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`Bug-eyed' Lord's press centre wins top design prize

THE GLASS-EYED, bulbous press centre set on a stalk above Lord's cricket ground was awarded the prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture last night .

Architecture: A beauty contest with heart and soul

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Rare opportunity to view

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Letter: Plea for design

Sir: I applaud the desire of Marco Goldschmied, the new president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, to convince us all of the importance of good design ("A fresh facade for British architecture", 22 March). I fear, however, that his words echo those of former presidents over the past decade.

Architecture: A fresh facade for British architecture

The new president of Riba is keen to celebrate the history of buildings, and to convince us all of the importance of good design. By Nonie Niesewand

The Lord's building site

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Architecture: Reinventing Bexhill-on-Sea

Win a prize, design a bandstand. Niall McLaughlin did. By Nonie Niesewand

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Property: Architect's brownfield of dreams

The house that John built is a shining example of how derelict land can be exploited.

Architecture: Foster and his flying machine

Pitted against the British Library, the American Air Museum won Norman Foster the Stirling Prize.

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