News Cyclists ride in central London where the proposed SkyCycle routes would be built

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

Architecture: Light, air and PVC

The islands in Alan Parkinson's Archipelago are so entrancing that visitors lie down, curl up and meditate, but they're not allowed to bounce.

British Museum gets new heart of glass

HIGH ABOVE London but invisible from the ground, an extraordinary feat of engineering cranked into gear last week.

Letter: `Efficient' farms

Sir: Norman Foster's claim (letter, 3 August) that privatisation of air-traffic control is not an air-safety issue is a little naive. The airline companies with which he compares the situation have competition to control their financial attitudes and policies. Air traffic control is a virtual monopoly.

Letter: Out of the air

Letter: Out of the air

Bad writing competition: Better dead than read

FOR THE past two weeks I have had the good fortune of having to judge the entries in this newspaper's Worst Fictional First Sentence competition, modelled on the original begun by the San Jose University English faculty. I have been faced with scores of the most repellent openings you could encounter outside a dentist's surgery.

Huge umbrella to shelter Hull's Mediterranean renaissance

HULL, A place that has never allowed its remoteness to confine big ambitions, revealed yesterday it will be building a huge umbrella in its city centre.

Get a handle on stylish living; SHOPPING AND DESIGN

Many of us would love to own a famous architect's creation. You can start with a door handle or a teapot, says Geoff Nicholson

Queen's Birthday Honours: Blairite union leader heads reduced list of awards

TONY BLAIR'S favourite union baron, Ken Jackson, heads a smaller than usual list of political honours announced today.

Foster's curves upset the City

A PLANNING row between the architect Sir Norman Foster and the Corporation of London will come to a head this week when two of Sir Norman's six projects for the Square Mile come before City planners.

Letter: This is no way to protect Kosovars

Sir: The only time a substantial country has been bombed from the air into surrender, the weapons used were nuclear.

People and Business: Bob's temple

WHATEVER WOULD Robert Maxwell have made of it? The old Mirror headquarters at Holborn Circus, which the late tycoon wanted to redevelop as a giant temple to his success, is at last being developed - but for Andersen Consulting. Yesterday Lord Hamlyn, the publisher, bought the building at 33 Holborn. He has planning permission for a "spectacular glass and steel building", costing pounds 135m and designed by Sir Norman Foster, which will provide 320,000 square feet of space for Andersen Consulting.

pounds 20m `bubble' for London's city hall

A SPECTACULAR glass-fronted building overlooking Tower Bridge is to be the pounds 20m new home for London's mayor and assembly.

Architecture & Design: Foster makes an exhibition for himself

Norman Foster's first museum installation reveres the 1930s and the arrival of international modernism.
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

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'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

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Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

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