinions differ over Nathan Sawaya’s Art of the Brick, but it is certainly not lacking in colour

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