Peter Wilson explores Caruso St John‘s Bremer Landesbank– featured on our cover – finding references to brick expressionism, gothic revival and Borromini. In our report on retail, Chris Foges visits Acme‘s John Lewis building and car-park and the adjacent arcade at the Victoria Gate development in Leeds. Plus the palazzo-inspired Valentino store on Old Bond Street in London by David Chipperfield Architects and OMA‘s transformation of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice into a department store. Nick Hayhurst applauds Eric Parry Architects‘ new Music School at Brighton College, David Dunster tours Glenn Howells Architects‘ Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum, and our focus on Envelope looks at the mesh screens of the New Science Building at the University of Hertfordshire, by Sheppard Robson. For Patty Hopkins My Kind of Town is the Italian walled city of Lucca, while Carl Turner has continued to learn from a hands-on approach fostered by the Royal College of Art under Nigel Coates.  Will Alsop welcomes a weighty catalogue of Cedric Price‘s work, Douglas Murphy reads Peter Sloterdijk‘s ‘Spheres III:Foams’, and we have a book on the photographer Marcel Gautherot and books from Sergison Bates and Robert Maxwell on themselves. Finally, the exhibition ‘A Sentimental Journey’ shows works by architect-painter Carl Laubin.

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