Oliver Wainwright's new book, Inside North Korea, chronicles the historical evolution of Pyongyang's powerful architecture from its inception in 1953 to today
It became famous for pop-ups, but with new projects such as the barn-like Yardhouse studio and a recent commission for a £2-million art gallery in a converted bathhouse, the east London collective is hitting the big time, says Oliver Wainwright
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the designers of the 2012 Olympic torch, are the UK’s best-known design duo. The self-described “masochists” explain how they design simple things that turn out to be fiendishly difficult to make.
Cor & Asociados has created an iridescent facade for a music centre in a town in Alicante, Spain, and set its cultural heart racing.
These imagined futures for illegal Israeli settlements are beautifully illustrated, but skim the surface of the subject.
Spiralling above the treetops in Gosdorf, at the Austrian border with Slovenia, this observation tower by Munich practice Terrain:Loenhart&Mayr is a high-tech hymn to the staircase.
“It’s like those deep-sea fish with the lamps on their head,” says Matthias Rick, describing German collective Raumlabor Berlin’s travelling pavilion.
Tectonic fragments collide in the valley of Medellín, Colombia, to form an aquatic centre by local practice Paisajes Emergentes.
Balls bounce above a knotted web of bungee cords stretching over a forest of gently swaying columns in New York this summer.
Ancient and modern collide in a temple at Wadeshwar, western India, by Mumbai practice Sameep Padora and Associates.
Museums and schools dominate the shortlist for British architecture’s biggest honour, as David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Rick Mather, DSDHA, dRMM and Theis and Khan square up.
“It’s hard to break a building that is already broken,” says Juan Pablo Corvalán of mischievous South American collective Supersudaca.