Jay Merrick is Architecture Critic of The Independent. His novel, Horse Latitudes, was published by Fourth Estate in 2000.
01 March 2013 07:00 PM
Every city in the world is commissioning architects to design iconic architecture – a production line of ever flashier-looking objects of grim bread-and-circuses banality. Why does it takes a tramp-like Catalonian vegetarian, and a young Italian with Mussolini on his mind to remind us that architecture – really engrossing architecture – is worthy of cult worship.
09 February 2013 12:00 AM
Antony Gormley greets you at the entrance and Julian Opie's in the lift… Jay Merrick checks in to the new hotel in the Norwegian capital.
18 January 2013 07:00 PM
This week, Glasgow City Council put six eminent teams of architects through the ringer by asking them a single, highly fraught question: how would they transform George Square into a public space fit for the 21st century?
08 December 2012 12:00 AM
In Timothy Soar's monochrome portrait, the face of the architect Sean Griffiths, co-principal of the cool FAT practice, carries a look of chippy disdain.
Oscar Niemeyer: The last of the 20th century’s great heroes of architecture, who remained an obdurate outsider
06 December 2012 07:10 PM
He possessed a Matisse-like ability to convey potent shape and movement with few marks
05 December 2012 12:00 AM
At school, Rowan Moore would have been the standoffish boy whose demeanour conveyed distracted impatience, but who then asked a very good question. This intelligent and cultured book has those qualities. Why We Build is a humanist's plea for architecture founded – to borrow Paul Simon's lyric – on the "incidents and accidents" of lives and places, rather than on marketing scripts or architectural heroism.
17 October 2012 12:00 AM
Renzo Piano has made his mark in the Norwegian capital
Until the virtues of sport are accepted in our state education system, opening up private school playing fields won't make the tiniest difference
14 October 2012 06:32 PM
Our Architecture Critic responds to a familiar call from an outgoing Olympic chief
13 October 2012 12:00 AM
Zaha Hadid's latest building has just opened in Montpellier, France. It's 200m long, weighs 80,000 tonnes, and resembles the superstructure of a vast, avant-garde cruise liner. The building took a million man-hours to build and cost more than €140m. But what's really interesting about it are the words that made it happen. And the fact that this new building, originally designed in 2004, looks automatically dated, compared to the much more organic designs that Hadid (inset) is now pursuing.
30 August 2012 10:00 AM
As the Olympics of architecture opens in Italy, Jay Merrick surveys the unexpected
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