A 10-year survey of American design at the Cooper Hewitt, New York, highlights its commercial colours.
The AA brings together the debuts of the starchitects – can it offer any pointers to today’s young practices? Geoff Shearcroft looks for tips.
Cite du design in Saint-Etienne, France, has been completed by Berlin- and Paris-based studio LIN. Part new-build, part renovation, part monument, it provides space for Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design de Saint-Etienne.
Pike Loop, a 22m-long wall at the corner of Pike and Division streets in lower Manhattan, was built on site by a robot called R-O-B, heralding a new era for brick construction.
Is speed an essential quality of the 21st-century museum? If the architect’s job is to oil the wheels of the culture industry, then perhaps it is. With Tate Modern getting 4 million visitors a year, you need to drive the culture-hungry through the pens quickly. But the museum is not traditionally a place of swift passage, it’s one of thoughtful wandering and edifying pauses
Germany’s complex national psyche is explored with paper and scissors in Thomas Demand’s searching show, says Sophie Lovell.
“It’s hard to break a building that is already broken,” says Juan Pablo Corvalán of mischievous South American collective Supersudaca.
“I want the objects to have a very good personality,” says product designer Luca Nichetto of a new collection of vessels called Essence.
With biomimicry and incessant repetition of structural elements the Liège-Guillemins TGV station is trademark Santiago Calatrava. A sweeping roof of massive span rakes out over the surroundings, making this a deeply impressive building.