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It isn’t hard to find an architect who will tell you that vast swathes of the British urban landscape are ugly, grey and unappealing – nor would you struggle to find people who agreed with them. But could it be that the look and the layout of our cities is actually bad for our health?

The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) is to celebrate the work of Richard Rogers, among others

High and mighty: A major new exhibition will show how UK architects changed post-war building design around the world

The show will include coverage of recent projects such as Lord Foster's Reichstag building in Berlin and Lord Rogers' work on Madrid-Barajas Airport

Alain de Botton: 'We need a Jamie Oliver of architecture because architecture is now where food was 20 years ago'

We need a Jamie Oliver of architecture to save us from uninspiring design says Living Architecture founder Alain de Botton

We get what we deserve when it comes to the uninspiring buildings devoid of design in which many of us live and work, according to a panel  member of the first government-commissioned review into architecture in more than a decade.

The conversation: Grammy-award winning singer Angélique Kidjo on African resilience, her own made-up language and dining with Vampire Weekend

"Growing up, if I didn’t understand the language, I’d make my own"

The FAT collective (left to right): Sean Griffiths, Charles Holland and Sam Jacob

FAT’s all folks: Architecture’s biggest jokers sign off in style

The London-based design collective which has stuck two fingers up at the modernists will call it quits at Venice

Astley Castle harbours a holiday home within its ruins

Stirling Prize 2013: Astley Castle in Warwickshire wins architecture award

Royal Institute of British Architects commends 'exceptional' redesign of ancient monument, which is now a holiday home

The living space in new homes has fallen by more than one-third since the 1920s

'Rabbit hutch' housing to be curbed by Government

The living space in new homes has fallen by more than one-third since the 1920s

Zaha Hadid, architect

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Another award? Another honour?

Galaxy Soho building in Beijing by Zaha Hadid

Architect Zaha Hadid accused of 'destruction' of Beijing old town with futuristic swirling shopping centre Galaxy Soho

A Chinese heritage group has accused the architect Zaha Hadid of “destroying” Beijing’s old town after a futuristic new development created by her practice was honoured with a top award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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RIBA's Stirling Prize: For architecture's biggest gong, small is beautiful in 2013

The shortlist for the Stirling Prize is admirable, says Jay Merrick – it’s just a shame that designers of excellent but ordinary buildings are ignored

RMJM's 1,299ft Gazprom tower in St. Petersburg is designed to look like a twirling gas flame

Leaked emails reveal turmoil at top of architects behind Europe’s tallest tower

Managing director quits amid investigation into alleged failure to pay staff and creditors

Letters: Pessimism about our planet's future

These letters appear in the Monday 1st April edition of The Independent

Air apparent: Pan Am at JFK

Designed for the Jet Age

Britain's airport heritage has been sadly neglected, says Chris Beanland, but in New York mid-century gems have been rescued for future generations

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National inquiry suggests UK housing revolution could be easy to fund

300,000 extra homes could be built in the UK every year without an extra penny of Government spending or debt, claims new report

Be careful where you hang your coat: Offset mortgages only work for some - do your sums first

300,000 extra homes need to be built every year to curb housing crisis, urges report

The UK needs a threefold increase in the number of new homes to help end the “blight” of poor housing, a report has concluded.

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