Area is styled as "an exhibition in a book", its content determined by ten well-known graphic designers who have each chosen ten "rising stars" of the international scene. Christopher Wilson talks to Peter Saville about the book and its place within contemporary design.

Fabio Novembre has completed a hotel in Florence, in the historic district of San Frediano.

Usually, a review of an operating system would tell you all kinds of technical qualifications, specifications and a performance-related run down. This one won't. What it will tell you is something much less useful. The kind of things that technical reviews overlook.

Another year, another round of design shows. But which are the must -see events and, just as important, which have the best parties? We asked globe-trotting design junkie Max Fraser to round up the most prestigious ones, and rate them in terms of quality and fun.

Thomas Heatherwick is playing with a yellow plastic tooth-flossing device. He picked it up at Boots, and he uses it every day. "Flossing is a nightmare of jamming your fingers in your mouth," he says. "Your fingertips go blue. But you only need one hand to use this."

Jacques Herzog's lecture left the London architecture scene in a swoon last month. This was the biggest gig I have ever seen by an architect in London, and Herzog could have packed out the capacious Union Chapel in Islington twice over, judging by the people looking for spare tickets outside, and the queues stretching along the street.

Rafael Moneo has just completed a hospital in Madrid which is a manifestation of his ideas on making legible cities. We look at this project and talk exclusively to last year's RIBA Gold Medal winner about the importance of consistency, history and David Beckham.

Why can't all property developers be like Tom Bloxham?

The ICA is assembling a global network of urban creative types - not just to swap business cards, but to change the world as we know it.