20th-century system living, but it doesn’t.There are few chances today to write about social housing. Architecturally speaking, this is the age of the museum and the corporate icon.
Pandering to oligarchs and creating glass corporate towers, luxury hotel suites or vast concrete monoliths are strictly excluded from this Russian artist-turned-architect's oeuvre.
The new building of the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL) has been built around the frame of a place that made hessian sacks and has kept its industrial feel - huge open spaces, bare walls, concrete floors, exposed services.

What do you use Sellotape for? Doctors use it to detect bacteria around the perineum, and to trap head lice. In fact, one doctor used Sellotape, along with brandy, a water bottle and a coat hanger, to save the life of a woman who suffered a collapsed lung on an international flight.

Wieki Somers and Bertjan Pot live round the corner from each other on the leafy outskirts of Rotterdam. Fellow graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven, they like to bounce ideas off each other and share lunch every now and then. They work intuitively, favouring trial and error over sterile conceptualism. But while Somers works like a lab technician, Pot is more concerned with surfaces and beauty.

I walk a lot, and I’m always noticing random things. London’s a wonderful place for that. This photo essay follows a route I picked. It’s not exactly a secret London, just one I like to keep noticing.
"It's just a tiny little line," says Code Arkitekter's Marte Danbolt of the Oslo-based practice's walkway, which runs alongside a large mountain range on the coast of Senja, an island in the far north of Norway.
Blown-up textbook illustrations decorate two workspaces of the ROC professional training school in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
Konstantin Grcic has reinvented the classic plastic cantilever chair. Half of the 4mm-thin chair is made up of holes, yet the net-like structure can support a weight of 500kg without shattering.
"Gentle" is how Alexander Schwarz, design director of David Chipperfield’s Berlin studio, describes the impact of Am Kupfergraben 10 on its historic surroundings.
Covent Garden Super Design was a new five-day event that ran concurrently with Frieze Art Fair in October, showing work by Zaha Hadid, Arik Levy, Tom Dixon and Studio Job, among others.
“Higher forces” was the theme for Hussein Chalayan’s 2008 Spring/Summer collection. The clothes are adorned with moving laser beams, a feat made possible by the expertise of London-based designer Moritz Waldemeyer.
A blustery runway created by vacuum-cleaner designer James Dyson showed off Issey Miyake’s new collection in October. Dyson installed five giant hoses blowing air across the Paris catwalk for Miyake’s Spring/Summer collection, called The Wind.
Home hero is a lightweight, 18-inch fire extinguisher designed to sit on kitchen surfaces, where 34 per cent of home fires start.
Post A Phone, the work of British design consultancy Priestman Goode, is a slender, light telephone that can be sent through the mail.
Designblok, Prague’s annual design week held in October, is a collection of design and fashion events hosted across 75 showrooms, institutions and studios dotted around the Czech capital.
I walk a lot, and I’m always noticing random things. London’s a wonderful place for that. This photo essay follows a route I picked. It’s not exactly a secret London, just one I like to keep noticing.
The Norwegians may have been navel-gazing, but it made for a surprisingly refreshing architecture triennale.
William Wiles explores a literary analysis of urban visual overload.
Sam Jacob finds a hallucinogenic, nostalgic portal to another world. So what if it's for toddlers.
A combination of lo-fi and wi-fi had William Wiles musing on the lives of strangers in the city.
Uppsala has 100 choirs, but until now no concert hall. It took the Swedish town 25 years to summon the will to build the Concert and Congress Hall, now completed by Danish architect Henning Larsen after a competition that attracted more than 160 entries.