Secrets behind the world's great buildings
Updated 1325 GMT (2125 HKT) October 26, 2016
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- The Royal Institute of British Architects will be awarding the first RIBA International Prize in November 2016
- The grand jury will draw upon lessons from centuries of great architecture as it chooses its building of the year
This is the first in a series of special features ahead of the inaugural RIBA International Prize for the world's best building, announced on November 24. Jonathan Glancey is a British architecture critic and author.
(CNN)Celebrated 20th century German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said architecture began when two bricks were put together well. This might sound simplistic, yet Mies was right -- architecture is the self-conscious act of building, not just with common sense but also with artistry.