The rehang of the New York museum’s design and architecture galleries presents a subversive and revisionist view of history.
A utopian, new urbanist “encyclodictionary” is useful and engaging in parts, but fails to address what cities are actually like.
William Wiles is disturbed and impressed by a show that frees the ideology of hallucination from its tie-dye chains.
Synthetic biologist Dr Rachel Armstrong has designed an artificial cell programmed to form a limestone reef that would shore up the crumbling foundations of Venice. Could these microscopic agents succeed where the might of civil engineering has so far failed?
Dion has long been fascinated by cabinets of curiosities – collections of oddities that formed the basis for many modern museums.
From claustrophobic, alien dystopias to baroque pads for Cold War villains, the world beneath the waves has long been reimagined by film-makers, video game designers and architects.
David Chipperfield’s ice-cool Turner Contemporary is a symbol of calm and order, quietly resisting the pounding waves of the North Sea and drawing in the light from Margate’s stormy skies. Which is a small miracle, given the troubled history of the project.
The earthquake on 11 March revealed how easily the fragile networks of buildings, communications and people that make up the modern city can be pulled apart. Now, in the Japanese capital, ghostly symbols warn of electricity shortages and the street lights and neon signs seldom come on.
Behind the animated facade of the Dutch practice’s Galleria Centercity lies an unusual hybrid: a department store and cultural centre.
Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi’s chair is based on the designers’ belief that the body is a machine for movement.
French designer Elise Gabriel’s furniture uses a cellulose-based material that shrinks unpredictably, dictating the finished form.
An apartment building by Los Angeles architect Neil Denari grows from a small plot to lean out over the extended High Line park.
Koen van Velsen’s rehabilitation centre near Arnhem blends in with the surrounding forest to bring patients as close to nature as possible.
A conference centre has been squeezed into a cramped site in the heart of the Swedish capital and covered with a delicate steel veil.
For a recent installation at the V&A, design duo Martin Postler and Ian Ferguson used images and objects from their own archives to create a modern-day cabinet of curiosities.
Tadao Ando designed this exposed concrete house on a Sri Lankan cliff-top without visiting the dramatic site.
Paris architect Stéphane Maupin’s “workers’ palace” for the city’s transport maintenance teams is part helicopter, part submarine.
Hawkins Brown’s Northamptonshire town hall and arts centre is defiantly not an “icon” – its design is all about its Tardis-like interior.