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The tech giants are getting architectural – but their plans are big, not clever

In Miami, even the car parks are interesting

Frank Gehry's New World Center is the latest example of culture regenerating Miami's streets

Parisian residents halt Gehry building

A strange sense of architectural déjà vu has gripped the French capital. Parisians, who in their day loathed the Eiffel Tower, the Pompidou Centre and the Louvre Pyramid, are campaigning once again to defeat a revolutionary new building.

Cultural desert: Will Abu Dhabi censor its new museums?

The world's leading architects are building museums in Abu Dhabi as the emirate pours a fortune into trying to become one of the art capitals of the world. But will the works inside be censored?

V&A brings the spirit of Bilbao to Dundee

Dundee might not be the first place you'd think to open a new cultural institution. Paris, yes, Venice, definitely, but not Dundee, home of marmalade, Dennis the Menace, and little else.

Watch a selection of videos from the Guggenheim/YouTube shortlist

125 videos have been shortlisted by New York's Guggenheim Museum and YouTube for 'YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video', a survey of notable work in the ever-expanding world of online video. On 21 October, up to 20 videos from this list will be selected by a panel of experts to be presented at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and at simultaneous presentations in Berlin, Bilbao and Venice.

YouTube: great for an exhibition, but is it art?

Online videos go on show in the Guggenheim, writes David Usborne

My Secret Life: Herb Alpert, musician, 75

My parents were ... pretty brave. My father was born in Russia. He came to New York alone, on a ship, around 1916, escaping the nasty things going on there. He couldn't speak a word of English, but little by little he built himself up. He met my mother, became a tailor, and over the years brought his entire family over to America to join him.

Spanish secrets uncorked: The delights of Rioja are ripe for discovery by wine-lovers and foodies alike

Most hotels pride themselves on the view from the window, but at the Hotel Viura, in northern Spain's Rioja region, guests are just as likely to walk out of the door to gaze back at the building itself. It was inspired by a bunch of grapes, but there are no curved lines in sight. Imagine the grapes as rendered by Picasso after a few glasses of Tempranillo and you'd be closer to the higgledy-piggledy collection of cubes that make up the front of this new hotel.

Frank Gehry: 'Don't call me a starchitect'

Is there any future for extravagant, 'wow-factor' buildings? According to the world's most famous living architect there is – and he has a few more home truths for doubters. As a show celebrates Frank Gehry's career, Michael Day gets an earful

Modernism: The Lure of Heresy, By Peter Gay

Starting with Baudelaire as the founder of modernism, Gay gives an absorbing account of how international artistic rebellion became mainstream and lucrative.

Basques of the net: Bilbao's iconic football team

Forget the Guggenheim: it's Bilbao's iconic football team that really stirs the pride of locals, says Will Hawkes

The priceless Peggy Guggenheim

In just eight years, Peggy Guggenheim changed the face of 20th-century art – and her life, both public and intimate, was as radical as her collection. John Walsh salutes a true original

Green serene: How the spectacular new grounds at a unique refuge ar helping cancer patients

Maggie's Centre in Dundee had the UK's first Frank Gehry building, and finally it has a spectacular garden to go with it. Gehry was commissioned almost a decade ago, and his folded metal roof sits atop a little white house. It looks almost like a gingerbread cottage sat on the side of the Firth of Tay, overlooking the water and the hills.

Set sail and see three European countries in eight days

You don't have to go to the Caribbean to try a cruise. Ian White took a short break around the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain

Rhapsody in blue: Is Jean Nouvel's new concert hall the best in the world?

You couldn't hear a pin drop. In the world's newest concert hall, the faintest whir of air-conditioning intrudes. Here, where the quality of silence is as crucial as the reverberation times of sound waves, measured in critical fractions of a second, some would say this was a fatal crime against purity. But in this strange building, this vaporous blue cube set on a blasted heath in one of Copenhagen's rare urban dead-spots, it turns out that purity itself would have been the real crime.

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