Spain’s Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, like many modern airports, is impressive to look at but neglects the comfort of travellers.
Airports in terminal decline
  • Travel
  • April 16, 2016, 03:13

One morning in 1977 Brian Eno, electronica pioneer and former synthesiser player for Roxy Music, was sitting in an airport in Cologne, in what was th(...)

Zaha Hadid: October 31st, 1950-March 31st, 2016. Above, at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, her first major public commission in the Britain. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-British architect whose soaring structures left a mark on skylines and imaginations around the world, and in the process reshape(...)

Louise Kennedy  in her Andrew Martin chair. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

She has dressed presidents, politicians, actors and royalty and created new robes for the judiciary, uniforms for Aer Lingus and even priests’ vestmen(...)

Architect Kunlé Adayemi: his design addresses urbanisation and environment issues

When architect Kunlé Adeyemi designed a floating school in Lagos, Nigeria – which captured global attention – it was a sort of homecoming for h(...)

An artist’s concept image of the stadium planned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The surprise decision to scrap it means it will not be available for Japan’s hosting of  Asia’s first Rugby World Cup in 2019. Photograph: EPA

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe says controversial plans to build a $2 billion (€1.84 billion) new stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be(...)

Paolo Sorrentino’s mesmerizing film La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), which won an Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2014, sparked contr(...)

Enjoy a classic Beijing specialty at Duck de Chine.  Photograph: Adam Dean/The New York Times
Weekend in . . . Beijing
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  • March 21, 2015, 01:30

It seems like only yesterday that Beijing had its much-ballyhooed “coming out” party – the 2008 Summer Olympics – but things don’t slow down much i(...)

Le Loft,  atop the Sofitel in Vienna, has a projection ceiling designed by Pipilotti Rist, which appears to extend into the skyline by virtue of its reflection
Weekend in . . . Vienna
  • Travel
  • February 2, 2015, 08:00

Not quite a century ago, Vienna was downgraded from being the glorious capital of a sprawling empire to the capital of just one country, Austria. W(...)

From left, Miriam Gonzáles Durántez’s red Zara dress (2013); white Vivienne Westwood dress belonging to Shami Chakrabarti; Anne Hidalgo’s black wool Rech Paris suit with white silk blouse and wool scarf, worn the night she was elected mayor of Paris; Camila Batmanghelidjh’s Magbule Mulla cotton dress; Princess Charlene of Monaco’s racing car dress and dove-grey evening dress, both designed by Akris

What do the world’s most powerful women have in common? It’s not necessarily their acumen or intelligence. Often, it’s a distinct physical signifie(...)

An aerial view shows people sitting in formation to the words “Thank You” after Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The ambitious makeover of Tokyo planned in advance of the Olympics has triggered withering criticism. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

Half a century ago, Tokyo engineered one of the great urban transformations of history, going from a beat-up Asian megalopolis to a first-world city. (...)