The Journal

The Right Angle is family of media – print, online and social – dedicated to the discussion of the built environment. Some of this environment has been created by architects and designers and some has not. Some of it works well and is a joy to experience. Some of it doesn’t, and isn’t.

Each issue of The Right Angle Journal is built on a single theme that bears somehow on the built environment, with special emphasis on the appreciation of the everyday, ordinary things that fall outside the scope of other professional journals. We also seek out important work in other fields – creative, scientific and academic – that might normally escape the notice of building practitioners. And, of course, we value anything that helps to narrow the gap between architects and the general public.

Beyond the theme of each issue, the journal includes regular features dealing with specific topics of interest to professionals and non-professionals. Examples are: cultural developments; drawing, sketching and environmental art; research and technology; architectural fiction and creative nonfiction; environmental sustainability; and Places, which happens also to be the theme of our first issue.


In this issue of our journal we ask what constitutes a beautiful building? 

We take an inclusive view of the subject, presenting opinions that are both objective and subjective. We think it’s an important discussion to have right now because so much of public opinion revolves around the relative aesthetic merits of architecture. The practice, study and appreciation of architecture in the early 21st century has become so complicated that in the public realm, the discussion has been confined to one basic subject: how does the building look? Is it beautiful, or ugly, or not worth commenting on