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The Whitworth Gallery

Kissing At A Distance

Following the recent transformation of The Whitworth Art Gallery, Phil Griffin profiles the structural beauty of this Mancunian institution.

Me, Poppy and the Panda

Me and my car, the car and the city

Phil Griffin ponders the city's, and his own, relationship with cars.

Manchester Central Library - image by Morley Von Sternberg

Great cities need great libraries: a review

Phil Griffin reviews the re-opened Central Library in Manchester - a 'triumph' - and casts a glance at the parallel openings in Birmingham and Liverpool.

Humber Bridge by Angie

Essay: Spanning our expectations; the work of building bridges

In this essay, Phil Griffin takes a journey from Hull to Salford and uncovers the aesthetic, symbolic and very real opportunities that a humble (and not-so-humble) bridge can create.

Tonkin Liu to bridge the Irwell

As the winning design for a new Salford footbridge is announced, Phil Griffin considers what bridging the Irwell could mean for the city.

All Saints Park

Haven in the city: parks and squares

Architectural commentator, urbanist and curator Phil Griffin introduces some of his most engaging pieces of city centre Manchester, with the help of the Urban Sketchers group.