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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Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
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Louis van Gaal would have been impressed with Darren Fletcher’s performance against LA Galaxy during Manchester United’s 7-0 victory
The new dawn heralded by George Osborne has yet to rise
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform