Watchtowers, drones and a toxic moat: the designs for Trump’s border wall

Some proposals for Trump’s border wall may look like spoofs, but they provide a fascinating window into the lurid anxieties of middle America

Australia’s street art mecca: Powerhouse Geelong – in pictures

Over the past six months, Powerhouse Geelong in Victoria, Australia, has been transformed by the creative endeavours of more than 350 street artists. The 3,000sqm building, which sits on six acres facing Corio Bay, has been empty since it was abandoned 45 years ago. The six-storey-high walls, industrial staircases, windows and rooms have lately become aContinue reading “Australia’s street art mecca: Powerhouse Geelong – in pictures”

Kharkiv’s Derzhprom: Europe’s first skyscraper complex – a history of cities in 50 buildings

Opened in 1928, this underappreciated Soviet masterpiece was a precursor to brutalism – three decades before the term was coined

Take it to the bridge: the Tehran architect striking the right chord in Iran and beyond

Leila Araghian was 26 when she came up with Tabiat bridge. Five years on, the 270-metre structure is a reality, despite sanctions, garnering awards and paving the way for a new, more avant garde generation of Iranian designers

Brick by brick: the building blocks of civilisation – in pictures

The humble brick is celebrated in these images that showcase some of the startling creations made possible by this most mundane of materials – from desert pyramids to ancient minarets, modernist masterpieces and trompe l’oeil Americana

Matthias Jung’s surreal homes – in pictures

German graphic designer Matthias Jung first constructed “surreal homes” as a boy, using scissors and glue in his father’s photo lab. In January, he resurrected this childhood project and created a series of dreamlike and structurally impossible collages with Photoshop. “Working with this program is a bit like overcoming reality,” he says. “If something goes wrongContinue reading “Matthias Jung’s surreal homes – in pictures”

A glimpse into the future of city halls?

Malmö’s crowd-sourced living room aims to break down walls between communities and power, harking back hundreds of years to a time when squares, piazzas and market places fostered community and nurtured civic debate

Feast your eyes – 10 of the world’s coolest restaurant interiors

From a modern diner in an old chapel to a white-washed cabinet of curiosities decorated with 10,000 animal bones, here are some of the most unusual and spectacular restaurant interiors around the world.

Ten Design Highlights of 2014

Ten Design items that might have escaped your notice in 2014