Tuesday, 09 August 2011 09:32

Brazilian Design Biennial 2010 Curitiba

Brazil’s flagship design event is sophisticated but a little smug.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 00:00

Patrick Keiller – Robinson in Ruins

Patrick Keiller completes his Robinson trilogy on a despairing note

Published in Review
Monday, 08 August 2011 17:10

A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain

Owen Hatherley’s “autopsy of the urban renaissance” is fearless and funny

Published in Review

Two beautiful books document the construction of Brasília and the life of its inhabitants.

Published in Review
Monday, 08 August 2011 16:30

Dunne & Raby's Future Foragers

Overpopulation could lead to food shortages on a global scale, so design duo Dunne & Raby is imagining a future where people digest food in the same way animals do.

Published in Features
Monday, 08 August 2011 16:15

Emergency training sites

In an age of terror alerts, “preparedness” and paranoia, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, a Los Angeles-based research organisation specialising in human geography, has documented the shadowy, unreal world of southern California’s emergency service training sites.

Published in Features
Monday, 08 August 2011 15:30

Profile: François Roche and R&Sie(n)

The uranium in François Roche’s Venice exhibit was confiscated by police. His practice, R&Sie(n), has been hit hard by the financial crisis. But architecture’s professional outsider is still out to infiltrate and contaminate the world.

Published in Features
Monday, 08 August 2011 15:12

Bunker Shelters

Cold War nuclear paranoia led to a string of entrepreneurs promising to build bunkers for the paying public. Now, in the age of terrorism, ecological meltdown and an approaching Mayan doomsday, one company is building $50,000-a-bed shelters in America and central Europe.

Published in Features
Monday, 08 August 2011 14:57

Profile: Mary Mattingly

The nomads in Mary Mattingly’s post-apocalyptic landscapes carry their homes on their backs. The artist is now putting her high-tech designs into production.

Published in Features

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic was designed to withstand a nuclear bomb and, in the event of apocalypse, act as a Noah’s Ark for plants.

Published in Features
Monday, 08 August 2011 13:02

London Design Festival 2010 Part 2

The seventh London Design Festival kicked off with a rather lacklustre installation of Audi robots in Trafalgar Square by German-Swedish duo Kram/Weisshaar. But the mood picked 
up as the week went on and we found ourselves, as usual, drawn to the smaller, more independent events, showing off what London is best at: new talent.

Published in News
Monday, 08 August 2011 12:42

London Design Festival 2010 Part 1

The seventh London Design Festival kicked off with a rather lacklustre installation of Audi robots in Trafalgar Square by German-Swedish duo Kram/Weisshaar. But the mood picked 
up as the week went on and we found ourselves, as usual, drawn to the smaller, more independent events, showing off what London is best at: new talent.

Published in News
Monday, 08 August 2011 12:27

Lagoa das Furnas by Aires Mateus

A visitor centre by Portuguese architect Aires Mateus is a serene addition to a rugged volcanic crater in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Published in News

Once part of the apparatus of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, a Santiago building is opened up for a democratic Chile – literally.

Published in News
Monday, 08 August 2011 12:08

Sauna by Mjölk

When it found itself short of an idea for a lecture, Czech practice Mjölk decided to spend the evening building something instead. Thirteen hours later, this was the result.

Published in News

A client instructed Japanese architect Eastern Design Office to build a home in which he could die watching the sun rise over the ocean.

Published in News
Monday, 08 August 2011 11:47

Homemade is Best: Ikea Cookbook

A cookbook that is given away free in Ikea stores in Sweden has become an unlikely hit.

Published in News
Monday, 08 August 2011 11:21

Get Out of the Car! by Thom Andersen

Thom Andersen’s nostalgic film about Los Angeles shows the world’s most photographed city with the stagecraft removed, from vanished buildings to billboards faded in the desert sun.

Published in News

Zaha Hadid Architects opens its first school – a zigzagging bridge of glass, concrete and steel. It’s a slice of shining 
Hadid swagger for a deprived part of south London.

Published in News
Monday, 08 August 2011 11:03

The Black Box

It was the death of his father in a plane crash that inspired David Warren to invent the flight data recorder. While it may not be much to look at, it’s a design that’s built to endure.

Published in Icon of the Month
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