• Bob & Roberta Smith is turning the whole town of Folkestone into an art school

    Patrick Brill — better known as the artist Bob and Roberta Smith — is on a mission to turn the seaside town of Folkestone into an art school for all, for its fourth Art Triennial and beyond. Inspired by the parlous state of the UK’s art education system, what lessons does he hope it will provide for the wider world?

  • New Scotland Yard by AHMM

    AHMM has transformed a neoclassical fortress on London’s Embankment into an elegant, new building for New Scotland Yard and beacon for modern policing

  • Review: Hello Robot: Design Between Human and Machine

    A new travelling show, starting off at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, and called Hello Robot, looks at what our relationship with machines reveals about us

  • Fixing a hole: Fixperts profile

    Every idea has its day, and Fixperts is an idea whose momentum has truly arrived. In 2016, the open-source fixing evangelists picked up a major Blueprint award, and trialled a whole new teaching programme around making for arts-starved UK schools. With the BBC recently launching its Big Life Fix, showing design professionals as they tackle real-life problems, it appears that fixing as a universal act of ingenuity and resistance – countering the culture of empty consumerism and built-in obsolescence – is going mainstream

  • Marsh Hill by Mole Architects

    This Suffolk house by Mole Architects achieves a fine balance of simplicity and complexity through careful detailing, craftsmanship and sensitivity to scale and the lived experience

  • On the drawing board: Panorama, Paris by Marc Mimram

    French architect and engineer Marc Mimram is realising his first inhabitable bridge, spanning the railway lines near Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris

  • Review: Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern

    The work of Robert Rauschenberg, on show at Tate Modern, seems to have predicted almost every contemporary art movement that followed, finds Veronica Simpson.

  • Tales of the Unexpected: The Work of Bedwyr Williams

    We step into the weird and wonderful world of Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams and his surreal staged performances

  • Destruction of Memory review

    Tim Slade’s film, based on Robert Bevan’s 2006 book of the same name, documents the cultural destruction that has wrought catastrophic results across the world. It’s a must-see, says Veronica Simpson

  • Resilient cities: Bristol

    Bristol’s year as European Green Capital has seen this UK city deliver a raft of projects that demonstrate its commitment to sustainable transport, energy, food culture and urban design. But a greater force is being summoned to maximise the programme’s impact: the creativity and enthusiasm of its citizens

  • Daydream believer: Theaster Gates

    Theaster Gates, artist and activist, has demonstrated that grass-roots architecture and culture can be a powerful force for activating human capital in the city. Artists often like to dream the impossible — but few go out and make it happen

  • Milan Expo 2015: from Blueprint’s point of view

    Milan Expo 2015 offered an indigestible banquet of overblown audio-visual gimmicks and kitsch excess, with huge inconsistencies of architectural and design innovation and liberal helpings of blatant self-promotion. And yet there was much to intrigue and entertain. Veronica Simpson reaches for the Rennies….

  • Brief Encounters

    Veronica Simpson flies the flag for local makers, producers and entrepreneurs.

  • Third Age Architecture

    As the number of over-60s grows both in the UK and around the world, the provision of good quality accommodation is becoming vital, reports Veronica Simpson.

  • Come on, feel the noise

    The latest FX seminar had design experts wrestling with workplace acoustics, the psychological and sensory effects of open-plan offices and why choice needs to be placed far higher on the design agenda.

  • Design recovery: Enlightening hospital design

    Fancy spending a morning in Whittington Hospital’s Ambulatory Care centre? Thanks to some enlightened design and client thinking, you might not find it such a bleak place after all…

  • The importance of the inbetweeners

    Are in-between spaces in offices more important than desks? Can a neighbourhood work without great public space? Veronica Simpson joined the debate at Morgan Lovell’s latest seminar.

  • The Bilbao Effect - Hit and Myth

    Statement buildings are so last century. As the architectural world awaits the winning scheme for the Guggenheim Helsinki, we reflect on the legacy — both intended and unintended — of the Guggenheim Bilbao. What underpins its extraordinary success as a cultural icon? And can Helsinki hope to replicate that formula?

  • Today's special

    Historically confined to premises unfit for the purpose of teaching, never mind moving physically challenged children from a to b, special needs schools have emerged as among the most creative and inspiring of new school buildings

  • Lasting legacies

    Do award-winning projects actually work? Or is it all about aesthetics?We examine five past award winners that score extremely highly on client satisfaction to see how they won both gongs and ongoing approval from their inhabitants and users