The Philharmonie de Paris concert hall by French architect Jean Nouvel
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The problem with building concert halls

As London debates a proposed new music venue, a look at why these buildings are notoriously so expensive

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Yale Center for British Art: ‘A meticulous restoration’

This 1977 building has undergone an almost obsessive renovation

Ron Arad’s ‘Curtain Call’
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Ron Arad: the light fantastic

With three London shows on the go, the artist talks chairs, curves and Oscar Wilde

Doha’s Msheireb: an island of urbanity

The scheme aims to give the sweltering city a cool centre

British seasides are a celebration of the temporary: Punch and Judy booths, fun fairs, beach huts and shellfish stalls
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British by design: the seaside

Part 5 of an FT series that considers the UK’s icons of national identity

oby Jones as Verloc in the new BBC1 adaptation of The Secret Agent. Photograph: BBC

London’s enduring ethos of anything goes

We should reacquaint with history and end the pretence that the city’s openness began in 2003

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British by design: the pub

Part 4 of an FT series on the UK’s icons of national identity

British by Design: the Palace of Westminster
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British by design: the Palace of Westminster

Part 3 of an FT series on the UK’s icons of national identity

A pool house in Biarritz, France, designed by Atelier Delphine Carrère
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Bespoke pool houses make a splash

Whether used as a party room, hideaway or study, a waterside structure is an important adjunct of holiday and country homes

1950s Sanderson fabric

Britain in the Fifties: When austerity gave way to optimism

Design and Aspiration, Compton Verney, UK — review

British by design: the red phone box

Part 2 of an FT series on the UK’s icons of national identity

Architect Rachel Haugh

‘At the start of the recession we lost 95% of our clients overnight’

Stirling Prize shortlist announced

Contenders for architecture award reveal a creeping conservatism

British design: Union Jack and St George flag

FT series looks at icons of UK national identity after Brexit vote

Elizabethan theatre at Château d’Hardelot

The theatre is a model of what can be done with natural materials, theatrical intelligence and cool, fresh air

The people who live in glass houses

Experiments to enclose dwellings within greenhouses are bearing fruit, both literally and in terms of sustainability

Interview: architect Yona Friedman

The 93-year-old innovator who wanted to build a city in the sky

Nuts and bolts of mad dreams

Ove Arup became the enabler, making architects’ ideas and schemes a reality

Riba awards celebrate the grand and blobby

Winners point to a diverse architectural profession in rude health

Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate director

The force behind the museum has been shaping the modern art world for decades