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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A person walks on June 3, 2013 in a passageway of the MuCEM, the Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseille on the eve of its opening by the French President

The hard stuff: Why concrete is still best for stunning architecture

A new book reminds us that the man-made mixture is anything but grey

The ‘Sky-Reflector Net’, built into the Fulton Centre’s dome, funnels light below ground

Fulton Centre hub in Manhattan named Building of the Year thanks to technique which channels light underground

Redesign of New York transport hub offers light at the end of the tunnel for benighted commuters

The 12-storey offices at 5 Broadgate in the City of London. The 67,000 square metre space will house 5,400 UBS staff

5 Broadgate: Inside the 'groundscraper' set to become the City's new financial engine

The 12-storey building's four trading floors cover almost 67,000 square metres

Prague celebrates the overthrow of Communism in Czechoslovakia
Zaha Hadid’s new Daliesque library and archive building at St Antony College, Oxford

Zaha Hadid’s modernist library inspires shock and awe in Oxford

A new £11m library and archive building for the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College has been called a 'beached whale' and a 'giant ear trumpet'

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?

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Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
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'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
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The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
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Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
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Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

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'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
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Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
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'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
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The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
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The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
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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'