How jaw-dropping architecture breathes new life into tired cities

From the Guggenheim in Bilbao to the Angel of the North to Zaha Hadid’s Glasgow Riverside Museum, jaw-dropping architecture and public art has almost magical powers of rejuvenation in run-down urban areas. But does it encourage gentrification and crowd out local artists?

Heard the one about the wooden skyscraper?

The London skyline is becoming increasingly dominated by tall towers made of steel and glass. Now something more extraordinary has been suggested to join the Shard, the Gherkin and even the Cheesegrater: a giant skyscraper made of wood.

How designers could be building better UK prisons

The Government's plans to close Victorian gaols in towns isn't just a chance for urban redevelopment, it's an opportunity to build prisons on a more human scale, with natural light and better facilities. It's happening across Europe, but could a new generation of nicks become the norm here? Oliver Bennett gives his verdict.