The cultural fabric of cities, covering people and projects across art, architecture, design and cross-pollinated creativity with a focus on local makers and projects through to internationally good ideas.
Edible schoolyards, indoor gardens, urban farms, and above all, a gentle sense of playfulness: New York-based WORKac reimagines buildings at the intersection of the urban, the rural and the natural. Elizabeth Campbell speaks with co-founder Dan Wood about architecture in which plants are just one of the building materials, and nature blends into infrastructure
Tasmanian artist Helen Wright (the artist featured on the cover of our latest print issue!) is concerned with the uneasy coalition between humans and the natural world. Through her paintings, drawings, prints and the cast sculptures we see a playful yet political reminder of the fragile balances of this relationship. Here, she shares with us some of the thinking behind her multidisciplinary practice
Cuba's 'Special Period in Time of Peace' – a euphemism for the country's economic crisis in of the 1990s – bred hardship, austere rationing, and a new material culture among citizens. Elliott Mackie speaks with Cuban designer Ernesto Oroza about the phenomenon Oroza describes as 'technological disobedience', highlighting both the ingenuity and sociopolitical and economic forces that have shaped Cuban design
Using jellyfish as a motif to examine consumption, environmental degradation and other critical issues associated with global warming, Penelope Davis's 'Sea-change' considers the future of climate change through the eyes of the ocean. We recently caught up with Penelope to find out about the process behind a work that poetically evokes the symbiosis – at once beautiful and monstrous – between humans and nature
Based on a prompt by French philosopher and urbanist Paul Virilio, EXIT (2008–15) is an experimental 360-degree installation created by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with a team of statisticians, scientists and geographers. Sara Savage speaks with Fondation Cartier curator Thomas Delamarre about working at the intersection of art and data, and about the role of cultural institutions in effecting change
Berlin-based architecture collective Raumlabor sees the city as a space for investigation, participation and endless possibilities. With much of its early work spanning the realm of temporary interventions, these days Raumlabor is turning its focus towards more enduring urban transformations. Emily Wong chats to co-director Christof Mayer about working at the intersection of art and city-making