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Australian Islamic Centre: Glenn Murcutt's 'Magnum opus’Subscription

By Piers Taylor

Glenn Murcutt’s Australian Islamic Centre in Melbourne embraces a rich cultural context

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‘The Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies by Mangera Yvars is a process of continuous learning and enlightenment’Subscription

By Velina Mirincheva

Moira Gemmill shortlist: a university in Doha fluidly wraps around the campus mosque minarets  – a beacon of knowledge and prayer

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M Building Housing, Stéphane Maupin, Paris, FranceSubscription

Highly Commended in the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture, The M Building manages sight-line constraints with panache, creating a village within the city

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Biodiversity Centre by Thomas Garcia Piriz, Loja, Southern SpainSubscription

Piriz commands Spanish soils with an irregular, dramatic insertion-seaming the landscape via an intrepid geometry

The chapel sits  at the apex of the composition and features rammed earth, concrete and a timber soffit

Copalita School and Open Space by 128A Architecture & Urban Design, Huatulco, MexicoSubscription

By Rob Gregory

128A Architecture & Urban Design’s civic centre containing a chapel, school and kindergarten provides vital community space for a popular tourist hotspot. Photography by Alejandro Gutíerrez

Inscribed as a perfect circle in the landscape, the building has the powerful quality of land art

Sports Research Centre by José María Sánchez García, Guijo de Granadilla, Cáceres, SpainSubscription

By Catherine Slessor

José María Sánchez García creates a giant ring hoisted on slim piloti houses research and training facilities for sports professionals. Photography by José María Sánchez García and Roland Halbe

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Engineering Building at Leicester University by Stirling and GowanSubscription

By John Jacobus

John Jacobus examines the Leicester Engineering Building, completed in 1963

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School at Hunstanton, Norfolk, by Alison and Peter SmithsonSubscription

By Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson analyses the influences of Mies van der Rohe on the work of Alison and Peter Smithson.

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Origami Lesson: Swimming Pool in Beaconsfield by Duggan Morris ArchitectsSubscription

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Capped by a delicately folded timber roof, this new school swimming pool reflects the rigour and resourcefulness of its client and architect

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Vienna Six: A Breakdown of the Starchitect CampusSubscription

A closer look at the Vienna University of Economics and Business’ star-studded new campus, featuring projects from Zaha Hadid Architects and CRAB Studio

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School of Architecture, Bond University, Brisbane, Australia, CRAB studioSubscription

By Andrew Mackenzie

Peter Cook’s new school of architecture in Brisbane is a celebratory bricolage of materials and spaces, unified by a socially condensing internal street

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Learning from Lagos: Floating school, Makoko, Nigeria, Kunlé Adeyemi, NLÉSubscription

By Jonathan Glancey

Using local materials and skills, this school in a floating slum is a brave exemplar for a community in dire need, yet the Lagos state government is threatening to demolish it

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The Royal Academy of Arts extension by David Chipperfield, LondonSubscription

By Niall Hobhouse

The Royal Academy and the former Senate House, which have stood back-to-back in sulky animosity for 150 years, are now set to be finally united

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Recycled Brick School, Tongjiang, Jianxi, ChinaSubscription

By reusing bricks collected from the ruins of a previous school, the designers offer an example of true sustainability in a rapidly developing country