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On the cover this issue, we have Amanda Levete’s dazzling new Exhibition Road Quarter for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, featuring the world’s first porcelain plaza and an expansive underground exhibition space. Other features in the magazine have a musical note to them; from Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines’ dome-shaped La Seine Musicale on an island in Paris, through Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s upcoming overhaul of an old power station in Moscow, which hosted a series of sonic art installations this summer, to Frank Gehry’s unconventional, elliptical auditorium for the Barenboim-Said Music Academy in Berlin. We also meet Burkina Faso-born architect Francis Kéré at the opening of his bright blue Serpentine Pavilion in London, find out how creative workspace is evolving at Second Home Lisboa, and scale a new luxury residential tower by Daniel Libeskind in Warsaw. Elsewhere, we report from the Norman Foster Foundation, which launched in Madrid with a fascinating forum of architects, designers, architects educationalists and thinkers addressing the future of cities, consider the thought-provoking works on display at this year’s Venice Biennale, and Beirut Design Week, review Tate Modern’s Giacometti retrospective, and tour a series of bothies created for artist residencies in Scotland.