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Performance over function: in this issue design has transcended the object and turned us into spectators. Edwin Heathcote looks at how the worlds of stage design and architecture have converged and Katy Kelleher talks to female performance artists turning tattoo design into a form of spectacle. We also consider the performative role of the gallery in its shift away from the white cube. Plus: Mario Botta's wild new studio-zoo, Bjork's swan dress, Lina Bo Bardi's Teatro Oficina and an exclusive interview with ecological architect Ken Yeang.