Paul Finch's stories
Belgian architecture continues to strive in the face of a changing political landscape
Editorial: House – the building type that continues to inspire the architectural imaginationSubscription
The house, at its root, is about shelter with varying degrees of comfort, amenity and scale – a carefully balanced combination which makes for experimental ground.
The architecture related to power and justice was for centuries a combined form, in which ‘the majesty of the law’ could be both devised, interpreted and ruled upon from within a single building complex
Both inside and outside London’s historic areas, densification and intensification are much in evidence
The countryside is now a field for experimentation, where science, digitisation, satellite mapping and agricultural production have combined in a revolution
While it is still the case that women have yet to achieve equality in the architectural world, the Women in Architecture awards applaud first architectural quality, and then the architect – who happens to be a woman
The transformation of the Yongsan US Garrison into a parkland proves that architecture can overcome a history of occupation, war and an uneasy truce
From Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie to Will Alsop’s Peckham Library, is it important for architecture to ‘fit in’?
In an architectural environment which favours the established rather than the unknown, emerging architects must have a good balance of creativity, knowledge and experience
WOHA’s public housing in Singapore is a revolution in mass housing design
Editorial: Does it matter what it looks like?Subscription
Is a bad building the same thing as an ugly building, or is a facade only skin-deep?
Specification takes on political overtones because standards are based on lowest common denominator
Editorial: Water needs an architectural embraceSubscription
Architecture and design can, at best, turn problems into assets
Pedestrian Bridge by Miro Rivera Architects Subscription
The ingenious use of metal tubes has created an unexpected jewel
Wall House, Santiago, Chile by FARSubscription
This singular design in Santiago is a sophisticated reinterpretation of the domestic exterior.
Mid-air nature is as unexpected as it is effective
AR_EA 2007 winner
This bespoke building can be dismantled and moved, a concept the designers call ‘transivity’
Stacked wooden cases mark the perimeter of this idyllically situated hotel
From pigsty to showroom, this little histroic structure is cleverly reborn
A peaceful place between secular and sacred
Simple materials and local skills inform a life-enhancing rural architecture.
Housing for Everyone: pipe dream or target?Subscription
As WAF 2016 moves to Berlin to tacke the issue of housing, Paul Finch explores architecture’s role in tackling radical inequality
The super-tidy, characterless and indeterminate business community is the same old hierarchy in more egalitarian clothing
A Bangladeshi self-help programme is reaping rewards
Interview: Bernard TschumiVideoSubscription
Architect of Parc de la Villette, Parc Zoologique de Paris and the author of The Manhattan Transcripts speaks to Paul Finch about his education, work and critical position. Tschumi discusses his interest in the city, his admiration for Cedric Price and why he’s pessimistic about the future of architecture
Monolith Controversies: The Chilean PavilionSubscription
Winner of the Silver Lion, the Chilean pavilion, featuring a ceiling panel produced in a Soviet factory, is a brilliant demonstration of the political implications of modernity
Interview with Phyllis LambertVideoSubscription
The founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the woman behind the Seagram Building in Manhattan
The Serpentine Gallery has expanded into a new home in London’s Hyde Park, with a Zaha Hadid addition to an old gunpowder store
Enhancing Everyday Life: The AGA Khan AwardsSubscription
The Aga Khan Awards 2013 explore the transformative power of architecture to positive effect, writes Paul Finch
Preview of the World Architecture FestivalSubscription
In its second year in Singapore, WAF offers the tantalising prospect of strange bedfellows and compelling cross-fertilisations, says Paul Finch
Neighbourhood vs NimbyismSubscription
Groups of residents in the UK can now formally register as a ‘neighbourhood’ − but will this be a catalyst for positive change, or is nimbyism forever to be the stumbling block?
Gallic flair and light touch construction unite in this ethereal resort proposal
Doha hosts the Aga Khan Awards and sets out its stall for the future
A pizza with Rem Koolhaas, the Lion of Venice