For this year's CDW Presents, three projects conceived by some of London's most talented designers and architects will be exhibited around Clerkenwell, celebrating the diversity of approaches within each discipline, says Owen Pritchard
Ten storeys high, with gold cladding and neon elevators, Mecanoo's Library of Birmingham is a confident riposte to those who think this building type should go quietly. But does a library lose something when it starts to shout, asks Owen Pritchard?
A television series and an exhibition celebrates the iconoclasts who are now the Establishment, says Owen Pritchard
With its continuous white steel roof plunging and contorting over half a million square metres, Massimiliano Fuksas’s terminal at Shenzhen Bao’an captures both the extraordinary ambition of the southern Chinese city and the sense of wonder of classic airport design, says Owen Pritchard
The diagrammatic facade is the star exhibit at Sergei Tchoban’s archive of architectural drawing in Berlin.
Using the European standard shapes for warnings, Calvert designed the pictorial instructions for road users, referencing what was familiar to her – a cow for livestock crossing, modelled after Patience, her favourite heifer on the family farm; children crossing the road, inspired by her upbringing and including a subtle self-portrait.When Calvert began her career, graphic design didn’t exist as a profession. Six decades later, her work is all around us – from the signs on Britain’s roads to the website for the UK government
The young Finnish designer’s curiosity about materials, and confidence in using them, has already resulted in a diverse portfolio of work.
A series of events aimed at reevaluating the architect's role, asks vital questions, but presents few answers, says Owen Pritchard
Hadid, who recently opened a huge shopping complex in Beijing and launched a sculptural shoe, has had a prolific year. Brand Zaha is now a formidable, swooshing global force.
Elisabeth Blanchet offers a poignant study of the emergency homes that became part of the suburban British landscape, says Owen Pritchard
Haworth Tompkins’ red box on London’s South Bank tests directors and actors in an intimate space and highlights the contrast between temporary and permanent structures.
Angel Borrego Cubero’s wonderfully gossipy film, The Competition, follows five of the world’s most famous architects in apparently hot pursuit of the chance to build the national museum of Andorra. It's a revealing glimpse of life at a big-name practice, from the late-night pizzas to the experience of being shouted at by a Pritzker Prize winner.
The architect’s esoteric collection of objects plays past against present, with ancient Greek pots alongside Sex Pistols magazines. It is a theme she explores in many of her buildings, from Selfridges Birmingham (Icon’s first cover) to the new V&A courtyard
Helsinki architect JKMM’s copper-clad extension to Alvar Aalto’s 1967 library is a bold attempt to move on from the golden age of Finnish design.
Architect Cottrell & Vermeulen has designed two areas for children in a bleak London hospital, bringing colour and joy to the children’s wards.
In a Parisian suburb, Edouard François has reconciled three kinds of local housing – by stacking them one on top of the other.
Nendo’s response to a recent exhibition about sex and design is a series of delicate bowls, which are meant to be touched.
Adrian Smith made his name as a creator of giants: he is the architect responsible for several of the tallest buildings in the world, including Dubai’s 828m Burj Khalifa, and is designing several more. So, what do you do next if you know the sky is the limit?
In his new book, the R&B renaissance man invites us into his world – along with Zaha Hadid, Anna Wintour and Buzz Aldrin. It’s a hard offer to turn down.