The architect Jan Kaplický has died suddenly at the age of 71 when he collapsed walking along a street in Prague hours after the birth of his daughter Johanka by his second wife Eliska Kaplický Fuchsova.
Kaplický may not be familiar to all but anyone from the Midlands owes him a debt of thanks as he was the creator the Selfridges Building in the new Bullring, perhaps the defining symbol of Birmingham today.
The Guardian has a photogallery of some of his work and an appreciation by Steve Rose. There are further tributes on Building Design, including from Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, plus further images of his buildings and biography.
There are many, many more pictures of the Selfridges Building in its own group on Flickr.
— words by Paul
— pictures by Paul & Elizabeth