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The year in pictures

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MAN AT THE TOP: the new government created a 'superministry' incorporating environment and transport - and put Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in charge of it. He moved into the new department's epr-designed offices in Victoria. But the future of the old buildings in Marsham Street has yet to be decided

SCHOOL PRIZE: Michael Wilford picked up the Stirling Prize for the music school in Stuttgart (above) - as the practice's first City of London building, at No 1 Poultry, neared completion, also to designs initiated by the late James Stirling

LEGGING IT: a giant blow-up marked the riba's 'Portable Architecture' exhibition - its most successful show of the year

TALL STOREYS: Sir Norman Foster's Frankfurt tower, the tallest in Europe, was completed for Commerzbank. But his plans for one even taller in the City of London came to nothing after heated debate

STRUCTURAL IMPACT: two very different buildings hit the headlines in Glasgow and London. Above, Sir Norman Foster's Scottish Conference Centre; left, Colin St John Wilson's British Library at St Pancras, the first part of which opened in November - long overdue

US CONNECTION: Richard Meier's Getty Centre, above, opened in la. Norman Foster's American Air Force Museum in Duxford, right, hit the spot

GREENHOUSE EFFECT: Nick Grimshaw's Eden Project mega-structure, left, was one of several of his designs to win lottery backing

PATERNOSTER LIFT: Sir William Whitfield sorted out Paternoster Square (probably) with a masterplan based on 'back to ground level'

BASKING IN GLORY: Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was the sensation of the year. He is now tipped for the riba Gold Medal in 1998

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