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The proposed plans - designed to improve safety for cyclists - would cost over £200m

Norman Foster: A reputation built to last

A film about Norman Foster has made its debut in Berlin. The architect makes for a gripping subject, says Geoffrey Macnab

Celebrating architecture as a 'social art'

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Observations: Dallas opera – without the soap

The word Dallas triggers two default visions: the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza, and the credits sequence of Dallas, the big daddy of television soaps. Decades later, the city still carries the same look of an arbitrary eruption of glass and steel towers rising from an almost featureless tabula rasa. But now, something big and red created by Sir Norman Foster and his design director, Spencer de Grey, has given Dallas a bold new cultural signifier.

Foster turns his hand to timeshare luxury yacht

He is the visionary behind some of the world's most avant-garde buildings, including the Swiss Re "Gherkin" in the City of London and New York's Hearst Tower. Now, Sir Norman Foster has turned to boat design, creating four 134ft luxury yachts to tempt the super-rich.

How green are my valleys

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Architects recreate landmarks for jelly design competition

The London Festival of Architecture – which began on the 20 June – will climax in a competition in which 10 of the world’s most famous buildings will be recreated in jelly.

Ahead of the herd: Norman Foster redesigns the elephant house at a Denmark zoo

Norman Foster, the world's most celebrated hi-tech architect – the Sultan of Seamlessness, so to speak – has just completed an elephant house at Copenhagen Zoo that is not just low-tech but, to an almost shocking degree, earthy in its materiality. If this building had been designed by masters of architectural texture and surface such as Herzog and de Meuron, or Peter Zumthor, that quality would have been a given. The fact that Foster + Partners created this tough and strangely pre-eroded domain is a bolt from the blue. In its way, the elephant house may be as seminal for the practice as the black glass amoeba in Ipswich, known as the Willis Faber building, was in 1974.

The king's new court: Norman Foster is taking on the home of America's national collection

The poet Walt Whitman described the former United States Patent Building – the scene of Abraham Lincoln's inaugural ball – as "the noblest of Washington buildings". So when Norman Foster set about renovating its courtyard – it is now the Smithsonian Institute and houses the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery – he was determined to preserve the historical integrity of the building, while bringing the space back to life.

On Ads: Who will be the black cab drivers bogeyman, now Kens come good?

How does Ken do it? At a recent Editorial Intelligence panel discussion on the London mayoral context clever commentariat panellists ranged from left to right, smart Cass Business School setting four of the six people on the platform seemed to be supporting Ken. Or at least thinking he was inevitable and the least worst devil you know. And they were dissing Boris: the right-wingers were saying he wasn't one for close work, and the lefties that he was offensive to minorities.

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Revealed: the secret tunnels under the 'Red Square Hilton'

Developers demolishing a vast Soviet-era hotel believe they have unearthed a nuclear bunker built for the party top brass

Me And My Home: A sixth sense for space

Mary Wilson talks to Sabiha Foster about books, black walnut and birdsong

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There are more opera houses being built now than at any time since the late 19th century. Adrian Mourby explains why
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