An architect has brought us perilously close to a world where morgues tower upwards

Brave new world: Traditional classrooms, lessons - and even homework - have been expelled

Tony Blair's vision of academies as innovative and free from state control became a reality last week.

Tin Pan Alley faces demolition

The original Tin Pan Alley – the half-a-dozen Manhattan houses at the heart of the golden age of American songwriting – is under threat. A group of New Yorkers is fighting to save them, but their efforts may not be enough.

Boy dies in fall the day before collecting grades

A 16-year-old boy fell to his death from a block of flats in east London the day before he was due to collect his GCSE results. Police are investigating reports that Ahmed Benyermak was being chased by a gang of masked youths when he fell from the seventh floor of the 13-storey building in Hackney.

Gang chases teenager to 100ft death fall

A teenager who fell to his death from a block of flats was trying to escape a gang of masked youths by climbing down the outside of the building, police said today.

Sanchez snatches gold after baffling his rivals

For all his look of disbelief as he secured Spain's first gold medal of the 2008 Olympics, a major win was long overdue for Samuel Sanchez, who completed the 245km road race in 6hr 23min 49sec, beating Italy's Davide Rebellin in a sprint finish.

No grass? No problem. Potted gardens are cool

For many small house and flat dwellers, an expanse of lawn is a distant dream, but glorious greenery is possible in even the tiniest space. Emma Townshend shows how

Last Night's TV: Fallout, Channel 4

The word "fallout" is casual currency these days. It gets used to refer to the consequences of any action or situation, consequences that aren't necessarily serious, or even negative. Roy Williams may have been thinking of the word in that colloquial sense when he used Fallout as the title of his 2003 play about the aftermath of a stabbing, now brought to your television set as part of Channel 4's season on street crime. But if that was all the meaning he was interested in, he could just as well have called it "Aftermath" or "Consequences". I suspect that what he had in mind was the more precise original definition: the radioactive dust that descends after a nuclear explosion. A murder such as the one depicted here is a kind of Ground Zero; and afterwards the poison settles all around, contaminating the lives of everyone it touches.

Nouvel tower to challenge power of 'old Paris'

The axis of greater Paris will swing several kilometres to the west over the next five years with the creation of a "Manhattan-sur-Seine" of mega tower blocks on the city's boundary.

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Hitchcock meets 'The Office' in a triumph of technology over dialogue: With the audience out on a terrace and actors in a real building across the way, at least one passer-by, thinking the action is real, has called 999. This is a wonderful experiment, but it could push boundaries beyond the pale

Car choice: The high-rise and compact answer for the less than flexibly limbed

Michael Kaliszer would like to get a car for his ageing parents who now have a 1995 Toyota Corolla 1600. His father has a bad hip and has difficulty getting in and out of cars, as indeed does Michael, so the car should have high seats. Mainly for city driving, the car should also be smallish, reliable, quiet and automatic.

Pedro Zaragoza: Developer of high-rise Benidorm

Pedro Zaragoza invented Benidorm as Europe's first mass tourist resort, and faced excommunication from the Catholic Church for introducing the bikini to Spanish beaches. But he won Francisco Franco's blessing, and in the depths of the dictatorship, this engaging operator arguably brought more sunshine and fun into the lives of ordinary folk than anyone else in Spain.

Angel House, New Wolsey, Ipswich

Sad dads are in abundance in this drama of West Indian immigrant life in a tower block whose presiding spirit seems to be Lucifer.

Uncovering secret city allotments

Emma Townshend finally lays claim to her new allotment, and visits an exhibition exploring the strange allure of these unexpected urban oases

Performance in Paris persuades Henry to sign for four more years

The youngsters in the team, the fans, the manager and even London itself - Thierry Henry claimed yesterday that they were all factors in his decision to stay at Arsenal, but it was not, he insisted, about the money. The Premiership's most celebrated player finally brought an official end to more than a year of doubt over his future by pledging to stay at Arsenal for the rest of his playing career.

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