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Gehry's £290m vision for Hove scrapped

To its supporters, the plan for asymmetric towers on Brighton's seafront designed by Frank Gehry was nothing less than Britain's Guggenheim. Detractors dubbed it Tin Can Alley.

Leading Article: Opportunity lost

The recreation centre and flats planned for the seafront at Hove is not the first major project to fall victim to the financial crisis, and it will surely not be the last. But it is one that is probably more deserving of being mourned more than most. This was to have been Britain's first major building by Frank Gehry. A cluster of towers would have replaced a dilapidated Thirties leisure centre; it would have been a work that was adventurous, and distinctive.

City slicker: Chicago

The Windy City, home of Barack Obama, is gearing itself up for one of the most exciting presidential elections in many years, says Kate Simon

Fresh scandal hits Bilbao's Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, European flagship for the US cultural foundation, is reported to have paid well over the odds for art to fill Frank Gehry's swooping titanium masterpiece.

All aboard for a short ferry break

Avoid the airport crush, take the boat. Kate Simon suggests six sea-worthy trips

Hungary for Change

Budapest swings between exalting its past and moving too quickly towards a westward-leaning future

Thomas Sutcliffe: There's not a moment that can't be wasted

I should have started writing this ages ago, frankly, but I got waylaid by an eye-catching statistic in one of the Sundays. Apparently the distracting electronic ping announcing the arrival of a new email has been calculated to be causing a 0.5 per cent drop in gross domestic product in the United States, at a cost to the economy of some $70bn a year.

Editor-At-Large: Equal in the eyes of God? Not in the Church of England

The howls of protest from conservatives that greeted the vote to allow women bishops contradict Christian teaching

Angles from heaven: Frank Gehry takes on his dream project

The new Serpentine Pavilion will be Frank Gehry's first project in England. Jay Merrick explains why it's a builder's nightmare – and an architect's dream

Guggenheim sues ex-finance boss who admitted stealing £400,000

Spain's cultural world is reeling with shock and dismay after the announcement that Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum is suing its finance director for embezzling €500,000 (£400,000).

The shock of the Nouvel

All modern buildings look the same, the critics claim. Not so, say the judges of the prestigious Pritzker prize who this year have honoured the eclectic work of Jean Nouvel

Museums, marketing and money: the fine art of empire-building

After two controversial decades, Thomas Krens is stepping down as director of the Guggenheim Foundation. He leaves behind a legacy of breathtaking galleries and ruthless commercialism. By David Usborne

Guggenheim lost £4.5m in art sale

The authorities at Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum are facing intense criticism over the botched purchase of a sculpture by Richard Serra that cost millions in public money.

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