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'Twenty-first Century London' by Kenneth Powell (Merrell £19.95)

With the help of 650 stunning photographs, this book admires the finest architectural projects seen in London over the last decade. It not only includes landmarks such as Norman Foster's 'Gherkin', but also many smaller projects such as private homes and offices. An ideal read for anyone planning to take part in London's architectural showcase Open House this weekend.

BFI: A modern marvel with countless features

The BFI’s sleek new film store proves that concrete can be both practical and strikingly beautiful, says Jay Merrick

BBC's new home is named worst building in UK

Major buildings by three of Britain's most prestigious architectural practices have been declared to be vile blots on the landscape. And one of them, the BBC's £600m MediaCityUK in Salford, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, has had to take the ultimate shame of winning the 2011 Carbuncle Cup awarded by Building Design magazine.

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Would you dare to look down on Blackpool?

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