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Where do witches come from?

Images of alluring young witches and hideous hags have been around for centuries – but what do they mean? Alastair Sooke investigates.<p>Ask any Western child to draw a witch, and the chances are that he or she will come up with something familiar: most likely a hook-nosed hag wearing a pointy hat, …

Russians shrug off political turmoil to splurge on art

Political turmoil can’t hold Russian collectors back. Despite exhibitions under threat in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russian art sales are buoyant, writes Georgina Adam.<p>The tense political situation in Russia and Ukraine and sanctions imposed by the US Treasury on a number of oligarchs seem likely …

Why we love to hate a villain

In films and TV shows, despicable characters are taking centre stage. Nicholas Barber investigates why we love to hate villains – and what this says about us.<p>From a distance, Maleficent seems like Disney’s most daring film. The company, after all, made its fortune from squeaky-voiced rodents and …

Apple Mac: Still stylish at 30

The compact machine set a new standard for design and ease of use when it was launched in 1984. Jonathan Glancey explains why it’s still a classic.<p>It seemed like sorcery at the time. Here, at last, was a personal computer – complete with screen, keyboard and mouse – that pretty much anyone could …

Eight of the world’s most stunning bridges

From ancient viaducts to modern-day masterpieces, architecture critic Jonathan Glancey chooses the most spectacular structures from around the globe.<p><b>Millau Viaduct</b><p>On days when clouds form in the steep Tarn Valley in the south of France, the immensely high and remarkably slender concrete pylons – …

Maleficent: What do fairy tales really mean?

Maleficent is the latest in a long line of fantasy adaptations. Hephzibah Anderson looks at their dark, sexual messages – and why we’re fascinated by them.<p>Once upon a time, an animation studio known as the Walt Disney Company cast a magical spell, allowing it to seize control of the fairy tale …

Does modern art hate religion?

For centuries, the church was a powerful force that shaped art – but this has changed. Alastair Sooke explores what the future holds.<p>It is often said that art galleries today are the new cathedrals – places that people visit to replenish the spirit in a secular age. But for many centuries, …

Richard Strauss: A reluctant Nazi

Composer Richard Strauss took a prominent post in Hitler’s Germany – but we should not let that ruin our enjoyment of his music, writes Clemency Burton-Hill.<p>“To Richard Strauss, the composer, I take off my hat,” the conductor Arturo Toscanini once famously declared. “To Richard Strauss, the man, I …

Brazilian football in unexpected places

Lina Bo Bardi: Brazil’s best-kept secret

The Italian-born architect’s radical approach to the design of people-friendly buildings in Brazil should receive greater recognition, Jason Farago argues.<p>Like no other country of its size, Brazil has projected its character to the world through modern architecture – the government buildings and …

The story of Buckminster Fuller’s radical geodesic dome

The radical design conceived by inventor Richard Buckminster Fuller was futuristic and influential. Jonathan Glancey salutes a revolutionary structure.<p>For the technically or mathematically minded, a geodesic dome is a spherical structure composed of triangular elements forming part of a network of …

Your Pizza Can Now Be Delivered By A Drone!

IF you live in <b>Mumbai</b> 🙂 The streets are way to crowded in the city to offer fast delivery so <i>Francesco’s Pizzeria</i> is taking this fight to the …

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Brazil’s funk music: Bling as a political statement

A recent music craze in Brazil celebrates conspicuous consumption over social engagement. But it represents the dreams of many, reports Camilla Costa.<p>A 20-year-old MC sings to 5,000 people in a suburban neighbourhood of Campinas, Brazil, near São Paulo. He raps about the pride of being born in the …

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50 years of the Mustang: Design in motion

Ford had specific demands for the car’s designers – it must be inexpensive and fuse European and US virtues. What they created is a true design classic, writes Jonathan Glancey.<p>Few screeching Hollywood car chases have ever been so dramatic. For close to eleven minutes Steve McQueen’s Highland Green …

Travel Website and App Design Concept by Kristian Hay

Wayfarer, a travel & discovery website and app concept.<p>Wayfarer is a hypothetical website and app concept, which provides an all-in-one travel …

Delicate Paper Sculptures Suspended in Mid-Air by Peter Gentenaar | Colossal

<p>From limitations come creativity. It’s an age-old adage that’s been repeated in almost every industry. And it rings true for the Netherland-based …

Quality street: Peabody rolls out the future of affordable housing

Rising above a bend in the railway tracks at Bethnal Green in east London stands something of an architectural anachronism. Front doors pop out from a stately two-storey plinth, clad in bottle-green glazed bricks like a Victorian pub. Inside, there are big flats, with tall ceilings and views in two …

Mind the gap: bridging the creative industry and education divide

Arts education in the UK is at a crossroads. Our creative industries are still the envy of the world and are possibly the last area where we can still genuinely claim to be undisputed market leaders. As Sir Christopher Frayling said last year, this sector contributes almost as much as financial …

Habitat at 50: a new way of living

On 11 May 1964, at 9.30am, a tall oak door opened on the corner of Sloane Avenue and the Fulham Road. The shop inside would become a landmark in the history of the British home – Habitat would revolutionise a generation's way of living. Fifty years later, Kate Currie – who managed the shop with …

Which games don’t need a sequel?

Welcome back to AVQ&A (<i>Gameological</i> edition), where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to …

7 Reasons Why Having A Donkey At Your Wedding Is A Great Idea

Entertaining two different families at your wedding can be hard, and full of potential awkward pauses in conversation. Enter the beer burro. That's …

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The National Average Cost Of A Wedding Is…

Whether you have $100,000, $10,000 or $1,000 to spend, here's how to budget for the wedding of your dreams.

Patatap Turns Your Keyboard Into A Nifty Musical Instrument

This might be the most fun you’ll ever have with your computer keyboard: a new website called Patatap turns the keys of A to Z into a musical instrument-slash-animation kit, letting you escape into trippy private jam sessions. It reminds us of why kids find banging on Tupperware so endlessly …

Client Quotes Posters by Jonathan Quintin

On Another Planet – Poster Collection.<p>If you work as a graphic designer, you probably know most of these quotes from your own clients. Jonathan …

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Who Wants a SHELFIE?

I couldn’t help but chuckle at the name of this wall shelf/bike rack named SHELFIE. What’s unique about the SHELFIE is that it uses the seat of the …

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Everyday Objects Hilariously Redesigned in Ridiculous Ways

At first glance, you might not think twice about a pot with two handles or a chair with a curved seat. But if you actually imagine using any of these products, you may find yourself laughing at the impracticality of it all. Created by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani, <i>The Uncomfortable</i> is an …