A retrospective of the work of the Italian collective Superstudio looks at how they took the logic of modernist rationalism to its absurd end. But how serious were they?
Slowly, the scaffolding cocoon that dominates Birmingham's Bull Ring is being removed to reveal a building unlike anything that has been seen before. This is the new £60 million Selfridges department store - a project that will finally establish its designers Future Systems as a practice that builds extraordinary buildings, rather than one that merely dreams about them.
Rafael Moneo is, with characteristic modesty, explaining how he felt on adding the Royal Gold Medal to the haul of awards he has received in his distinguished career. "I am tremendously honoured and quite aware of what it means for the British community to win this award," he says, in his eloquent but heavily accented English.