Smiljan Radić works on fire station and playground for Chilean civic hub

Architects Smiljan Radić, Eduardo Castillo and Danilo Lazcano teamed up on this community hub in San Pedro de La Paz, Chile, featuring a bright red fire station, raised black walkway and a playground. Radić, Castillo and Lazcano won a contest to design the 15,050-square-metre masterplan for the Boca Sur neighbourhood. The competition titled I Love my Suburb called for a

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Luxembourg Pavilion calls for architects to “give more space to the public” by building on stilts

Projects by Aldo Rossi, Paul Rudolph and Le Corbusier show how buildings on stilts can be used to covertly introduce public space onto private land, according to the curators of the Luxembourg Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition features 13 towering MDF models of buildings on stilts, which were all proposed but never

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Venice Biennale project sees derelict 1980s flat transformed back into family home

A social-housing apartment that stood empty for five years is becoming a family home again, after being refurbished for a Venice Architecture Biennale show. The Unfolding Pavilion was a week-long exhibition inside a triplex flat in the Giudecca Social Housing Complex, which was built by Italian architect Gino Valle in 1986. The flat was in

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South Korean glamping resort offers holidaymakers a touch of “minimalist luxury”

Atelier Chang has designed a sequence of brightly coloured tents for the SJCC Glamping Resort to offer tourists a luxury camping experience on a cypress-covered mountain near the South Korean city of Suncheon. The 16 brightly pods are oriented to enjoy views over the Suncheon Ecological Bay, which is located around 300 kilometres south of Seoul

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Chelsea FC shelves plans for Herzog & de Meuron-designed stadium

Herzog & de Meuron’s plans to update Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium have been put on hold indefinitely amid an “unfavourable investment climate”. Chelsea Football Club released a statement today saying the £500 million renovation plans by the Swiss firm had been put “on hold”. “No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur. The

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Vatican City’s patronage is “exactly what architecture needs” says Norman Foster 

The Vatican City is a champion for contemporary architecture, according to Norman Foster, one of several architects commissioned by the Catholic city state for the Venice Architecture Biennale. Speaking to Dezeen in Venice, the Foster + Partners principal said the Vatican City should be congratulated for its debut biennale contribution – instead of curating a traditional

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V&A unveils huge section of demolished Robin Hood Gardens at Venice Architecture Biennale

Visitors to the Venice Architecture Biennale can walk the “streets in the sky” of London’s Robin Hood Gardens, as the V&A museum has shipped a huge chunk of the brutalist housing estate to Italy. As the showpiece of the exhibition Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin in Reverse, the fragment is the facade of one flat from the famous

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Huge balloons inflate and deflate based on atmospheric conditions inside Nordic Pavilion

The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale has been filled with huge inflatable blobs that slowly expand and contract in response to changing environmental conditions. The exhibition, called Another Generosity, aims to explore the relationship between nature and the built environment. Curators Eero Lundén and Juulia Kauste wanted to show how humans can start to create

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Swiss Pavilion invites visitors to explore bland rental homes like Alice In Wonderland

Unremarkable light switches, doors and counters are either shrunk or enlarged inside Switzerland’s Venice Biennale pavilion, to draw attention to the ubiquitous interior design of rental properties. Called House Tour, the exhibition sees the Swiss Pavilion transformed into a warren of unfurnished rooms, using the bland fittings commonly selected for new-build housing or rented apartments. But

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Five key topics for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

The Venice Architecture Biennale kicks off this week. Ahead of the opening, Dezeen architecture editor Jessica Mairs looks at some of the topics likely to dominate conversation, from the future of social housing to cruising culture. Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, are the curators of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, which

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“Siloed thinking” not cladding to blame for Grenfell Tower fire claims report

Ignorance, indifference and inadequate regulation led to the Grenfell Tower disaster, not its cladding alone, claims a new report, which does not recommend a ban on the combustable building materials blamed for the fire.  Overseen by engineer Judith Hackitt, the Building a Safer Future report reviewed current building and fire-safety regulations and how they related to

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New visuals emerge of development risking Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage status 

The design of the £5 billion development set to transform the northern docks of Liverpool, England, has been revised in response to concerns from the UNESCO conservation committee. New CGI visuals show the latest plans for the Central Dock section of the Liverpool Waters masterplan, which were changed after a warning from UNESCO that the development could

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17 postmodern buildings join UK’s listed building register

The fate of 17 of the UK’s postmodern buildings has been secured by preservation body Historic England, in a bid to “stem losses of this important style of architecture”. The newly additions to the National Heritage List for England were all designed between the 1970s and 1990s, and encompass a range of uses, including housing, education and

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Architecture industry pays tribute to “true free spirit” Will Alsop

Emotional tributes have been pouring in for the late British architect Will Alsop, “a lover of prodding hornets nests”, who died this weekend. Alsop’s son-in-law, the journalist Alexander Larman, was among the first to share fond memories of the architect, known for buildings including Peckham Library in London and the Sharp Centre for the Ontario

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DJI’s headquarters designed by Foster + Partners will feature drone-testing skybridge

Foster + Partners has integrated a skybridge into its design for new headquarters for Shenzhen-based robotics company DJI, allowing it to test out its latest drone technology. The Foster + Partners-designed building, which is currently under construction, will operate as an innovation centre for DJI – a company specialising in producing “quadcopter” drones used for film and photography. Its equipment

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RIBA honours 20 of the world’s best new buildings

A forest home for an art collector in Canada, and a Budapest metro station are among 20 buildings to receive RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018 – and to be shortlisted for this year’s RIBA International Prize. The winners of the RIBA Awards for International Excellence 2018 were drawn from the longlist of 62 projects vying

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Amanda Levete and Junya Ishigami among shortlist for Eiffel Tower overhaul

Four teams including architects Amanda Levete, Carlo Ratti and Junya Ishigami are vying to improve facilities at the Eiffel Tower, in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The teams including architects, landscape designers and urban planners have been selected to draw up ideas that would improve facilities for the six million tourists that

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Foster + Partners completes BBC headquarters in Cardiff

Foster + Partners has completed a new headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff, which features a broad metal canopy supported on slender columns. The building designed for the Welsh division of the broadcaster has now been handed over for internal fit out by Overbury and Sheppard Robson in time to welcome 1,200 staff in 2019.

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Kenneth Frampton to receive Golden Lion at Venice Architecture Biennale

British architect, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton will recieve the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Architecture Biennale next month. Frampton was selected for the award by the curators of this year’s Biennale, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin-based Grafton Architects. Born in London in 1930, Frampton studied at the Architectural Association before

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Fly-through video shows impact of 500 tall buildings planned for London

This fly-through video created for the NLA’s annual London Tall Buildings Survey shows how over 500 towers currently proposed for London will affect the capital’s skyline. The digital model of London was created by VU.CITY for New London Architecture (NLA) as part of its fifth annual London Tall Buildings Survey, which was published today. The results of

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Renovation works at Grenfell Tower added “fuel” to fire, reveals leaked report

“Deficiencies” introduced during renovation works at Grenfell Tower contributed to fire deaths, according to a leaked report by fire safety experts. Poorly installed fire barriers, gaps around window frames, and flammable cladding and insulation were introduced to the west London tower in renovation works by Studio E Architects before the fire, states the report. The 210-page document prepared by

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BIG reveals plans for Swiss hotel with zigzagging ski slope on its roof

Guests will be able to ski down the zigzagging roof of this hotel by Danish practice Bjarke Ingels Group and onto the slopes of the Vallée de Joux in western Switzerland. Work is already underway on the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers, which BIG has designed for Swiss watch maker Audemars Piguet beside its workshop in the village of Le Brassus. The

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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to deliver Royal Academy’s annual lecture

Dezeen promotion: Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects will give the annual Royal Academy of Arts architecture lecture on “freespace”, the theme they chose for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The Grafton Architects founders will deliver the 28th Annual Architecture Lecture in the new David Chipperfield-designed The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre at the Royal Academy of Arts on 16 July 2018. Dezeen is

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Zaha Hadid’s only house finally completes in Russian forest

New photographs and a movie reveal Zaha Hadid’s only completed private residence – a house in the Barvikha Forest near Moscow, for a man she called the “Russian James Bond”. The late Iraqi-British architect designed Capital Hill Residence for businessman and philanthropist Vladislav Doronin, who runs property companies Capital Group and OKO Group, and is also the owner of luxury hotel and resort

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Kengo Kuma to build aquatics centre and harbour bath in Copenhagen

Japanese studio Kengo Kuma and Associates is designing an aquatics centre on Copenhagen’s harbour, featuring indoor pools framed by brick pyramids and outdoor baths that terrace down to meet the sea. Kengo Kuma’s office won a competition to design Water Culture House. It forms part of COBE’s regeneration of Chistriansholm – an artificial landmass also known as Paper Island,

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Prefabricated cabin can be transported to remote locations by lorry

This £39,000 prefabricated cabin by artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod is designed to be easily transported on the back of a lorry. School friends Niven and MacLeod designed the small hut, known as the Artist Bothy after the Scottish name for a shelter, for artists wanting to set up studio in isolated locations.  The compact

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Kengo Kuma designs Japan’s first Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel chain is opening its first Japanese outpost in Kyoto this winter, in a former telephone exchange building overhauled by Kengo Kuma. Japanese architect Kuma will convert the ShinPuhKan building – originally designed by Tetsuro Yoshida and completed in 1926 – to create suites set around a plant-filled courtyard. It will be the 10th Ace Hotel, joining

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Swedish government introduces new benchmarks for architecture and design

The Swedish government has introduced a set of quality targets for architecture and design, which aim to make Sweden a more “sustainable, equal and less segregated society”. The Stamped Living Environment Bill, which lays out plans to make sustainability and quality integral to the design process, has largely been welcomed by the Swedish architecture and design community. Architects and

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UK’s biggest architecture firms reveal gender-pay disparity

Hawkins\Brown has emerged as the only one of the UK’s largest architecture practices with a gender pay gap better than the country average. Collectively the 14 architecture practices that have reported data have a median gender pay gap – the common way of reporting pay disparity – of 18.4 per cent. This compares to the countrywide average

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Suspected murderer Peter Madsen worked on BIG’s smoke-ring-blowing power plant

The Danish inventor on trial for committing murder aboard his self-built submarine helped Bjarke Ingels Group develop the distinctive smoke-ring-blowing chimney of its Copenhagen power plant, Dezeen has learned. Peter Madsen, who is charged with the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, is credited with helping Danish architecture studio BIG develop the technology for the chimney. He features

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Coventry’s post-war shopping centre earmarked for preservation in rare listing move

A clutch of post-war buildings in Coventry have been heritage listed, as the city prepares to become UK City of Culture for 2021. Eight architectural sites have been selected from the pedestrianised Upper Precinct shopping area, built as part of the UK city’s regeneration following heavy bombing during the second world war. They include buildings occupied

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Forensic Architecture investigates alleged links between refugee charities and people smugglers

Researchers at Forensic Architecture are investigating allegations that human rights organisations colluded with human traffickers to smuggle refugees across the Mediterranean, in the latest real-world intervention by the team. The group, based at Goldsmiths university in London, is working to quash allegations that non-governmental organisations assisted smugglers ferrying refugees to Europe in boats. “The burden

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Forensic Architecture to create 3D video of Grenfell Tower fire

The independent spatial research group Forensic Architecture is seeking footage of the fatal fire at Grenfell Tower to create a 3D video that could build a better understanding of how the disaster unfolded.  Forensic Architecture believe many of the witnesses of the fire hold recordings on their smartphones or cameras that could help piece together how the

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Hawkins\Brown completes robotics lab for The Bartlett at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Hawkins\Brown has designed a new robotics campus for The Bartlett architecture school as part of the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. The 6,200-square-metre campus provides specialist teaching, fabrication and robotics facilities for University College London’s (UCL) The Bartlett architecture school and its new Real Estate Institute. The facilities occupy the former Broadcast Centre and Press Centre, originally designed by

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Sandra Barclay wins Woman Architect of the Year 2018 award

Barclay & Crousse co-founder Sandra Barclay has become the seventh recipient of the Woman Architect of the Year prize, while Gabinete de Arquitectura partner Gloria Cabral has been named emerging female architect. The two architects were recognised during this year’s Women in Architecture Awards, which are organised by annually by the Architects’ Journal (AJ) and The Architectural Review. Peruvian architect

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Balkrishna Doshi wins Pritzker Prize 2018

Indian architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi has been named the 2018 laureate of the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s most illustrious award. Balkrishna Doshi, one of India’s most influential 20th century architects, is the 45th recipient of the Pritzker Prize. He is the first Indian architect to receive the award. Doshi and his practice Vastu-Shilp hold a portfolio

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V&A to recreate Robin Hood Gardens’ streets in the sky at Venice Architecture Biennale

A one-bedroom flat salvaged from the demolition of the Robin Hood Gardens estate by London’s V&A museum is to be transported to Italy and displayed at this year’s Venice Architecture Bienniale. The V&A acquired the three-storey section of the estate last year when demolition work on the brutalist social housing estate began, but did not immediately reveal its plans for the

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Architectural Association names Eva Franch i Gilabert as new director

The Architectural Association in London has selected Catalan architect, curator and educator Eva Franch i Gilabert as its new director. Franch i Gilabert, who is currently chief curator and executive director of New York architecture organisation Storefront for Art and Architecture, was selected ahead of Robert Mull and Pippo Ciorra for the role. She received a majority vote of 67 per cent –

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Grenfell Tower site to be turned into memorial to fire victims

The site of the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in west London is expected to be turned into a memorial to the 72 people killed in last year’s disaster. A government document outlining the potential future uses of the site state the “voice of the bereaved” will lead the decision-making process. The most likely outcome is a

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“The only things I’ve ever kept are photographs,” says John Pawson

Minimalist John Pawson turned to architecture after failing as a Buddhist monk and a sports photographer. As a book of his photographs goes on sale, he spoke to Dezeen about how he discovered his love of colour through Instagram. Called Spectrum and published by Phaidon, the book contains pairings of photographs taken by Pawson, whose studio is

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Henning Larsen Architects reveals £400 million Belfast waterfront masterplan

Scandinavian practice Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled plans to transform the east bank of the River Lagan in Belfast, Northern Ireland, using the redevelopment of Copenhagen harbour as a model. The 6.5-hectare Belfast Waterside masterplan aims to make use of the outdoor spaces along the river in the winter months – looking towards the redevelopment of

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Stefano Boeri Architetti to design 24-hour schools in Albanian capital

Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed three schools in Albania’s capital city, Tirana, that will remain open around the clock to double as community hubs. While schools typically are shut to the public after classes end, Italian studio Stefano Boeri Architetti has proposed making use of the buildings 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. After school

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Wilkinson Eyre and Jonathan Tuckey convert King’s Cross gasholders into luxury flats

Wilkinson Eyre has completed its transformation of a trio of Victorian gasholder frames at London’s King’s Cross into luxury apartments with interiors by Jonathan Tuckey Design. The London architecture practice headed up by Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre won a competition in 2002 to construct the apartments within the three conjoined gasholders for developer Argent. The project forms

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Liverpool to introduce building height cap in bid to save World Heritage status

Liverpool plans to clamp down on tall towers after controversial plans to build a pair of high-rise blocks facing the River Mersey threatened the UNESCO World Heritage status of the English city. The council and preservation body Historic England, have drawn up an action plan to rescue the city from being scrapped from the register, which denotes sites of significant historical

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Apple staff “physically hurt” by walking into glass walls at Foster-designed campus

Emergency services have treated Apple staff for injuries caused by walking into glazed walls at the company’s new Foster + Partners-designed Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, according to reports. The $5 billion (£3.6 billion) campus features numerous glass walls, which are being misjudged by users of building causing collisions and resulting in several people receiving medical

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UK Construction Week bans “inappropriate” outfits after showgirl backlash

UK Construction Week is introducing new equality guidelines following the outcry against the use of promotional models wearing Vegas showgirl outfits at last year’s event. Media 10, a publisher and the organiser of the annual trade show, has released a code of conduct for exhibitors “setting the standard” for equality and diversity in the industry. The move comes after Dezeen revealed

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The Boundary releases visuals of “pi-in-the-sky” luxury hotel in the Sonoran Desert

British visualisation studio The Boundary has created a series of renderings depicting a “super luxury” hotel planned for a secret site in Arizona’s Sonoran desert. Henry Goss Architects designed the hotel concept for a private client, who has been working with The Boundary – the rendering studio ran by Henry Goss and visualiser Peter Guthrie – for several

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“Under-recognised” Itsuko Hasegawa wins inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize

Little-known Japanese architect Itsuko Hasegawa has been announced as the first laureate of the Royal Academy of Arts’ architecture prize. Described as one of Japan’s most important architects by the award’s jurors, Itsuko Hasegawa founded her Tokyo-based practice in 1979 but remains relatively unknown. “What I find most interesting about the architecture of Itsuko Hasegawa is the

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Frida Escobedo designs secluded courtyard for Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has been named as the designer of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, which is to feature a latticed enclosure surrounding a pool of water. Escobedo is the 18th architect to design the Serpentine Pavilion, the prestigious annual commission from the Serpentine Galleries in London. The architect, who was born in 1979 and set

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London mayor releases estate regeneration guide to protect social housing

London mayor Sadiq Khan has developed a good practice guide for estate regeneration in the capital, aiming to give residents greater say in their homes and ensure social housing is ring-fenced during redevelopment. The Better Homes for Local People guide is the first estate regeneration advice to be released by City Hall. It proposes requiring a resident

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Women offered 70 per cent discount for architecture conference in Lisbon

Organisers of the Resonate conference have offered female delegates cut-price entry, in an effort to improve the gender balance of the event taking place at the AL_A-designed MAAT museum in Lisbon next week. The decision to offer a “special price for women in design” – cutting the full ticket price of €220 (£195) to €50 (£44) – was taken

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Grimshaw and Wilkinson Eyre appointed to design HS2 stations

Grimshaw Architects and Wilkinson Eyre have been selected, alongside engineers Arup and WSP, to design stations in Birmingham and London for the high-speed rail network HS2 . Grimshaw Architects will work with WSP’s UK office to create a station for HS2 services at Birmingham Curzon Street, while Wilkinson Eyre and Arup will design the Birmingham Interchange station. Grimshaw Architects and Arup

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RIBA cautions architects about MIPIM misconduct

RIBA president Ben Derbyshire has warned architects attending the MIPIM property fair to adhere strictly to the body’s code of conduct, following the sector’s involvement in the Presidents Club scandal. In response to the call for the RIBA to take a stronger stance on sexual inequality, the president called on members attending the world-leading property networking event to become whistle blowers

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Park Hill estate to be converted into student housing

The final wave of regeneration at brutalist Park Hill estate will see 350 student homes, designed by British practice Whittam Cox Architects, built within the iconic concrete framework of the social housing complex in Sheffield, England. Urban Splash, the developer overseeing the renovation of the Grade II*-listed estate, has brought Whittam Cox Architects and student housing developer Alumno on board to

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First foreign Serpentine Pavilion will be built in China this year

The Serpentine Pavilion programme is launching in Beijing, with an inaugural commission by Chinese studio Jiakun Architects to open in May this year. The arched pavilion will be erected outside WF Central, a luxury shopping and hotel complex in the Dongcheng district of the Chinese capital, from May to October 2018. The design comprises an arc of curving

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World’s biggest property event criticised for response to Presidents Club scandal

Organisers of the world’s biggest property event, MIPIM, have been attacked for their soft approach after vowing to “increase communications” with delegates about inappropriate behaviour at the male-dominated trade fair. The criticism comes in the wake of the Financial Times’ exposure of the sexual harassment and assault experienced by female hostesses at a men-only charity dinner hosted by

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CF Møller and Reiulf Ramstad unveil plans for plant-covered tower in Oslo

CF Møller Architects and Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter have teamed up to design a tower at Oslo’s central station, which will have a telescopic form to facilitate plant-covered terraces. Named Nordic Light, the building will contain a concourse for travellers in its base and offices above. At 110 meters high, the tower will echo the height of

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Council saves Herzog & de Meuron’s Chelsea football stadium from neighbours’ injunction

An injunction that would have prevented Herzog & de Meuron from redeveloping Chelsea FC’s football stadium has been blocked by the local council, paving the way for construction to begin. Planning permission was granted for the £500 million overhaul of the west London football club’s 41,837-seat Stamford Bridge stadium in January 2017. But a group of

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Donald Trump snubs new US embassy in London

Donald Trump has cancelled his visit to London to open Kieran Timberlake’s new £750 million US embassy, and criticised the “bad deal” that saw its predecessor sold for “peanuts”. The US president was expected to attend a ribbon cutting at the new embassy building, which completed last month, but the visit has now been cancelled, with no

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Dubai Frame opens amid claims of copyright infringement

The controversial Dubai Frame has opened to the public, despite an ongoing copyright dispute with architect Fernando Donis, who won a competition to design the observation tower over a decade ago. Comprising a pair of 150-metre-tall towers linked by a 93-metre-wide bridge, the Dubai Frame opened to the public in Za’abeel Park on 1 January 2018.

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Cosy corners and muted colours make Norm Architects’ Norwegian home the “epitome of hygge”

This family home by Danish practice Norm Architects is filled with cosy nooks and open living areas lined with generous windows, which look out on to picturesque woodland and a lake. The Gjøvik House is located around an hour’s drive north of Oslo, Norway. The property is made up of six interconnected blocks that create a “broken-plan” layout of nooks

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Architect Neave Brown dies

Acclaimed architect Neave Brown, a “pioneer of quality public housing” for London, has died following a battle with cancer on 9 January 2018. Brown was named the 2018 laureate of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, receiving his accolade in an unusually early ceremony at the end of last year due to ill health. He was hailed by

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Affordable housing and studio concept wins RIBA contest for decommissioned gasholders

London studio Outpost has won a contest seeking ideas for how disused gasholders could be repurposed across the UK, with its concept for a ring of affordable housing and workspaces. The plans show a row of gabled buildings surrounding a circular well, which would be left behind after the latticed steel frame of a gasholder

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Outrage over plans for Apple store in Melbourne’s publicly owned Federation Square

Melbourne residents are protesting the arrival of Apple’s first southern-hemisphere flagship in Federation Square, and criticising the Victorian government for pushing through the commercial development without consultation. The two-storey Apple store designed by Foster + Partners will replace an existing three-storey building in Federation Square, a publicly owned plaza set on the bank of the Yarra River in the

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13 skyscrapers set to transform City of London skyline by 2026

These new renderings reveal how the City of London skyline is set to look within the next decade, with the addition of 13 skyscrapers, including one expected to be 290 metres high. The CGIs commissioned by the City of London Corporation show how the skyline of London’s financial district will be affected by 2026, based on current

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Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion will relocate to Malaysia

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion by Diébédo Francis Kéré will find a new permanent home in Malaysia, following an extended run in London.  The Serpentine Galleries has confirmed that the pavilion has been sold to Kuala Lumpur-based Ilham Gallery. Ilham is now seeking a location for the pavilion in Malaysia’s Klang Valley – the region that surrounds and encompasses the

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Dezeen’s top 10 conceptual skyscrapers of 2017

This year saw a bumper crop of conceptual towers unveiled, in addition to the plethora of completed skyscrapers. Architecture editor Jessica Mairs continues our review of the year with her pick of the best fantasy towers, from plant-covered high-rises on Mars to a vertical farm in Africa. Analemma Tower by Clouds Architecture Office Not satisfied with building

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It’s difficult to get prominent women to speak, says WAF organiser Paul Finch

World Architecture Festival is failing to attract enough leading female architects as speakers despite efforts to improve its gender balance, according to organiser Paul Finch. At this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) 30 per cent of the 125 award judges were women, and just 27 per cent of the speakers female – although the speaker’s page of the

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SelgasCano adds roof extension with pools and plants to Second Home offices in London

Spanish practice SelgasCano has extended the roof of the Second Home offices in east London, creating five studios with winding desks, and a terrace with a serpentine border of aquatic planting. Madrid-based SelgasCano – run by José Selgas and Lucia Cano – was invited back to extend the offices it designed for the workspace provider Second Home inside a former

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Dezeen’s 10 biggest architecture trends of 2017

Continuing our review of the year, architecture editor Jessica Mairs looks at the themes that dominated construction in 2017, from outlandish shipping container designs and fantasy skyscraper concepts, to the demise of brutalist housing stock. Plant-covered buildings sprouted up everywhere  We published more proposals for plant-covered buildings this year than ever before. Among the 15 plans –

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