The ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Palmyra, Syria
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How to save historic monuments in peril

As the destruction by Isis rages on, is it time to rethink our ideas about preserving world heritage?

Christian de Portzamparc
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French architect Christian de Portzamparc

The Pritzker Prize-winner is a favourite of skyscraper developers, but his home in Paris is a humble, low-key place


The Sentebale ‘Hope in Vulnerability’ garden by Matt Keightley ©Neil Hepworth/RHS
A look at the top gardens at Chelsea Flower Show, including one commissioned by Prince Harry from last year’s People’s Choice winner
– Robin Lane Fox
The first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929
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Monaco in pole position for buyers

The tiny state may be the most expensive place to buy property in Europe but it is family-friendly and has generous tax breaks

A prototype for the Lowline, a one-acre civic space to be built on the site of a disused trolley car terminal in New York’s Lower East Side
©Cameron Neilson

Growing underground in New York

Beneath a one-acre site in Manhattan, one architect is planning to build the Lowline — the world’s first subterranean park

The £189m Library of Birmingham, which opened in 2013
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Birmingham: one of Europe’s ‘hot’ cities

Britain’s second city has become a magnet for businesses, workers, investors and home buyers

North Hill, a six-bedroom property in Stowe, Vermont

US property: New England’s new groove

Agents say holiday-home buyers in Vermont are returning in larger numbers

Glottiphyllum difforme and Delosperma ecklonis by Everhard Kick, from the Badminton florilegium
©Paul Burns

The heiress who left a horticultural legacy

The life and work of a little-known but remarkably green-fingered 18th-century duchess is celebrated in a new book

Ghost chair

Clear revival for transparent furniture

Curvaceous forms and clean lines have put to bed the 1980s bachelor-pad image of see-through furniture

Medmenham Abbey, Ferry Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, UK, £10m

Upmarket homes with quirky pasts

From a former abbey where the Hell-Fire Club was founded to a Venetian apartment that inspired Ernest Hemingway

Jhumpa Lahiri, pictured beside the fountain in Trastevere, the Roman neighbourhood in which she lives
©Liana Miuccio

Author Jhumpa Lahiri: from the US to Italy

The author explains why she swapped her fast-paced lifestyle in New York for calm and cappuccinos in Rome