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

Will Norman Foster and Anthony Caro cross the Thames in a blaze of glory?

The Millennium Bridge, from St Paul's to the Tate at Bankside, would be a wondrous sight and a wondrous walk. It would also be the first Norman Foster work to have a dramatic presence in London.

Television Review: Last Night

"One point three million people in Britain are earning their living in the building trade," said Stewart Brand, "a large number of them fighting the forces of decay." Not one of them is dug in on the neglected front of my rotting bathroom windowsill, despite repeated attempts at recruitment, which is perhaps why I watched "The Romance of Maintenance" - last night's instalment of How Buildings Learn (BBC2) - with a certain uneasy fixation. That slightly unlikely title introduced a half-hour cadenza on the theme of "spoiling the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar", reminding me that if I didn't act soon, hearth and home would eventually crumble to dust.

Heston tribute to airmen

Thousands of American war veterans braved the rain yesterday to watch the Queen open a military museum built in tribute to US airmen who have served Britain over the past 80 years.

Rebirth of a Roman city

Nimes, a dull, dusty provincial town until 20 years ago, has been revived by a partnership between Sir Norman Foster, architect, and mayor Bousquet, head of a fashion house.

Fly away home

You might not expect Norman Foster to leap at the chance to design a giant aircraft hangar. But the American Air Museum was his idea of a dream job. By Nonie Niesewand. Photographs by Brian Harris

Scots say a Scot must build new parliament building

Scottish architects have urged the Government to commission a home-grown building as home of the new Edinburgh parliament building - the most prestigious and symbolic edifice to be built in the country for at least a hundred years.

Letter: Spitalfields site is a closed shop

Sir: Can Jonathan Glancey ( 9 May) really believe that Sir Norman Foster's proposed Liffe (London International Financial Futures Exchange) buildings - a "financial behemoth" on a Spitalfields site as large as the Royal Albert Hall - will conjure up the spirit of the old fruit and veg halls or that a "testosterone-driven" trading floor is a street market "in only slightly different dress"?

From fruit to futures

Spitalfields Market will be trading in lucre alongside the lettuces when a magnificent new development designed by Sir Norman Foster is completed.

Going in style

The Victorians liked them grand, but modern buildings are often let down by cheap lavatories. At the new Tate at the Bankside, however, they think it's worth spending a penny or two, says Jonathan Glancey

Changing the world - of fashion, at least

Despite hysterics, Katharine Hamnett's new collection will take to the catwalk tonight. Interview by Shane Watson. Photograph by Ben Elwes

Letter: High policy

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Foster's tower vision fades

Sir Norman Foster's vision of a 1,265ft Millennium Tower on the site of the bomb-damaged Baltic Exchange in the City of London all but evaporated yesterday when English Heritage joined opponents of the glass skyscraper. The tower, which would be Europe's tallest building, was such a "quantum leap" in scale, height and bulk, that it would overwhelm the character of the capital, said Sir Jocelyn Stevens, chairman of English Heritage.

Prize misjudgement

Annus horribilis: This was the year in which Zaha Hadid's great design for Cardiff Opera House was finally killed, despite the fact that she won an open competition. By Jonathan Glancey

Tax threat to City trophies

Budget measure to close a VAT loophole on office space puts Millennium Tower at risk

Letter: Prophet of doom for a top-heavy City

Sir: City worthies and captains of industry are uniting to warn us of the threat to London as a hub of the financial universe if Britain eschews the European single currency. But is there not another, more subversive, reason for disquiet about the future of our venerable capital?
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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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