The Chinese artist, architect and curator is a catalytic and eccentric figure. A key collaborator with Herzog & de Meuron in Beijing’s Olympic stadium, he’s also happy to design buildings without ever visiting them – even when they’re down the road.
The Egyptian government wants to copyright the Pyramids. Fed up with the cost of maintaining the world’s most famous landmark, and other antiquities of similar mindbending age and importance, it plans to charge anyone who copies them without permission.
Why does Singapore have a design festival? It’s certainly a popular destination for other countries: the Swedish government has taken over some of the city’s bus shelters to trumpet its national design classics, like ballbearings and Tetra-Pak.
Standing in the sky lounge on the 30th floor of a hotel in Seoul feels a bit like being in Lost in Translation, looking out to a terrain of speeding cars in a city of endless glowing skyscrapers and blinking neon signs.
A U-boat base built by German forces occupying France during the Second World War has been converted into an arts venue by Berlin practice LIN Architects – and topped off by a gift from the German military.
There’s not a lot of green in Seoul. The vivid grass and moss facade of Cho Minsuk’s store for Belgian fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester has a high impact among the chic, polished stores of the exclusive Dosandae-ro shopping district.