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Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, 2006—2011, Imabari-shi, Ehime, Japan

Japanese architect Toyo Ito wins 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Japanese architect Toyo Ito has won the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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The British firm, led by Lord Foster, designed London landmarks such as the Millennium Bridge and Wembley Stadium, but also built the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation and Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center in Kazakhstan – a de facto dictatorship with a dire human rights record.

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West London toilet-turned-cafe is the latest in a trend for converted conveniences

The 10-storey building called Instacon, built in 48 hours in Chandigarh

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India, China and even the US have put their faith in high-speed construction, says Chris Beanland.

The monument of Walter Scott in Glasgow's George Square

Robert Burns is the topic of heated debate in Glasgow's George Square

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Influential modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer dies aged 104

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Within walking distance of some of west London's finest stretches of parkland is one of its most dismal sections of highway. On a cold, grey day in November, the vicinity of the M4 flyover at Brentford, not far from the mellow, tree-lined avenues of Gunnersbury and Osterley, is a spectacle of shuddering ugliness.

Built by Konstantin Melnikov, the house was used as a studio by his son, Viktor

Moscow's art house goes to ruin

A bitter family row is preventing an iconic piece of Russian architecture from being restored

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China to build world's tallest building - in just 90 days

When completed by the end of next March, Sky City in Changsha will be the tallest skyscraper in the world, standing at 2,749ft (838m) high, over 220 floors. And remarkably, they’ve not started building it yet.

A CGI image of Pinnacle tower at 200 Bishopsgate

Will we ever reach the Pinnacle? Skyscraper boom crashes to earth

As the Shard is still yet to secure its first tenant, additions to London's skylines may now never be built

Arguably Henry Moore’s largest sculpture, Didcot dominates the Thames Valley in south Oxfordshire, and has inspired poets and artists. It could now disappear.

Henry Moore's cooling towers under threat

English Heritage considers listing Didcot power station, once the third most hated site in Britain

The Shard in London (left) and the Mercury Tower in Russia

London's Shard eclipsed as Moscow's Mercury Tower becomes Europe's tallest skyscraper

Mercury City, the tower Russian retail billionaire Igor Kesaev is building in Moscow's new financial district, overtook the Shard in London as Europe's tallest skyscraper.

One of 2012's most talked-about restaurant openings was Shrimpy's, part of The Filling Station

The pop-up buildings that leave a legacy

Carmody Groarke's Filling Station and Frieze pavilions have confirmed its reputation as one of the country's leading architects, says Tim Walker.

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