The Sculptor – Review

Unlike other commodities, Art doesn’t hold an intrinsic value. Whilst some would pay millions for an unmade bed or a urinal, others turn up their nose. Food, water, even air doesn’t garner this reaction, no one accuses timber of being overrated or concrete as the worthless product of savvy marketing....

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Artistic publisher TASCHEN announce January sales

Luxury publisher TASCHEN has announced today its warehouse super sale. From January 22nd to 25th there are 50 to 75% discounts available in all TASCHEN stores worldwide. That a minimum of half-price on titles spanning cutting-edge design, photography and unearthed historical treasures.   The London store in Duke of York’s...

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21 things you won’t learn in architecture school

2B or not 2B an Architect 21 Things you won’t Learn in Architecture School By Adrian Dobson, RIBA Publishing, Paperback £19.95 Like the priesthood, architecture is a vocation not a job. Those who think otherwise might best avoid it altogether. The training is long (seven years) and arduous, the pay...

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The Planner : Book Review

In fiction, architects are usually heroic figures – think of Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, played by Gary Cooper in the film; Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) in Towering Inferno; and Will Francis (Jude Law) in Breaking and Entering. True, some are seriously flawed heroes, such as Seth Pecksniff...

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London as you’ve never seen it before

For those of us who know London well, and prefer to walk its streets rather than drive or take public transport whenever we can, it is still a collection of villages, each with its own character and boundaries: Covent Garden, Soho, Marylebone, St James’s, Mayfair, Westminster. The whole may add...

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All Hail The Christmas Book

Excitedly tearing away shiny wrapping paper, ripping off crisp sheets of tissue, peeling away sellotape, to reveal…. A book. A classic, and (whisper it), slightly boring choice? Since the invention of iEverything, books are dangerously close to ranking amongst socks and chocolates as predictably ‘safe’ Christmas presents. A book can...

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The Perfect Capital: Review

This book is a very physical object, all about the craft of printing, typography, binding, design and layout. The first thing one notes, when picking it up, is its weight; good quality paper, crisp printing, deep margins, with ragged right-hand margins, exposed spine, sewn binding and tracing-paper dust jacket. The...

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Rotting Hill to Notting Hell: West London in books

In many ways London is defined by its literary heritage. The bookish tourist can follow literary footsteps from Chaucer’s Southwark, Dickens’ East End stews, the Fitzrovia of the Bloomsbury Set, to Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, the Metroland of Julian Barnes and the the pubs that Dylan Thomas frequented. While writers...

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