Monochrome master: the beautiful architectural photography of Michael Kenna

Posted on 20 October 2019 at 11:51 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

There’s something monumental about black and white photography. Especially when it concerns itself with architecture. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the work of photographer, Michael Kenna. Born in 1953 in Widnes – famed in the north-west for its chemical plants... Read more


California Concrete: the abstract beauty of America’s skateparks

Posted on 13 September 2019 at 09:50 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

California is the spiritual home of modern skateboarding. From the mid-1960s, groups of street kids would take their boards to its drained reservoirs and suburban swimming pools, and spend their days inventing and perfecting the tricks of the sport on the smooth concrete surfaces. As skateboa... Read more


The East End In Colour 1980-90: photographs of a disappeared London

Posted on 06 May 2019 at 11:13 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

London, like other ‘alpha cities’ is an irresistible pull for millions. And if they’re young and fashionable (and there are goat-herders on the Asian steppe who can serve a decent flat-white these days), then the place they head to is the East End. From Hackney to Bric... Read more


Modernism: where did it all go wrong? An essay on British post-war housing

Posted on 01 April 2019 at 18:44 by Jordan Baldock in Architecture

There’s something about modernism I’ve always found captivating – its imposing, monolithic style, rigid symmetry of clean lines and large-scale use of raw concrete. Possibly because there’s a fascination about something that was designed for the future but has spent so muc... Read more


The Atlas Of Brutalist Architecture: a love letter to untreated concrete

Posted on 29 October 2018 at 07:58 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

One of the significant changes in architecture since Umbrella’s launch in 2010 has been in the perception of brutalism, the architectural movement of the 1960s-80s that used untreated concrete as its main construction material. While some criticism of brutalist buildings was fair – to... Read more


Architects' houses: discover the homes of Norman Foster, Frank Gehry and Ray and Charles Eames

Posted on 20 July 2018 at 09:09 by Anthony Teasdale, editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

Being an architect isn’t all wearing collarless shirts and talking about Le Corbusier in the Groucho Club. Away from the office, they also have regular lives with the same worries and hassle with the council as the rest of us. However, unlike, say bus drivers or asbesto... Read more


The Umbrella-ist: ‘The Gentle Author’ – the man behind London's Spitalfields Life blog

Posted on 01 June 2018 at 07:30 by Elliott Lewis-George in Architecture

Since August 2009, the anonymous ‘Gentle Author’ has spent every day documenting east London on his Spitalfields Life blog. From profiling the capital’s oldest fireman to exploring Old Street’s strip of fried chicken shops, this mysterious writer shares many of the same in... Read more


‘The most monumental railway station in Europe’: Tim Parks on Milano Centrale

Posted on 09 March 2018 at 07:46 by Tim Parks in Architecture

Milano Centrale is one of the great railway stations of Europe, but as Tim Parks notes, its classical splendour is now compromised by the detritus of modern day capitalism If coming to Milan I get off my Interregionale at Lambrate, returning I board whatever train I take at Cent... Read more


Photographer Chris Leslie captures the decaying tower blocks of Glasgow

Posted on 12 January 2018 at 10:22 by Anthony Teasdale, Editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

There are few more handsome cities than Glasgow. But for photographer Chris Leslie, it’s not the warehouses of the Merchant City or the sandstone tenements of the West End that interest him, but the notorious high-rise estates on the edge of town. And it’s those develop... Read more


Life on the edge: why 'Infinite Suburbia' is the ultimate urbanist's book

Posted on 14 November 2017 at 19:33 by By Matt Reynolds, Creative Director, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

Whatever your view of suburbia – be it relaxing urban utopia or boring leafy hell-hole – there’s no denying outward sprawl is a vital part of all modern cities. Improvements in road and rail systems have enabled vast numbers of commuters to live on the outskirts o... Read more


London Underground's architecture: photographer Will Scott's incredible images of the Tube's best stations

Posted on 07 November 2017 at 10:24 by By Anthony Teasdale, Editor, Umbrella magazine in Architecture

The London Underground is one of the wonders of world. Not only does it ferry 1.37bn people to the farthest reaches of western Europe’s biggest city every year, but it’s also spurred the creation of world class engineering, design and architecture. ... Read more


The Design Museum's Deyan Sudjic on his book, The Language Of Cities

Posted on 04 August 2017 at 12:00 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

This interview first appeared in Issue 16 of Umbrella Umbrella: Hi Deyan. One of the themes you touch on in the book is urban transformation. We’ve seen this happen in London’s Docklands – how did those changes come about? Deyan Sudjic: Never underestimate the... Read more


Metroburbia: a stunning new book about Greater London's suburbs

Posted on 21 July 2017 at 08:12 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

Suburbia – particularly London’s suburbia – has often been a byword for everything dull. But author and professor Paul L. Knox disagrees, and has a written fantastic new book to show why. In Metroburbia: The Anatomy of Greater London, Knox takes us on a journey ar... Read more


Concrete and socialism: modernist architecture in Havana

Posted on 30 June 2017 at 09:55 by Michele Robecchi in Architecture

Phaidon’s commissioning editor Michele Robecchi on why there’s more to Havana than old cars and faded villas The revolution must be built! Cuba established strong ties with Russia and China in the 1960s and as a result the architecture was very influenced ... Read more


Dusty, decrepit, terrifying: the abandoned places of photographer Thomas Windisch

Posted on 02 June 2017 at 07:52 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

This article appeared in Issue 13 of Umbrella There’s something about an abandoned place that fascinates us. Maybe it’s the clues that suggest what was there before or the mystery of why the place was left exactly as it was. Perhaps it’s... Read more


St Pancras? Huddersfield? Newcastle? What are Umbrella's favourite UK railway stations?

Posted on 26 May 2017 at 07:49 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

This article first appeared in Issue 14 of Umbrella. Words: Anthony Teasdale, Matt Reynolds, John Mackin, Simon Cunningham, Elliott Lewis-George llustrations by Joe Rampley Railway stations are often imposing places, but it’s the details that make us fall in love with... Read more


Say goodbye to Welbeck Street car park this Friday

Posted on 06 March 2017 at 20:59 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

Fans of brutalist architecture – that’s you, Umbrella readers – can mark the passing of a concrete great this Friday. With the closure of the Welbeck Street car park (as seen on the cover of Issue 15 of Umbrella) in London’s West End, Brutal_Architecture Ins... Read more


Habitat 67: Montreal's beautiful 'Legoland' housing estate

Posted on 15 July 2016 at 10:45 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

When we think of 1960s modernist housing we tend to picture high-rise blocks on grim estates, with crumbling exteriors and lifts that don’t work. But some buildings from that period took a very different course. And no more so than Habitat 67, a sprawling ‘legolan... Read more


Mad world: the forgotten housing estates of Paris

Posted on 19 February 2016 at 11:01 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

Post-war housing estates have a bad rep, often justifiably so. Many – especially those in Britain – suffered through a combination of poor materials, a lack of supervision and the damp climate. In continental Europe, on first glance at least, things look better. ... Read more


London's Tower Bridge: incredible photos of its construction

Posted on 29 January 2016 at 12:05 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

Hands up if you thought that Tower Bridge got its name because it has, well, two big towers at either end. Wrong. It actually gets its name from its location by the Tower Of London, where in the 1870s, the Corporation Of London decided another Thames crossing should be built.... Read more


RIk Moran's Flaneur series: street photography in Moscow, London and Athens

Posted on 07 August 2015 at 07:57 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

Rik Moran must burn a lot of shoe leather. While some photographers are content plying their trade from the comfort of a studio ("Can you get us a Nando's, babes?"), Rik follows a differet path – literally. His 'studio' is the urban environment, th... Read more


Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital: incredible photos

Posted on 09 January 2015 at 12:04 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

Until 1954, migrants arriving in America had to register at Ellis Island, the immigration processing centre in New York Harbour. While most would pass through and go on to start new lives, one in ten remained, deemed too unhealthy to proceed further. These unfortunates were pl... Read more


Abandoned Places: The urban exploration of Henk Van Rensenbergen

Posted on 25 July 2014 at 09:18 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

The Abandoned Places photo book series documents the places of work, entertainment, habitation and welfare humans leave behind. To mark its third volume, the series’ author, Belgian pilot-cum-photographer Henk van Rensbergen tells Umbrella what he’s seen on his latest travels, why he ... Read more


From the Pantheon to the Guggenheim Museum: why concrete is fantastic

Posted on 02 May 2014 at 09:35 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

This article featured in Issue Eight of Umbrella For such an ancient material, concrete will forever be associated with the modernist architecture of the 20th Century. Unlike bricks and stone, concrete – that mix of sand, aggregate and water – could be formed into the futuristic s... Read more


Why King's Cross is the most exciting area of London

Posted on 28 March 2014 at 09:17 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

It is one of London’s best known neighbourhoods, yet one that many would struggle to identify. An area that was once a byword for everything that terrifies the casual visitor to the capital – drugs, prostitution, crime, <otherness> – and yet also the place of arr... Read more


The London of a century ago

Posted on 25 October 2013 at 09:30 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

The London of 100 years ago is both different and yet immediately recognisable in this set of "magic lantern" slides, showcased on the brilliant SpitalfieldsLife website. From High Holborn to Farringdon Rd, early 20th century London seems quieter than that of today, though that's pe... Read more


Beautiful building sites of London

Posted on 22 February 2013 at 07:52 by Anthony Teasdale in Architecture

In a city as densly packed as London, it's rare to find open spaces outside of the main parks. One of the only occasions this happens is when one building is replaced with another. Then, we're given a short time to enjoy a new infusion of daylight and perhaps a fresh view, before the scaf... Read more


Q&A with Andrew Blum, author of Tubes: Behind The Scenes At The Internet

Posted on 24 December 2012 at 11:30 by Daniel Nicolson in Architecture

It could be argued that the internet is now the world’s most cherished commodity. But what actually is it? Andrew Blum, author of Tubes: Behind The Scenes At The Internet, lifts the curtain on this magical necessity to reveal a very physical world of c... Read more


Mmm, very Moorish: Granada’s sumptuous Alhambra palace

Posted on 17 September 2012 at 08:40 by Daniel Nicolson in Architecture

The influence of Muslim rule on Spain, whether in its language, culture or architecture, cannot be understated. While we may think of the country today as dry and arid, to the desert-dwelling Arabs who invaded the Iberian peninsula in 711, Al-Andalus (as they called it) was a land of plenty. Here... Read more


Damien Vassart Brilliant Architectural Photography

Posted on 15 November 2011 at 20:33 by Daniel Nicolson in Architecture

Born in 1984, Belgian snapper Vassart has built a reputation for stunning black and white landscapes. These sets, one titled La Defense (the modernist extension to the city of Paris), the other Architecture prove just how talented he is. Find out more at his website. ... Read more

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