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Five things to do today: 4 December

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Floating islands - Capitol punishment - extending bookcase - Lawrence Speck - play to create


SEE these intiguing 'floating' island sculptures, populated by toy figures (pictured): 'isolated pieces of land that look like they were wrenched from the earth by some force of nature, are floating through nowhere.'


READ the Wall Street Journal's review of the new visitor centre below the Capitol in Washington that will host three million tourists a year: 'A banal exercise in modernistic, ersatz classicism'.


CHECK OUT this excellent extending bookcase from Rotterdam-based designer Reinier de Jong.


DISCOVER why Lawrence Speck believes 'the narrow, politicised ivory towers of yesterday have been replaced by architecture schools that value diversity of thought and practice'.


UNCOVER 'the powerful link between creativity and play' in this video from innovation and design firm IDEO.

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