Life and Style Only 3.4 per cent of the Solihull area is covered by housing

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The house that Gabrielle built

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Architecture: Few and far between

Only a tiny proportion of architects are women, but their work reveals a huge range of talent, as a new exhibition at the RIBA shows.

Female architects build on success

When Jane Drew, the brilliant British architect of the Modern Movement, graduated as an architectural student in 1929 no one would give her a job.

Letter: How Labour should build the green city of the future

Sir: The maiden speech by Lord Rogers ("Labour peer Rogers sets out his vision for an urban revolution", 21 May) was well timed to ride the crest of the wave of Labour's reforming initial surge. He focused on the social, health and amenity benefits of urban regeneration, especially in London.

Riba's portals rocked by plot to oust chief

Revolution is stirring behind the handsome portals of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Some members of Riba, which represents one of Britain's most civilised professions, are plotting to oust their director-general in a coup.

Too important for politics

What do the electioneering parties offer for architecture? Not very much at all, says Jonathan Glancey

Call for 200,000 new homes

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Into the year 2000 with a bang

Should we dynamite the worst of British buildings? Nicholas Roe thinks so, and eight architects tell him what would head their list of the country's greatest eyesores

Obituary: Ralph Tubbs

Ralph Tubbs was just 39 when he designed the Dome of Discovery as the centrepiece of the South Bank site of the 1951 Festival of Britain, a building that established his reputation and for which he would be famous for the rest of his life.

Woman aims to smash the architects' glass ceiling

Maggie O'Farrell meets Clare Frankl, who wants to be president of Riba

Letter: Sterile scheme for Whitehall

Sterile scheme for Whitehall

Blots on the city landscape destroy lives, says Gummer

John Gummer, the Secretary of State for the Environment, yesterday attacked urban eyesores, which had, he said, ``destroyed the lives of a very large number of people''.

street talk

`I will not be doing any more competition- chairing after this one; it's been interesting, but I've had enough.'

Architects on a roll at the coast

Architectural awards are normally given to dignified, workable, elegant and even beautiful buildings.

Letter : Light up the millennium

Sir: Peter Smith of the Royal Institute of British Architects (letters, 14 August) urges the Millennium Commission to encourage energy saving in the projects it supports and raises concern about light pollution.
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