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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.

Actress sees off speculation about her appearance in an amazing way

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The last great picture - Winner 'Black and White' and overall 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year'

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High notes, flat performance: Jake Bugg

Review: Despite an uphill climb to see Jake Bugg in action, his performance is notably flat

The Putin automaton will go on sale next month in Germany
videoMusical Putin toy showing him annexing Crimea could sell for millions

Powerful images of strays taken moments before being put down

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London