from the magazine

Photo Essay: after four decades of military dictatorship, Myanmar is taking faltering steps towards democracy. Simon Willis spoke to the photographer Matthias Messmer about capturing a country with a complicated present and a murky future

With the Scottish referendum in the air, the inhabitants of Eigg are in high spirits. Kathleen Jamie visits and takes a shower by starlight

Every month, hundreds in north Africa and the Middle East leave by boat to seek new lives in Europe. But many vanish without trace. Caroline Moorehead meets the mothers of the disappeared

Short Read: for his classical-music highlight Michael Church picks Richard Eyre's gentle update of "The Marriage of Figaro" in New York

Theme of the week...Design

If hotels used to mimic wealthy homes, now the ideal home looks like a hotel. Matthew Sweet reports—and starts by getting a hotelier round to inspect his place

Around the world Kathryn Gustafson is feted as a leading landscape architect. But in Britain she is still the woman behind a much-derided memorial to Princess Diana. Michael Watts meets her

Man in a Suit: Rupert Blanchard, an upcycling furniture-maker, tells Georgia Grimond about his passion for materials

Today Zaha Hadid is an award-winning architect, designing Tokyo's stadium for the 2020 Olympics and Qatar's for the 2022 World Cup. Six years ago, we published a profile by Jonathan Meades saying, "The world is waking up to her"