• Brief Encounters

    The Villa Tugendhat, in Brno, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is the birthplace of many 20th-centrury architectural ideals. A visit to the newly resorted original brings home that the genius of ‘god’, as Mies would have it, is in the detail. Veronica Simpson reports...

  • Game, Set and Match

    With the Olympic flame due to be in Rio next month, it’s timely to look at new UK stadia that are springing up with an eye to hospitality as well as the game. Veronica Simpson reports...

  • Brief Encounters

    The Design Trust is helping artists market their work through identifying and finding their real audience.

  • Design in Action programme supports the Scottish Economy

    The University of Dundee’s Design in Action programme is helping to help grow the Scottish economy.

  • Music halls: Let’s get physical

    Live-music venues are making a comeback, but this time with greater emphasis on the physical presence of the space – inside and out – and more emphasis on enhancing the audience experience. We listen in!

  • A closer look

    Museums are getting smarter about bringing their audiences closer to the subject, and even closer to each other, finds Veronica Simpson.

  • Dare to dream

    The chance to dream – something designers are rarely offered in the name of productive work. Veronica Simpson uncovers some inspiring examples of schemes – even countries – that offer support for unfettered creativity.

  • 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

  • Bringing libraries back to life

    Rumours of the book’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, so Veronica Simpson takes a look at the latest library incarnations that prove it’s all in the media.

  • 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