In just ten years, Shanghai has built an astonishing cat’s cradle of downtown elevated highways and overpasses. At night, they shine with blue neon. It’s a sublime spectacle – the architecture of the future.
Marcel Wanders has turned his eye for the decorative on one of the least appealing spectacles of the modern world – the in-flight meal. But does whimsy work at 30,000ft?
We look at the world from the pilot’s point of view, a horizon mediated through a technological bubble.
Never has an architect been so associated with flight as Norman Foster. Here he talks about how he wants to return glamour to air travel, how the Boeing 747 is his favourite work of architecture and how he hopes to be one of Virgin Galactic’s first tourists in space
Philippe Starck has inflicted his special brand of luxury wackiness on a prestigious Paris hotel, turning the Cigar Bar into a bordello and cramming the rooms with personal effects.
Prototypes that combined new ways of seeing with bright execution stole the show at this year’s Belgian Design Biennale.
Àlvaro Leite Siza Vieira’s house for his family in Porto, Portugal, might look modern, but the architect sees it as an experiment in classicism.
5468796 Architecture’s award-winning silver Cube – a dynamic stage and canvas – has ruffled feathers in Winnipeg, Canada.
A retired robot, a graphic novel and a build-it-yourself row boat were some of the highlights of this year’s Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show in October.
To explore the effects of an ancient mystical hallucinogen, Carsten Höller is feeding mushrooms to reindeer and inviting museum visitors to spend the night watching the results.
This complex for a pharmaceuticals company by Àlvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira contains everything from laboratories to a hotel.
Eric Owen Moss wants to inject some verticality into Los Angeles. So he’s built a multi-storey beacon for two developers in Culver City, a fast-regenerating corner of LA’s “enormous horizontal swash”.
Swedish architect Johannes Norlander has created a hexagonal family home that engages with the local landscape.
A sensitive context and a host of technical challenges haven’t prevented Becker Architects from creating a hydroelectricity plant that’s a sculptural delight.
Wally Byam, creator of the streamlined aluminium caravan, imagined armies of travellers spreading peace. The Airstream became the favoured trailer of US military and political power.
My selections are a bit arbitrary in the sense that there’s no common thread – other than the many ways that design, in all its diversity, inspires me.