Studio Ghibli reveals visualisations for new theme park in Japan

A new amusement park in Japan will bring to life the worlds of Studio Ghibli, the Oscar-winning animation house known for its films Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro. Set to open in 2022, the Studio Ghibli park will be built on the Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park in Nagakute city, near Nagoya in Japan’s

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Junya Ishigami’s architectural models feature in Fondation Cartier exhibition

Twenty architectural models by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami have gone on show at Fondation Cartier in Paris. In a Dezeen exclusive, exhibition curator Isabelle Gaudefroy reveals her five highlights from the show. Freeing Architecture is the first large-scale solo show that Fondation Cartier has dedicated to a single architect. Presented through large-scale models, films and drawings,

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Blade Runner-style photographs capture Tokyo’s infrastructure

Australian photographer Tom Blachford waited until night to capture these neon-tinted photographs of Tokyo’s metabolist buildings, which he says could have been built in a “distant future”. For his latest series, Blachford was influenced by the futuristic appearance of the country’s post-war modernist architectural movement, metabolism – pioneered by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. The Pritzker

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Carlo Ratti unveils smart road system complete with on-demand drone swarms

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has unveiled a concept for a smart road system, which would feature swarms of drones that deliver first aid, monitor traffic and detect accidents. The scheme was designed as part of a €30 million proposal by highways company ANAS, presented in late December 2017, to develop a new smart road infrastructure around Italy’s roads in preparation

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10 best architecture books of 2017 revealed at Frankfurt Book Fair

A photography book featuring movie theatres in South India and a satirical exploration of the Eiffel Tower are among the top 10 books about architecture published in 2017. The books chosen by the organisers of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the architectural museum Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) were given the DAM Architectural Book Award. The world’s only architecture-specific book prize attracted 215 submissions

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Sydney’s Sirius building goes on sale for £75 million amid heritage register controversy

One of Sydney’s finest examples of brutalist architecture has been put on sale for £75 million by the New South Wales government, despite new evidence that shows the building may already be heritage listed. The decision to sell the Sirius building comes after the New South Wales (NSW) government decided to not include it on the State Heritage Register,

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Julian Rosefeldt celebrates “anti-architecture” in new movie Manifesto

Filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt transforms German industrial landmarks into “alienated places” for his latest film, which sees actor Cate Blanchett take on 13 personas while reciting art declarations. Rosenfeldt, a German artist and former architect, first presented Manifesto in 2015 as a multi-screen gallery installation. He has now expanded the project into a film, which was shot almost exclusively in

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Giles Miller creates textured facade for children’s playhouse

London designer Giles Miller has used hexagonal wooden tiles to cover the surface of this children’s playhouse by cabin company Koto. Designed an alternative to the traditional playhouse, Miller’s Grace cabin is one of three structures by Koto that are aimed specifically at children. Through his surface design, Miller wanted to reference the cabin’s geometric framework while

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Magnus Ström models gabled annex for Hampshire home on “rustic boutique hotel”

British studio Ström Architects designed this timber-clad annex to house a bar and games room for a home in England’s New Forest he completed seven years ago. Watson House Annexe replaced an existing two-storey structure demolished prior to its construction. It is situated in the garden of the client’s main residence which – like the annex –

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New Sandy Hook school is designed to “prevent unwanted intrusions of any kind”

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the site of the 2012 shooting that killed 20 children and six adults, has been rebuilt by architects Svigals + Partners to incorporate the latest anti-terror measures. Working alongside the traumatised community of Newtown, Svigals + Partners designed the outside of the school to include a long walkway through

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Small Architecture Workshop’s charred-timber sauna floats on a Swedish lake

Milan-based studio Small Architecture Workshop has built a sauna on a floating platform in Åmot, Sweden, which features a blackened-wood exterior and a large window that overlooks a lake. Small Architecture Workshop self built the sauna over a period of two weeks for a Belgian couple whose bed and breakfast is located in the middle

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Tato Architects and Phorm Architecture combine Japanese and Australian design for Brisbane house

This hillside house in Brisbane, designed by Japanese studio Tato Architects and Australian office Phorm Architecture, features outdoor living spaces raised up on stilts. The client asked Yo Shimada of Tato Architects for a house with a minimalist aesthetic. He decided to use a stilted home that his studio previously completed near Kobe, Japan, as a starting point for the design.

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MAD creates inflatable pavilion shaped like a rabbit’s head

For this year’s Beijing Design Week, local architecture studio MAD has created an inflatable pavilion with two big floppy ears. MAD created the giant-rabbit-shaped pavilion in a hutong – one of Beijing’s old courtyard-house neighbourhoods – near Lama Temple. Titled Wonderland, it is designed to provide a public space where children in the area can meet and play with

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Toto presents the work of Japanese architects and students

Dezeen promotion: Japanese bathroom brand Toto is hosting an exhibition in London, exploring how European study has affected the work of 20 Japanese architects and architecture students. Called Toshindai: Life-sized, the exhibition is curated by Japanese Junction, a group of Japanese architects based in London. It takes place at Toto’s London showroom from 20 September to

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Florence to adopt Stefano Boeri’s “anti-terror” planters proposal

Stefano Boeri’s proposal to use trees and planters to protect against terror attacks instead of “ugly” military-style barriers is to be implemented in Florence, mayor Dario Nardella has announced. The Italian architect voiced his concerns about the negative impact of the barriers being installed in European cities following the recent vehicle-led terror attacks in Barcelona, London, Nice and

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Sculptures of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano will sit opposite the Centre Pompidou

French artist Xavier Veilhan has created two new sculptures of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, which are set to be permanently installed across from the architects’ iconic building, the Centre Pompidou. The sculptures are variations on pieces in Veilhan’s Architects series, first exhibited at a private viewing in the Palace of Versailles in 2009. They will

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Kouichi Kimura completes steel-wrapped home and studio for photographer in Shiga

Sheets of corrugated steel envelop the upper storey of this house and studio for a photographer in Japan’s Shiga prefecture, which was designed by local architect Kouichi Kimura to feature an interior that makes dramatic play of light and shadow. Kimura, of Japanese studio Form, designed the project called House for a Photographer as a live-in studio. Located on a countryside road, and opposite

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Stefano Boeri proposes trees instead of barriers to protect against terror attacks

Following the recent terror attacks in Barcelona, Italian architect Stefano Boeri has suggested that European cities be redesigned to include trees with bulky planters rather than concrete barriers to prevent vehicles targeting pedestrians. Boeri, known for his plant- and tree-covered buildings, made the statement in response to string of vehicle-led terror attacks in Barcelona, Nice, Berlin, London and other locations

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