Autonomous motoring in Shanghai

The first computer was nicknamed Moneypenny – named so after an Audi engineer spotted the 007 number-plate on the car it piloted. Bobby raced the RS 7 concept that at top speeds of 149.1mph autonomously completed the Grand Prix racetrack at Hockenheim last year. The test vehicle that cruised from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas earlier this year was named Jack. This week we got to experience autonomous motoring ourselves as Lu Ban, named after the Chinese inventor, chauffeured... Read More

House of Essex in picture

This is House of Essex, a fantasy world and a fusion of art and architecture. Overlooking the Stour estuary in north Essex, not so far from London, the building sits amidst Wrabness, awakening this otherwise sleepy village with its fantastically eccentric appearance. There is something of Hansel and Gretel about this collaboration between architect FAT and the Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry for the Living Architecture series. #gallery-12 { margin: auto; } #gallery-12... Read More

Ford revives Vignale

Once-upon-a-time there were carrozzieres. The highly skilled craftsmen, metalworkers and upholsters from these coachbuilders in Turin were responsible for visualising and sculpting the metal that clothed the motorcar. Depending on their size and expertise, they helped larger carmakers designs concepts, and some created exclusive one-off cars for aficionados of the motorcar. One such carrozziere was Vignale set up in 1948 by Alfredo Vignale in Turin to collaborate mainly with... Read More

Book review: Lucy Williams

Lucy Williams takes mid-twentieth-century Modernist architecture as her inspiration to create softly shaded, intricate collages. Working with mixed media, the artist turns these often cold and brutal constructions into warm, human spaces. Even though they remain unoccupied, we can almost feel the presence of people in these diverse settings that include housing projects, government buildings, department stores and swimming pools. ‘I am interested in how the architecture... Read More

Aston Martin goes nautical

These are the first images of the AM37 – a small luxurious powerboat envisaged by carmaker Aston Martin, naval architect Mulder Design and Dutch firm Quintessence Yachts. The name suggests its size. The 37 foot model will be available in two trim levels – the 
leisure boat AM37, a gran turismo on water, with speeds of up to 50 knots (57mph), and the S line sportyacht that can reach some 60 knots (69mph). The sketches and renderings here provide a glimpse into the... Read More