A horse looking across the Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral in London from a multistorey stable in the 1920s
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The evolution of equine architecture

In the past 500 years stables have gone from timber sheds to grand monuments – and back again

Cutlery in Graft tableware series, by Qiyun Deng

Young design stars show raw talent

Eight recent graduates who have set up their own studios and are making names for themselves

Robin Lane Fox

The plantings along the defunct rail line work in their setting but there is too much grass and too little to brighten the soul
Fermin Calbeton Kalea in San Sebastián’s Old Town
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San Sebastián: Spain’s priciest real estate

Homes on the prestigious seafront avenue of Paseo de Miraconcha average €9,453 per sq metre

Illustration of farming
©Jane Smith

Crops v conservation: farmers’ dilemma

Farmers and environmentalists need to work together to ensure the industry is both productive and ecologically sound

View of Botanic Garden House and Reach, Calcutta, 1829
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How botanical gardens helped build the British Empire

The role of plants in Britain’s colonies – a theme explored in a new BBC radio series on botanical science

Patrick Woodroffe on his houseboat moored in west London
©Rick Pushinsky

Inside the home of lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe

The man who has lit shows for the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga talks about life on the Thames

Six Mile Lake in Ontario, Canada
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Canada’s lake district lures foreign buyers

Muskoka in Ontario is one of the most attractive waterfront locations in North America – and interest is growing

House and Home

Five elegant home conversions

From a riverbank windmill in Connecticut to a French equestrian estate and a former school in rural Ireland

Albina du Boisrouvray in Sion, Switzerland, in front of a picture of her son François-Xavier, who died in a helicopter crash
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Expat lives: mother’s mission to fight poverty

Albina du Boisrouvray talks about her efforts to lift millions out of poverty and the tragedy that drives her

Salesforce Tower

Rising challenge: the ‘Manhattanisation’ of San Francisco

New skyscrapers are set to alter the city’s skyline radically – but the fightback has begun