Contest raises question ‘What is design?’

Competition mixes mean cocktail of strange and overhyped

The Royal Academy's north-facing entrance, Burlington Gardens
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Royal Academy plans £50m redevelopment

Scheme will add exhibition galleries and lecture theatre

The interior of the new contemporary art and design wing of the Corning Museum of Glass
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Corning Museum of Glass opens new wing

Structure explores the material’s relationship with light

LONDON - JUNE 10: Members of the public mark their votes at a polling station on June 10, 2004 in London, England. British voters are heading to the polls in the European and local elections which are likely to be the last test of public opinion before the general election next year. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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The architecture of democracy

How the British polling booth has stood the test of time

The new Australian pavilion in Venice, designed by Denton Corker Marshall
©John Gollings

Australia’s radical black box in Venice

The first new Giardini pavilion for 20 years

‘Study for a Mural’ (c1951-1953), by Louis Khan
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Architectural drawings at Hauser & Wirth

Vibrant sketches from the greatest names of the 20th century

The restored Model Room at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, with the Pompeii model on its original ‘cake stand’ display
©Michael Bodiam

Sir John Soane’s Model Room

An architectural trove of masterpieces in miniature, the architect’s house has been lovingly restored

The Sizewell B nuclear power plant in Suffolk, England
©Harry Cory Wright

Atomic architecture’s mission invisible

Edwin Heathcote on our changing attitudes to nuclear energy

Bodleian Library: The David Reading Room
©Ben Bisek for Wilkinson Eyre Architects

New chapter begins for Oxford’s Bodleian

One of the biggest libraries rebuilt at cost of £78m

Alexander Brodsky surrounded by concrete plinths on which models of his work are displayed at Ambika P3 in London
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Alexander Brodsky builds the impossible

The architect on conceiving projects as fairy tales — and then making them real

China Guardian Auctions building rises

The headquarters of the Chinese auction house is a celebration of the emerging hybrid nature of what art space has become

Frank Gehry building reinvents campus

Sydney architecture aims to change the way students work

Whitworth Art Gallery reopens

In praise of bricks and mortar: Manchester’s fine Edwardian institution has had an intelligent makeover

Reinventing the ruins of St Peter’s seminary

Can a derelict modernist landmark to the west of Glasgow be saved?

Quirky East End survivor under threat

Battle begins to save London’s best architectural joke

The Wellcome Collection Reading Room

A facelift for the home of one of London’s most quirky yet accessible collections of treasures

What could be wrong with Garden Bridge over Thames?

Edwin Heathcote questions newly approved, privately run landmark

Renzo Piano’s revamp of the Harvard Art Museums

The makeover is long overdue but has the architect gone far enough?

A dark past, handled with sensitivity

The ECB helped create a memorial to Jews beneath its new HQ

Towers that cast a shadow on New York

The city’s latest high-rise homes highlight its inequality, writes Edwin Heathcote