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Chinese leader Xi Jinping has reportedly called for an end to “weird architecture” in a country that has seen a huge construction boom. Much of China’s older building stock is made up of Soviet-style concrete blocks, but in recent years property development has played a huge economic role.

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Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Kirkintilloch, Leven, Lochgelly and Maddiston will compete for the dubious honour of winning a prize at the 2014 Carbuncle Awards. The places have been named on the shortlist for the Plook on a Plinth category, which seeks Scotland’s most dismal town.

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Thousands of pounds worth of stolen building equipment, including a 20ft car transporter and 2,000 pieces of scaffolding, has been recovered, thanks to an appeal in a local newspaper. Dundee builder Stephen Mellor requested information in The Courier about his equipment, stolen from his premises two

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Nigel Himsworth, left, with Adam Wright, Ashley Robinson, Adam Booth, Michael Hunt and Darren Fisher A syndicate of six construction workers is celebrating after scooping more than £330,000 in a EuroMillions win the first time they played together.

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A skip company has defended one of its workers after he was filmed driving a lorry with three skips stacked on the back. Alarmed motorists reported seeing the load rocking from side to side, with one driver saying the truck was going so fast its wheels appeared to lift off the ground as it careered

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A construction worker had his hand mauled while working at a big cat sanctuary in Florida, losing a thumb in the encounter. According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesperson, construction work was being done on the site and one of the workers stuck his hand into a cage containing a tiger when th

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A bomb disposal team was scrambled yesterday after historical military explosives were found in a skip near an Ayrshire industrial estate. Officers trained to deal with exploded ordnance rushed to the Loreny Industrial estate in Kilmarnock following the unexplained find.

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A surreal new artwork makes it look as though a 40-foot building in London’s historic Covent Garden Market is floating away. The mind-bending installation by British artist Alex Chinneck uses digital carving and a four-tonne counterweight to make the amazing structure.

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