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The new Library of Birmingham, designed by Francine Houben; right, the library interior

First look: Birmingham's new £188m library - a sparkling cornerstone of the city's rebirth

It has more than twice the capacity of its predecessor, and is at the forefront of the city’s latest regeneration

Is this the last hurrah for modern bookish bigness?

The new Library of Birmingham ticks all the boxes as far as so-called landmark architecture is concerned. Designed by Mecanoo, a star international practice. Slightly wild façade. Even more dramatic central atrium, spiralling up through the building. And at the  pinnacle, a golden ark containing the city’s original 1882 Shakespeare archive room.

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Putin says pants to painting: Artist flees Russia as portrait of President in women's underwear confiscated from art gallery

A picture of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women's underwear has been confiscated from an art gallery in St Petersburg ahead of the G20 summit.

Dr George McGavin among the swarms of Red Crabs on Christmas Island.

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How do the rich sleep at night? Very well, according to a major study of British bedtime behaviour

Lots of money is the most effective sleep remedy, new study shows

How do the rich sleep at night? Very well, according to a major study of British bedtime behaviour.

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In truth, the prince has lamentably little influence over what gets built

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Hated buildings are lined up for Carbuncle Cup

It is the prize no one wants to win. Six architectural firms will be sweating this week as they wait to hear on Friday whether their building has won the 2013 Carbuncle Cup, the award bestowed on Britain's ugliest building.

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Testimony given during former Communist Party chief’s trial reveals why his wife murdered Neil Heywood

Richard Rogers versus Prince Charles: Lord Rogers of Riverside claims heir to the throne has right of 'veto' to major developments

Prince Charles has 'veto' over major new developments, claims leading architect

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