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Stair flair

Superseded by elevators in the tall buildings of the 20th century, stairs are once again becoming architectural centrepieces. Tom Vanderbilt looks at the best, from Sydney to San Francisco

Funky cool medinas

Emma Duncan visits a new garden in Morocco which celebrates and subverts the traditions of Islamic design

Flappers in focus

Caught between the first world war and the Great Depression, the jazz age was a period of social transformation. A new exhibition shows how women’s clothes captured the mood