Dezeen and MINI are travelling the world together this year, visiting eight cities to discover the most exciting new talents, the hottest trends and the most important themes in architecture and design in 2013, as Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs explains in the movie above.
Our Dezeen and MINI World Tour will take in a selection of the best international fairs, conferences and festivals, where we'll be conducting interviews, making videos and reporting on the most interesting developments.
Our first stop is Cape Town, where we'll be at the Design Indaba conference from 27 February – 1 March. Then we're off to Milan for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile - the world's most important design fair. This takes place from 9-14 April.
October sees us heading to Singapore for the World Architecture Festival and the INSIDE festival from 2-4 October, and finally we arrive in Eindhoven, the smallest city on our itinerary, for Dutch Design Week (19-27 October).
We'll be publishing everything we find on our special Dezeen and MINI World Tour microsite where, taken together, they'll add up to a unique picture of the global design scene throughout the year.
At the end of the year we'll jointly host Dezeen and MINI Gathering, a unique event in London bringing together the highlights from our travels. The event will feature speakers, conversations, music and much more. What's more, it will be completely free.
The above movie features a MINI Cooper S Paceman.