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

Network: A very digital dilemma

Despite the Tate's snobbish indifference, computer-based art is attracting serious investment, and growing audiences are forcing critics to stop that tittering

The Saturday Essay: Our modern age requires a new definition of beauty

The conventionally ugly can be perceived as beautiful, as shown by the response to some of this century's works of art

Architecture: A new twist in fashion

The V&A's new Spiral opens in 2004, and inside things will get even more warped.

All rise for the superstar architects

The Victoria and Albert Museum's 'Spiral' represents a triumph of image over function. So what else is new?

Visual Arts: It's `The Independent', but not as we know it

In his new exhibition, Richard Wentworth invites us to view everyday objects in a new way. And that includes this newspaper.

Art: Richard Wentworth

The voyeur in all of us will be intrigued by "Thinking Aloud", an exhibition curated by artist Richard Wentworth, which takes a tour through minds as disparate as Disney cartoonists, vacuum-cleaner designers and condom manufacturers. An range of jottings, sketches and models reveals the answers to fascinating questions such as what was on Lloyd George's mind during the signing of the Armistice in 1918? How did Frank Gehry conceive the design for Bilbao's Guggenheim? This inspiring exhibition does raise an uncomfortable thought: even the flimsiest doodle allows others access to the privacy of your own head.

Architecture: Same canvas, new landscape

From sooty brick to glass block, the legacy of LS Lowry finds a new home in post-industrial Salford.

The collector's collector

Her motto was `Buy a picture a day'. Lee Marshall sees some of them, and lots more besides, at the Peggy Guggenheim exhibition in Venice

Classical: World series of classics overflow the Bowl

Under its Finnish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, LA's local orchestra is trying to take its music to the masses.

Letter from Barcelona: 'My fault is that I am an independent artist, not a carpet'

Why the success of the Bilbao Guggenheim worries people in Barcelona; and crisis at the National Theatre of Catalonia. By Justin Webster

Books: Launching rockets

Nonie Niesewand surveys the high times of a master builder

Design: On the crest of a new wave

A funding crisis has sunk the Wave, Lord Rogers' design for the South Bank Centre. Nonie Niesewand looks at its likely replacement by up-and-coming talent Allies and Morrison

Arts: Alvar Aalto rules the waves

revered of them all. By Charles Darwent

Millennial Tensions: Is this Dome thing big enough for the men who can't get it up?

Will the views of practising Satanists be adequately represented in the great Millennium experience that the Dome is set to provide? Will Christianity be illustrated by anything more than a couple of dodgy looking puppets from the film The Jesus Story? Is this structure really big enough to house the male egos that are already having difficulty getting it up?

What Frank Gehry did next

With The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the architect Frank Gehry achieved exactly what its directors asked of him. The most talked about building of the year (right) has captured our imagination and turned the Basque capital into the holiday destination for the end of the millennium. But, according to Gehry, the Guggenheim is a mere sketch of what he had in mind.
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