Walking tall: Hastings pier wins the Stirling architecture prize

By Oliver Wainwright

Nicknamed The Plank, De Rijke Marsh Morgan's stark wooden wonder – using timber reclaimed from previous fires – was praised for changing ‘the idea of what architecture is'

‘This pier,” said the Earl of Granville, when he opened Hastings Pier in 1872, “appears to me to be a peerless pier – a pier without a peer – except, perhaps, the unfortunate peer who is now addressing you.” Now, 145 years on, after a chequered life of spectacular fires and reincarnations of mixed success, Hastings Pier has once again been declared peerless – as the winner of the 2017 RIBA Stirling prize for the best building in the UK.

The structure is a far cry from the elaborate confection that impressed the Earl, a classic piece of seaside Victoriana designed by pier supremo Eugenius Birch, encrusted with twinkling lights and crowned with a Moorish pavilion. Instead, visitors to the seaside town are greeted by a stark wooden deck thrust out over the sea. Nicknamed The Plank, it eschews the usual kiss-me-quick seaside clutter (plenty of which can be found further along the beach), in favour of a neutral platform to host a range of different activities. Well supplied with electricity and other services, it is a blank canvas for the lively programme of bouncy castles, carousels and concerts. When not in festive mode, it is a powerful expanse, a place that is free to enter where you can hover above the water, inhale the sea air and take in the epic views.

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Crikey Worm: Manus at boiling point

By Max Chalmers

Good morning, early birds. Tensions mount on Manus Island as asylum seekers refuse to leave the detention centre, and yet another senator has been identified as a potential dual citizen. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

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'It's hurting everyone': the truth about sexual misconduct in the art world

By Nadja Sayej

A string of accusations against Artforum publisher Knight Landesman is seen by many as a vital tipping point within an industry that's rife with misogyny

He is being called the Harvey Weinstein of the art world. Artforum magazine publisher Knight Landesman, 67, has been accused of sexual misconduct from nine younger women who have stepped forward, which caused him to resign last week.

It all started with New York curator Amanda Schmitt, who worked at the magazine in 2009, when she was just 21, singled out for “unwanted sexual attention.” Schmitt has now filed a lawsuit and her actions have led to a raft of accusations from other women including artist Tiril Hasselknippe, who said Landesman took an interest in her artwork before making advances, and art writer Valerie Werder, who claims Landesman asked her explicit questions about her love life, before introducing her to industry contacts. The women have reported public groping, explicit text messages and requests for kisses and back rubs.

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Six Day London - in pictures

By Guardian Staff

With the Six Day of London cycling event returning to capital for the third consecutive year since it was revived in 2015, it was an ideal chance for freelance photographer and track cycling rider/coach Sam Holden to combine his two passions with a visit to the velodrome at the Lee Valley VeloPark

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Stags, zombies and grindcore: the new wave of gothic art – in pictures

Forget trenchcoats and black eyeliner. Gothic art has a rich history beyond the cliches. Faye Dowling's The Book of Black tells its story – and introduces a new generation of devotees, from artists and graphic designers to tattooists

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Rundle: how the sop of ‘recognition’ forces Indigenous people to beg

By Guy Rundle

There appears to be an imbalance built into this whole recognition process. It looks like a process that confers power on Indigenous people, but, in a curious way, it does the opposite.

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Razer: social media managers seem convinced we are idiots

By Helen Razer

Why do so many social media accounts of so many serious institutions talk to us as though we prefer our institutions or politicians “humanised” and served in the way of a soft drink?

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‘The very definition of a good old fashioned reporter’: remembering Ben Sandilands

By Sally Whyte

The veteran journalist's career spanned more than half a century.

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