Tokyo's design week is hugely popular with the European design community. But why? Few designers launch products here - they do that in Milan or Cologne - and the jetlag is crippling.

Santiago Calatrava is standing five feet away from me, but between us are 20 photographers, three camera crews and around 70 local, national and international journalists.
Oxford Street fills me with dread, as though something terrible is about to happen.

Towering over the crossroads between Covent Garden, Soho and Bloomsbury, the slender concrete lattice of Centre Point has, for the 40 years since its completion, been a beacon, helping to navigate merry wayfarers through the West End on a Friday night.

FAT has designed a restaurant at Heal’s on London’s Tottenham Court Road. Called Meals, the Oliver Peyton-run restaurant, on the first floor of the furniture store, is an ironic woodland fantasy.

On the edge of a car park in East Fife stands Zaha Hadid’s first building in the UK.

A new generation of designers is moving beyond traditional product and furniture design, and using technology to enrich the way people interact with objects and spaces.

Rip Curl Canyon was a temporary installation by Los Angeles-based architecture practice Ball-Nogues.

A major new show of recent work by Japanese architect Toyo Ito (interview, icon 032) has opened at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.