Architect: Charles Robert Cockerell

Cartographies of the Imagination

Cartographies of the Imagination

By Kirsty Badenoch and Sayan Skandarajah

Drawing place is illusory. Maps may begin as transcriptions of a worldly order – a semblance of truth and objectivity – but in doing so, become acts of world-building that both belong to and are entirely removed from their starting point. In 2019, we first visited Shatwell Farm in the… Read More

Charles Barry: Good and Bad Manners in Architecture

Charles Barry: Good and Bad Manners in Architecture

By David Blissett

Architectural manners are […] known by a quality which money cannot buy, and which can le­nd distinction not only to the greatest building but to the smallest. T. A. Edwards, Good and Bad Manners in Architecture, 1924, Preface, vi. There is often an elegance in architectural simplicity that goes unrecognised… Read More

In the Archive: Edouard Cabay

In the Archive: Edouard Cabay

By Edouard Cabay

Fullscreen version (use your mouse or your finger to interract with Edourad’s selection of drawings on the digital planchest) Hello Niall! I have had many thoughts, and I wanted to try to put a few down here. But there is one that is more pressurizing than the others: are there… Read More

Drawings in Conversation

Drawings in Conversation

By Matthew Wells

C. R. Cockerell, Joseph Gwilt and the Royal Exchange Competition Owing to a faulty gas lamp, on the 10th January 1838 the Royal Exchange in the City of London was destroyed by fire. The loss of the building was seen to be potentially catastrophic for trade in the City and… Read More

Architecture and Geology

Architecture and Geology

By William Mann

What is the relation between the forces that shape buildings and those that shape the earth’s surface? How are the imaginative powers of architects heightened by their knowledge of geological processes? How is their handling of all the cultural, economic and material constraints on their practice enriched by exposure to… Read More