Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution. (London: Reaktion Books, 2013)

Brazil: Modern Architectures in History, London: Reaktion Books, 2009  

 The Anxious City: English Urbanism at the End of the Twentieth Century, London: Routledge, 2004.

After Modern Sculpture: Art in the United States and Europe, 1965-70, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000


Regenerating Culture and Society: Art, Architecture and Urban Style within the Global Politics of City-Branding with Jonathan Harris (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010).


‘Phallic Architecture’ in Kimmel, M., C. Milrod, and A. Kennedy, Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) pp. 11-13.

‘Brazil’s Brutalism: Past and Future Decay at the FAU-USP’, in M. Crinson and C. Zimmerman (eds.) Neo-Avant-Garde and Postmodern: Postwar Architecture in Britain and Beyond (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010)

‘Architecture and Economies of Violence: São Paulo as Case Study’, in C. Lindner (ed.), Globalization, Violence and the Visual Culture of Cities (London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 17-31.

‘The Future of the Past, or, Contemprary Tendencies’, translation and commentary on original Portuguese article by Ruth Verde Zein, Art in Translation (November 2009)

‘Sexuality and Urban Design’, Urban Design, 109 (Winter 2009), pp. 28-29.

‘Espaço público e cultura pública: teoria, prática e problemas’, in T. Coelho (ed.) A cultura pela cidade (São Paulo: Editora Iluminuras Ltda, 2008), pp. 33-49

‘Public Space: Designing-in Community’, in D. Clements, A. Donald, M. Earnshaw, A. Williams, The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated (London: Pluto Press, 2008)

‘Brasília’ Superquadras’, Docomomo, 39 (September 2008), pp. 30-5.

‘Brasília After Brasília’, Progress in Planning, 67 (2007) pp. 301-66.

‘Brasília depois de Brasília’, Arquitextos, 083 (April 2007)

‘Towards an Aesthetics of Poverty: Architecture and the Neo-Avant-Garde in 1960s Brazil’, David Hopkins (ed.) The Neo-Avant Garde (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007) pp. 197-229.

‘Where is Edinburgh?’ in Morag Bain (ed.) The Northern City (Between Light and Dark) (Glasgow: Lighthouse, 2006) pp. 97-104.

Review of Nikolaus Pevsner on Art and Architecture: The Radio Talks, Pevsner Architectural Guides: Manchester, and The Buildings of England, London 6: Westminster, Visual Culture in Britain, 7, 1 (2006) pp. 117-22.

‘Informe and Anti-Form’ in Andrew Hussey (ed.) The Beast at Heaven’s Gate: Georges Bataille and the Art of Transgression (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006) pp. 143-54.

‘Modernist Civic Space’, Journal of Urban History, 32, 1 (November 2005) pp. 120-137.

‘The Limits of Non-Plan: Architecture and the Avant-Garde’ in D. Scheunemann (ed.) Avant-Garde/Neo-Avant-Garde,  Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005, pp. 283-95.

‘Surreal City: The Case of Brasília’ in T. Mical (ed.) Architecture and Surrealism, London: Routledge, 2004, pp. 234-48.

‘Architecture and Visual Culture’ in M. Rampley (Ed.) Exploring Visual Culture: Definitions, Concepts, Contexts, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2004, pp. 102-16.

‘Remembering, Forgetting, and the Industrial Gallery Space” in M. Crinson (ed.) Urban Memory: History and Amnesia in the Modern City,  London: Routledge, 2004, pp. 121-44.

‘The Rotting Sack of Humanism’ in Michael Corris (ed.), Conceptual Art: Theory, Myth and Practice, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 169-86.

‘Sculpture’s Anxieties’, The Sculpture Journal VIII (October 2002) pp. 4-11. ‘Apocalypse or Abstraction? The photographs of Morris’s Threadwaste’, The Sculpture Journal (October 2001)

Ten essays on contemporary British art and architecture in Mike Storry (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Contemporary British Culture, London: Routledge, 1999

‘Rethinking Architecture?’,(review article) Art History, 22, 1 (March 1999), pp. 131-6.

‘The Krazy Kat Problem’, Art History, 20, 1 (March 1997), pp. 168-74.

‘Representing Architecture: The British Architectural Press in the 1960s’, Journal of Design History, 9, 4 (1996), pp. 285-96.


‘Nathan Coley – Highland Remix’ in Edinburgh International Festival, The Enlightenments (Edinburgh: EIF, 2009), pp. 8-9.

‘Serious Fun’, in Fiona Bradley (ed.), Alex Hartley: Not Part of Your World, Edinburgh: Fruitmarket Gallery, 2007, pp. 73-121.

‘Anything is Possible’, introduction to Simon Grennan (ed.), Life is Good in Manchester: The Annual Programme 1995-2000, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2001, pp. 7-15.

‘Gary Perkins: Getting it Wrong’ in Museo Cantonale d’Arte Lugano, Fragile, 1997, unpaginated


‘How To Make A Skyscraper Invisible’, Foreign Policy (19 December 2014)

‘Designs for a Life of Pleasure’, Times Higher (16 October 2014), p. 54.

‘Building Brasília: the Southern Hemisphere’s Moon Landing’, The Conversation (8 July 2014)

‘Edinburgh’s Arrested Development’Times Higher (6 March 2014)

‘Where are architecture’s Bravehearts’Building Design (21 February 2014)

‘Could Zurich’s ‘sex boxes’ could have a role beyond prostitution?’Building Design (30 August 2013)

‘Sex in Architecture’, MAP (6 August 2013)

‘Can architecture improve our sex lives?’, Aeon magazine, (June 2013)

‘Scotch This Plan’, Foreign Policy (13 February 2013)

‘The Architect of the Future that Never Was’, Foreign Policy (11 December 2012)

‘Space for Sale’, Blueprint 300 (March 2011) pp. 50-5

Review of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, Blueprint 303 (June 2011), p. 79

‘No Ordinary Ruin’, Blueprint 299 (February 2011)

Review of Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner, Map, 18 (Summer 2009), pp. 80-1.

Review of Venice Architecture Biennale, The Guerrilla Speaks (April 2009):

Review of Hayward Gallery, Psycho Buildings, Map, 15 (Autumn 2008), p. 70.

‘Niemeyer in Brasília’, Blueprint, 263 (February 2008), pp. 34-9.

Review of Jane Rendell, Art and Architecture: A Place Between, Architect’s Journal (27 September 2007), p. 47.

‘Paulo Mendes da Rocha’, Blueprint, 251 (February 2007) pp. 36-42.

‘The Case for Multiple Cities’, The Scotsman (2 December 2006) Critique, p. 6.

Review of Reiach and Hall Arts Faculty Building, St. Andrews, Architect’s Journal, 17, 224 (9 November 2006) pp. 25-35.

‘Ahead in the Clouds’, Frieze, 102 (October 2006) pp. 30-1.

‘The Airbus A380’, Blueprint, 247 (September 2006) p. 42.

‘This Charming Manchester’, Blueprint, 246 (September 2006) p. 29

Review of Mike Davis Planet of Slums, Blueprint, 245 (August 2006) p. 77.

‘Tropicália: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture’, Map 6 (Summer 2006) p. 58.

‘Brazil’s Not-So-Hot Tropics’, Blueprint, 242 (May 2006) p. 111.

‘Sculpture in Brazil’, Architect’s Journal (9 March 2006) p. 61.

‘End of Time: Hiroshi Sugimoto’, Map  5 (Spring 2006) p. 55.

‘The Modernist Ruin’, Prospect 121 (March 2006) pp. 29-31.

‘Unbuckle that Belt’, Civic Focus, 53 (Winter 2005-6) p. 5.

‘From Brasília to Alphaville’, Map,  4 (Winter 2005) pp. 36-9.

‘26th Bienal de São Paulo’, Map, 1 (Spring 2005) pp. 50-1.

‘Hélio Oiticica’, Map, 2 (Summer 2005) pp. 46-7.

‘Behave!’ The Art Book, 10, 4 September 2003) pp. 21-3.

‘Heavy Metal’ The Art Book (October 2001) pp. 9-11.

‘Vast book, big practice’  The Art Book, 8, 3 (June 2001), pp. 3-5.

‘Cut Felt: Robert Morris interviewed by Richard J. Williams’, Art Monthly, 208 (July-August 1997), pp. 7-10.

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  1. Dear Mr. Williams,

    I have tried to track down your interview with Robert Morris, which appeared in the July-August 1997 issue of Art Monthly, to no avail. The magazine’s offerings of back issues goes only to the early 200s. Is there anyplace on line where I could find this interview?

    Thank you,
    Carter Ratcliff

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