Carmine red terracotta tiles cover the facade of a library wing in Nembro, northern Italy, by Genoa-based architecture practice Archea Associati.
The central tax office for the Netherlands is guarded by dragons. They adorn the steel lightwells above an underground building in Apeldoorn designed by Rotterdam-based architecture practice Neutelings Riedijk (icon 031).
Kitsch is a controversial subject. "Sometimes it upsets people," says British designer Nicola Malkin. For decades, the word has been loaded with negativity.

You have to use your imagination, but in a few months this stark serpentine structure will be sheathed in a canopy of foliage and wild flowers.

With a cast of incontinent ladies and apathetic bulls, an exhibition can be theatre, as Rosie Spencer found out.
The Royal Festival Hall is a triumph of post-war architecture, says Gabriel Coxhead. But can Saint Etienne’s tuneful montages of latte-sippers do it justice?

Why can’t Britain put together a decent architecture exhibition? Even a magnificent subject like Zaha gets slapdash treatment, says Tom Dyckhoff

Big-Game is a young design collective that views the world as a "huge playground" but describes itself as "totally modernist".
"The traffic visibly slows down around our house," says a member of the family living in TNA Architects' Ring House in Karuizawa, north of Tokyo.

A winged museum extension News A winged museum extension is Austrian architecture practice Coop Himmelb(l)au's long-awaited American debut.

Guns, cocaine and a pacemakerare among the items that Dutch jewellery designer Ted Noten has used in his latest collection of accessories, Limited Edition.
The inside of a calf was cast to make The Lasting Void, a stool created by London-based designer Julia Lohmann (icon 041).
Rippling steel canopies stand over a traffic junction in a suburb of Antwerp, Belgium.
"There ought to be a monument to the man who invented the neon light," said Raymond Chandler. The mystique and poetry of neon was tapped into by many writers and film directors, and Chandler, as the patron saint of American noir, was leading among them.

This is not just an observation, it's an explanation - it might even be the basis of a methodology.

William Wiles took a rare opportunity to see London through the eyes of an artist.