What is Marije Vogelzang? “I think I’ve got it, you’re a visual artist,” says chef Michael Smith, Canada’s answer to Jamie Oliver. “Actually, I think of myself as a story artist,” says Vogelzang.
Video ethnography has been called reality TV for the boardroom. The researchers who wield the cameras are masters of the ambivalent art of people watching.
This is a place that doesn’t exist. It’s not just a hole in the ground, it’s a hole in the imagination. There’s a local railway station, but you can’t travel there. There’s a local landmark, but it isn’t built yet.

“We don’t use numberslike 1,3,5,7,” says Swiss architect Peter Märkli. “We prefer 2, 4, 8, 16 and things like that.”

Across China, brash buildings are poking skylines and remaking cities in the distorted image of the West. But a four-day excursion from Beijing – almost as far as you can go without leaving the country – is the Apple Elementary School.
It was expensive, wasteful and unreproducible. The Polaroid image has been consigned to history – the factories that produce the film are being shut down as there is simply not enough demand.
I like alternatives to official things – options. And that applies to my work; I don’t like the bureaucracy that comes with officialdom.
Clay Ketter was inspired to create Gulf Coast Slabs by a photograph that appeared in Time magazine shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the southern USA in 2005. Instead of showing the flooded city of New Orleans, this image portrayed another devastated, burning community, and the exposed floor slabs of homes that had been, quite literally, blown away by the storm.

Designers routinely lay claim to avant-garde status by asserting that their work is grounded on “new technologies”. This, they suggest, sets them apart from those hopeless fogies who are content to rely upon “old technologies”.

The Design Museum could be seen to be making a point in changing its award scheme from Designer of the Year to the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year

Nature, structure and elemental beauty... the needle is stuck on Cecil Balmond’s record, finds Beatrice Galilee.
Boundaries – everyone knows that the entire purpose of art is to smash them down. And these days the boundary that separates art from design is most people’s favourite target.
Style and substance are at odds in this ode to northern Europe, but it’s juicy TV, finds William Wiles.
I come not to bury Argos but to praise it. I’m a big fan. I had an argument at home recently when my girlfriend suggested throwing out my Argos catalogue collection. I was outraged.

A white forest in a grey field, Junya Ishigami’s university project space in the foothills west of Tokyo is a building designed to almost disappear.

“We did it in our lunch break,” confesses Alvin Huang, who designed the winning entry for the C-Space pavilion on Bedford Square while working full time at Future Systems with his colleague Alan Dempsey.

On the roof of a car park in Hong Kong, in the shadow of Norman Foster’s HSBC building and IM Pei’s Bank of China, sits Chanel’s latest publicity ruse, the snake-like Mobile Art Container.

Cabbage Chair is made from a roll of pleated paper sheets. Designed by Japanese collective Nendo, the sheets are peeled down from the top of the roll, one by one, to form the chair.
“It’s the most ordinary building,” says Stan Allen of his practice’s extraordinary chapel just outside Manila, in the centre of the Philippines.
The return of the decorative arts was the unavoidable story of this year’s Milan furniture fair.
Barnacle and Harpon 321 are one-off pieces by British designer Stuart Haygarth, made for the Oxford Street windows of department store Selfridges.
A 7.5m tower of shopping carts rises from the centre of the latest Comme des Garçons guerrilla store, in Los Angeles.

Tomás Gabzdil Libertiny has always been fascinated with making things, and the methods behind their making. Disassembling objects and piecing them back together was a common pastime during his childhood in Slovakia.

Raw squid and mackerel stew were on the menu at Martino Gamper’s Total Trattoria dinner in the Aram Gallery in March.
One of the most dangerous places on the planet has been the focus of an intensive rehabilitation programme, symbolised by a monumental library, cultural centre and public park
Stanley Donwood is taking a break from being Radiohead’s official artist to make an enormous limited-edition print for the St Bride Foundation, just off Fleet Street in London.

Design Indaba, held in Cape Town every February, is the only design conference of its kind. Covering design in the most inclusive sense, there’s no theme; it’s just three days of people simply talking about what they do.

The “global stethoscope” is a concept developed by professor Shinichi Takemura, a media designer and cultural anthropologist at Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Away from all the talk, we saw the first results of a scheme that was launched at last year’s Design Indaba. The 10x10 project is channelling the ideas and expertise of the international speakers into the problem of affordable housing in South Africa.