Shelly McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, of Grafton Architects: their appointment as curators of next year’s Venice Biennale of architecture feels like a major step. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Avenida de Miraflores 14, Puerta de Hierro, Madrid, by Francisco de Asís Cabrero Torres-Quevedo (1961-62). Photograph: Francisco de Asís Cabrero Torres-Quevedo

One of the attractions of reading the property pages is the opportunity it gives us, even those of us not house hunting, to have a snoop around(...)