Shenzhen is probably the biggest city you’ve never heard of. Thirty years ago it didn’t exist. Today it has a population estimated at 13 million – nearly two Londons.

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.

Few people know Chinese design like Beijing-based curator, blogger and commentator Ou Ning.
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.
Sam Jacob visits the temple of automotive dreams, an impossibly shiny world where Bryan Adams is still credible.
Martin Pawley should have practised what he preached, says Edwin Heathcote.
Era-defining images and masses of micro oddities... Emily King enters the realm of the OMA co-founder.
This electric shaver looks like a Star Wars weapon. But can it tackle the final frontier, Justin McGuirk’s face?
Will Self inhales a bit of Situationism, wanders around and looks at all things liminal. I want some, says William Wiles
Neon veins and arteries mysteriously appear and disappear from two 11m-long arms stretching across the front of the Wellcome Trust on Euston Road, London, by local designer Paul Cocksedge.

Terminal 5 has arrived and is home to a series of artworks by Troika, El Ultimo Grito, Christopher Pearson and Oona Culley.

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.
Urbanirony is a collection of graffiti punctuation in the Polish town of Wroclaw by artist and designer Truth.
Designed for Driade, Novembre’s silver-plated platters are copies of Italian squares.
London-based designer Alkalay showed this blue, polished version of his rickety two-legged cabinet.
Ehrenfeld, an industrial wasteland on the outskirts, was being hyped as the city’s “incubating centre”, but trawling through the area on a dark January afternoon wasn’t too enlightening.
In the D3 showcase was a wax light shade by German designers Kayser and Metzner.
This foam rug, decorated with life-size cakes, sweets and muffins, was also shown at D3.
London-based designer Mer showed her Volume chairs made from folded sheets of patterned wallpaper.
WOW doesn’t take things too seriously. “If you try too hard you never get a happy ending,”
A glimpse into the future of Twickenham car parks and Point-to-Points across the land was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January.
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.

More chip shop than office, the new London base of Dutch communications agency KesselsKramer, designed by FAT, is decorated with white tiles and steel counters.