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What the Marble Arch Mound architects did next: a skyscraper shaped like Albania’s national hero

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With his distinctive aquiline nose and magnificent flowing beard, Albania’s national hero, Skanderbeg, has long been a familiar presence in the country’s streets and squares. The 7ft warrior king known as the Dragon o...

Is Thomas Heatherwick’s Tree of Trees the new Marble Arch Mound?

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When is a tree not a tree? When it’s the Tree of Trees, a 21-metre-high steel storage rack of saplings, designed by Thomas Heatherwick. The designer’s latest abuse of natural metaphors now looms on the street corner o...

London’s Marble Arch Mound attraction to close this weekend

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Marble Arch Mound, the scaffolding-and-turf urban peak that stood 25m tall, came with a £6m price tag and claimed the scalp of Westminster council’s deputy leader, will close on Sunday. The widely mocked Mound promise...

Marble Arch Mound: call to review ‘culture of complacency’ at council

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Councillors have called for an independent review of a “culture of complacency” at a flagship Tory-run council that ran up a £3m overspend on a much-derided new visitor attraction in London’s West End labelled “Teletu...

Marble Arch Mound: deputy council leader resigns over £6m cost

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The deputy leader of a London council has resigned after the total costs for a 25-metre human-made mountain in the middle of one of the capital’s busiest tourist areas nearly doubled to £6m. Refunds were offered to cu...

Why the Marble Arch Mound is a slippery slope to nowhere

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The Torre Guinigi in Lucca, Italy, is a brick medieval tower – it’s handsome, but of a type common enough in historic Tuscan cities. What makes it special is a grove of holm oaks growing from its summit. Trees come wi...