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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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

The Bombay Saphire distillery’s botanical glasshouses have been created by Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick creates gin palace with a fantastical Willy Wonka vibe

Thomas Heatherwick redesigns former banknote mill for Bombay Sapphire distillery in Hampshire countryside

The multi-level concrete diving stage now stands in a garden centre

Unused diving board given Grade II status

Structure is one of five in London with sporting themes to be listed

Eliasson with 'Colour Experiment No 57' (2014)

Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of the great master at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention

The Glasgow School of Art – designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'