The Norwegian firm, which has offices in Oslo and New York, has built a few libraries, the latest for a university in North Carolina. It's also working on museums at Ground Zero, Lascaux and Dhahran in Saudia Arabia, writes Gwen Webber
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?
Rem Koolhaas’s riot of stacked glass boxes may not be entirely respectful towards its neighbours, but, says Edwin Heathcote, it is one of the most daringly democratic buildings of the early 21st century.
The fantastical maps of Max Gill reveal why the artist was once as well known as his now more famous elder brother, says Isabel Stevens
Makers with Agendas is a new company formed by three designers who want to educate consumers through its designs, photography and research. Julien De Smedt, one of the co-founders, tells us more about his goals.
Ole Scheeren and OMA have teamed up to design a luxury residential block in Singapore that borrows aesthetically from post-war housing’’’
It’s striking how few of the London fashion scene’s enfants terribles are still household names today, says Fatema Ahmed
For Matali Crasset, all design is social. Running through her work – from furniture to hotels to a beach library near Marseille – is a determination to introduce people to new things and to transform their experience of the everyday.
Sukhdev Sandhu welcomes MoMA's first exhibition of sound art, but finds that the genre rings hollow when stripped of context
Charlie Warde's exhibition in Ernö Goldfinger's home both celebrates and also challenges the architect's vision, says Hazel Tsoi-Wiles
Following a long-established tradition, Oxford University's world-renowned Bodleian Library invited the design industry to create a new chair for its readers – a deceptively complex brief that yielded wildly different results from the shortlisted British finalists, Barber Osgerby, AL_A and Matthew Hilton