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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.

The Ten Best: Kettles

DESIGN & INTERIORS: Are you sitting comfortably?

The Cube in Manchester celebrates a century of seating design with a fascinating new exhibition. Albert Hill pulls up a chair
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Former helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake will become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years
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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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