Dezeen named Best Small Digital Publisher of the Year at Digital Publishing Awards

Dezeen has won the award for Best Small Digital Publisher of the Year at the Association of Online Publishers’ annual awards, with judges praising our “stand-out editorial focus” and our “change-inducing campaigns”. The award was presented at a ceremony in London on Wednesday night, where Dezeen was also highly commended in the Best Online Media

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“We face identical problems to people building a skyscraper,” says Christo

Artist Christo has compared the creation of his work to building a skyscraper, or a highway, in an exclusive interview with Dezeen, following the unveiling of his floating London Mastaba installation. The 83-year-old artist compared the often painful and lengthy process of getting permission for his giant artworks to the fraught process experienced by architects.

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“We need to become better at explaining the power of architecture” says new AA director Eva Franch i Gilabert

Eva Franch i Gilabert takes up her role as the first female director of the crisis-hit Architectural Association in London next month. In this interview, she explains her vision for the influential school and her views on the problems facing architecture. The Catalan was elected as director of the Architectural Association (AA) in March this

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Creating Instagram moments “now part of architectural briefs” says Farshid Moussavi

Clients are now asking for projects to have strong Instagram appeal, according to architect Farshid Moussavi. “Creating Instagram moments has now become part of architectural briefs,” the London-based architect said, adding that her studio, Farshid Moussavi Architects, has been asked to create shareable features in buildings. The London-based architect made the comment on Instagram, where she posted

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“Poor communication skills” to blame for architecture’s problems, says Tom Dyckhoff

Writers Sam Jacob and Tom Dyckhoff have clashed over the way architects speak about their work, with Dyckhoff claiming obscure language is to blame for lack of public interest in the discipline and Jacob saying he is “sick” of people making this claim. The row started on Friday when Dyckhoff, a British writer and broadcaster,

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Humour, sarcasm and free pizza: our favourite GDPR emails from designers

Designers have been getting creative with their emails about GDPR, the new European Union-wide regulations that came into force today. Here are some of our favourites. Many emails about the data-protection laws have been pious, dull or cliche-ridden, such as efforts featuring a “Time is running out” message placed next to a gif of an

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Dezeen’s “mind-blowing” drone documentary Elevation premieres in New York

Dezeen’s documentary Elevation launched in New York earlier this week at a premiere attended by leading designers and architects. The 18-minute movie, which explains how drones will change architecture, cities and society, was shown for the first time at Public, Ian Schrager’s new hotel on the Lower East Side. Over 200 guests attended the screening, held

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Drones are “potentially as disruptive as the internet” according to Dezeen’s new documentary Elevation

Dezeen today releases a short documentary setting out how drones could revolutionise the way people travel, transform how buildings are designed and built, and radically alter the form cities take. Called Elevation, the 18-minute movie explores the impact autonomous flying vehicles will have on our lives, and discusses both the positive and negative implications of

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Theresa May praises UK architects at 10 Downing Street reception as artists slam schools policy

UK prime minister Theresa May highlighted the importance of creativity to the nation on a day when over 100 leading artists claimed government policies were putting the creative industries at risk. May spoke at a reception for the creative industries held at her 10 Downing Street residence yesterday, praising “not just the stars”, but also

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Unfettered capitalism “can solve the housing crisis” says Patrik Schumacher

Height restrictions, space standards and rent controls should be scrapped in order to solve the housing crisis, according to Zaha Hadid Architects’ principal Patrik Schumacher. Instead, market forces should be allowed to determine where and what type of housing is built, the architect argues. Schumacher sets out his thinking in an essay written for free-market

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Milan “will benefit from Brexit” as the city grows in confidence and status, say designers and critics

Milan is becoming a major cultural destination that could attract creative businesses away from London, according to leading figures in the city for its design week. Margriet Vollenberg, the Dutch curator behind the city’s Ventura Centrale and Venture Future exhibitions, said Milan was becoming a “world city”. “Brexit is an opportunity for Milan,” she said,

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UNStudio launches tech startup to drag architecture into “the age of the iPhone”

Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has launched UNSense, a startup that will develop technologies to make buildings healthier and cities smarter. The new company will explore ways to help the architecture and construction industries catch up with tech developments in other sectors. “We are living in the age of the iPhone, yet the architecture

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RIBA hosts event on diversity after being “stunned” by Dezeen’s gender survey

Dezeen has teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects to present a free evening event on Tuesday 6 March about improving gender diversity in architecture. The event, which welcomes both men and women, takes place at RIBA headquarters in central London. Taking place two days before International Women’s Day, it will include a

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Dezeen curates architecture trends microsite for CNN Style

Dezeen has teamed up with media giant CNN to curate a series of features about architecture trends derived from our Pinterest boards. Stories written by Dezeen about six trends have been published on a microsite on CNN Style, the media brand’s design magazine. The trends include super-skinny homes, floating architecture and extreme cantilevers. CNN Style

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Dezeen Hot List 2017: IKEA is the most newsworthy force in design, ahead of Muji and Peter Zumthor

Furniture and homewares brand IKEA has topped the 2017 Dezeen Hot List of the 500 people, brands and organisations our readers most wanted to read about this year. Retailer Muji takes second place while Peter Zumthor is the highest placed architect. Donald Trump has crashed into the top five of the list, which is compiled

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Female architects respond to gender survey: “It’s getting better but far too slowly”

After our survey revealed a lack of gender diversity in the world’s biggest architecture firms, five prominent female architects from the UK gave us their views on what’s gone wrong and how it can be changed. The survey, which looked at the 100 biggest firms from around the globe, revealed that only one in 10 senior

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Survey of top architecture firms reveals “quite shocking” lack of gender diversity at senior levels

Just three of the world’s 100 biggest architecture firms are headed by women and only two have management teams that are more than 50 per cent female, a survey by Dezeen has revealed. The survey found that women occupy just 10 per cent of the highest-ranking jobs at the world’s leading architecture firms, while 16

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Architects are suffering from “originality syndrome” and should copy more, says Winy Maas

Architects and designers are too obsessed with being original and should get over their aversion to copying others, according to a new book co-written by Winy Maas of MVRDV. Called Copy Paste, the book argues that the cult of uniqueness is slowing down innovation. “Instead of mocking the culture of copycats, design could learn better

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Demand for overseas architects booms in China’s “open and free climate”

China is emerging as a key destination for international architects, with experienced designers flocking to take up jobs in the country. China’s booming construction scene is fuelling the demand, with Chinese architecture studios keen to hire foreign talent both for domestic projects and for their growing work outside their home nation. “There are many foreign

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“We have to build in gold, silver, titanium and copper” says Édouard François

Architects should specify expensive materials including stainless steel and titanium for their buildings to ensure they are recycled afterwards, according to French architect Édouard François. François, a pioneer of green architecture, said that cheap construction materials get thrown away but pricier components would be salvaged. “To introduce this idea of recyclability we have to build

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Paris deputy mayor questions London’s approach to skyscrapers and public space

A project like London’s now-abandoned Garden Bridge would “never” happen in Paris, according to its deputy mayor, who has criticised the UK capital’s free-market approach to development. “We don’t accept to give the management of public space to the private sector,” said Jean-Louis Missika, who is responsible for architecture, urbanism and economic development in the

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Inequality caused by urban renewal is “the central crisis of capitalism” says Richard Florida

The revival of great urban centres including New York, Los Angeles and London has caused unprecedented inequality and has led to the populism of Donald Trump, according to Richard Florida. “I think this is the central crisis of capitalism,” Florida said in a video interview last week. “A very small group of cities and metropolitan areas

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Minimalism is an “expression of obsession” says The Girl Before author JP Delaney

The Girl Before, a psychological thriller set in a minimalist house, is one of this summer’s bestselling novels. Dezeen spoke to author JP Delaney about how obsessive architects “make for very interesting fiction”. The book, which is due to be turned into a movie by Cocoon and A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard, is set in

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“Don’t spend money you don’t have” and “don’t be afraid to be an asshole,” architects advised

Getting paid on time, finding time to have children and dealing with long-hours culture were among topics discussed by executives from BIG, Zaha Hadid Architects and Design Haus Liberty at a business talk hosted by Dezeen in London last month. “Don’t hand over your drawings if the client hasn’t paid,” was the first tip provided by BIG’s chief executive Sheela Maini

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“Don’t spend money you don’t have” and “don’t be afraid to be an asshole,” architects advise

Getting paid on time, finding time to have children and dealing with long-hours culture were among topics discussed by executives from BIG, Zaha Hadid Architects and Design Haus Liberty at a business talk hosted by Dezeen in London last month. “Don’t hand over your drawings if the client hasn’t paid,” was the first tip provided by BIG’s chief executive Sheela Maini

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Asian cities overtaking “impossible” London and “terrible” New York in urban design, says Winy Maas

“Monster cities” in Asia including Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta are racing ahead of western counterparts in terms of architectural vision and urban design quality, according to architect Winy Maas of MVRDV. Maas said that the dynamic mayors of Asian cities were driving dramatic improvements to transport, housing and public space in their cities to cope with

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“Architects should be more critical and visionary” says Ma Yansong

Architects have become too close to the commercial world and should instead be proposing visionary ideas for the future, according to Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD. The profession needs to learn from past movements including the modernists, the metabolists and deconstructivists, Yansong said, and form movements capable of influencing society. “Architecture in society today

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“The hotel industry is in denial about Airbnb” says Ian Schrager as Public hotel opens in New York

Legendary New York hotelier Ian Schrager has unveiled Public, a hotel concept designed by Herzog & de Meuron to counter the threat of Airbnb. The hotel, located at 215 Chrystie Street in New York’s Bowery district, offers luxury without frills as well as an emphasis on social activity – an aspect that the home-sharing rival

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Freedom Tower is a “missed opportunity” says Ian Schrager

The skyscraper that replaced the Twin Towers represents a missed chance to create great architecture, according to New York hotelier Ian Schrager. Schrager described One World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot-high (541 metres) tower designed by SOM, as a “missed opportunity”. “I’m not trying to diminish the architecture of the Freedom Tower, but I just think

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Drones will bring “profound change” change to architecture and cities, says Mark Dytham

Drones will transform the way buildings are designed, the way they look and the way they are used, according to architect Mark Dytham. Dytham, co-founder of Tokyo-based studio Klein Dytham Architecture, said that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would soon replace road transport for deliveries, meaning buildings would start “sprouting branches” for them to land on.

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Ten thousand IKEA refugee shelters left unused over fire fears, United Nations admits

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has mothballed 10,000 of IKEA’s award-winning refugee shelters over concerns about the product’s vulnerability to fire. Only 5,000 of the 15,000 shelters that UNHCR bought in 2015 have been deployed, meaning that two thirds of them, worth a total of $12,5 million, have yet to be used. The rest have remained in

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IKEA refugee shelter to be redesigned following safety fears and design flaws

Deployment of IKEA’s award-winning refugee shelter was put on hold due to concerns over a range of design issues including accessibility and fire risk, Dezeen has learned. Better Shelter, the social enterprise that produces the product, said a new version of the shelter was under development to address the issues and would be launched later this year. “Following

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Architect Cameron Sinclair to lead Airbnb’s humanitarian team

Home-sharing service Airbnb has assembled an in-house humanitarian team headed by architect Cameron Sinclair, to help it achieve its aim of providing temporary housing for 100,000 people within five years. Dezeen understands that Sinclair, who previously co-founded Architecture for Humanity and later worked for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian charity the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation,

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Turkey completes first phase of 900km wall along Syrian border

As Donald Trump prepares to build a wall between the USA and Mexico, Turkey has announced the completion of a three-metre high fortification along its border with Syria to prevent refugees and smugglers entering the country. The completed 556-kilometre section is the first phase of a structure that will eventually seal the entire 911-kilometre border between the two countries. The

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Royal Gold Medal winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha represents optimism in a time of pessimism, says Chipperfield

Sir David Chipperfield has accused politicians of lacking courage and vision at a time when “ideas and principles are under siege” and said architecture has become “contaminated by cynicism”. Speaking at the RIBA Royal Gold Medal dinner in London last night, Chipperfield praised the work of 2017 medal laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha, saying the

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Overseas architects “frantically trying to apply for UK citizenship” as Brexit looms

Almost half of all architects working in London come from overseas, according to a survey of practices conducted for Dezeen. The figures highlight the extent to which the architecture sector in the capital relies on foreign workers, with practices expressing fears over the implications of the Brexit vote on overseas staff. “We rely heavily on

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UK architects will still be able to pitch for public work in Europe after Brexit, RIBA says

Brexit will have “no impact” on the ability of UK architects and designers to pitch for public-sector commissions in Europe, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects. UK firms had expressed concern that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union would prevent them from tendering for work advertised in the Official Journal of the

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OMA offices around the world get “independent voice” says Rem Koolhaas

The international offices of Dutch architecture firm OMA have been given independence from the head office in Rotterdam, allowing founder Rem Koolhaas to concentrate on personal projects, the architect has explained. Speaking to Dezeen in Miami last month, the Dutch architect said that the six overseas offices would continue to carry the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) name

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Design “enhances our economy and our global reputation” says UK culture minister

UK culture minister Matt Hancock has praised the UK’s architects and designers, describing the sector as “vitally important to our future as an outward looking, creative nation”. The comments – the first in which the new minister has specifically highlighted the UK’s design sector – came after a dinner hosted by Dezeen and held at Second Home in

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Miami architecture finally addresses “visible and tangible impacts of sea-level rise”

Architects and developers working in Miami are belatedly responding to climate change, amid a growing sense of alarm over how rising sea levels are affecting the city. Design Miami chief creative officer Rodman Primack told Dezeen that climate change is “actually happening” in Miami while Vanity Fair’s architecture critic Paul Goldberger said rising sea levels

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“I was not completely surprised when Trump won” says Rem Koolhaas

An obsession with cities has masked profound changes in rural America that helped Donald Trump sweep to victory in the US presidential election, according to architect Rem Koolhaas. “I’m not saying that Trump was inevitable but the scale of upheaval in the centre of America made it very understandable for me that something else was going to happen,” the founder

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Designers and architects describe “shock” in their offices after Brexit vote

Brexit design summit: how has the EU referendum affected the UK’s architects and designers and what will Brexit mean for the sector? Dezeen convened a summit of leading practitioners, retailers, writers and lawyers to discuss the implications and explore what action can be taken. On Wednesday last week, one month after the UK went to the polls More

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UK needs infrastructure spending to succeed after Brexit, says Sadie Morgan

Brexit crisis: architect and government adviser Sadie Morgan has called on the UK government to stick to its infrastructure investment plans as it prepares to leave the European Union. Her call comes amid fears that costly spending on railways, roads and airports could be axed as a result of the EU referendum vote. “We need to More

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Heatherwick appointed to design new stand for Fulham FC

London football club Fulham FC has appointed Thomas Heatherwick to redesign part of its stadium and create “an iconic landmark on the banks of the River Thames”. Heatherwick Studio will lead the overhaul of the Riverside stand at Craven Cottage, the club’s west London home since 1896. Heatherwick was personally chosen by Shahid Khan, the owner More

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Soho House considers move into co-living market and hires Tadao Ando for Tokyo members club

Private members club Soho House is considering expanding into the fast-growing co-living market, according to founder Nick Jones. “We’re looking,” Jones told Dezeen, who also revealed that Japanese superstar architect Tadao Ando is designing the group’s latest outpost in Tokyo. “We’re looking at the possibility of moving to an upgraded student living idea,” said Jones, More

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Trademark protection will cost more after Brexit says intellectual property lawyer

Brexit crisis: UK design firms will likely pay more to protect their designs and miss out on new EU-wide patents if the country leaves the European Union, according to a leading intellectual property law firm. European Union design and trademark rights “would almost certainly cease to be effective in the UK” if the country left the EU, according to More

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Design firms should “relocate their operations to the EU” if Brexit talks fail, says lawyer

EU referendum: creative businesses in the UK should consider relocating to the EU in the wake of Brexit, according to a lawyer who advises design and fashion companies. Moving would allow these businesses to get round trade barriers that could be erected if the UK fails to negotiate access to the single market, said Annabelle Gauberti, partner at law More

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Designers should demand new policies to “make the best” of Brexit, says Rohan Silva

EU referendum: architects and designers in the UK should stop complaining about the outcome of the EU referendum and instead start fighting for better post-Brexit policies for their industry, according to a former senior policy adviser to the government. Last week’s vote to take the UK out of the European Union could prove to be a boost More

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Parthenon could be moved to London, says RCA graduate Kit Stiby Harris

Graduate shows 2016: architecture graduate Kit Stiby Harris has proposed relocating the “fake” Parthenon from Athens to the British Museum in London. This would allow the 2,500-year-old structure to be reunited with the Elgin Marbles – decorative stone sculptures from the Parthenon’s facade that are controversially kept at the London museum – while raising money to fund More

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Kunlé Adeyemi’s floating school posed “danger to the kids,” headmaster claims

A row has broken out over architect Kunlé Adeyemi’s award-winning Makoko Floating School following its collapse earlier this week, with a community leader in Lagos claiming pupils were evacuated three months ago over safety concerns and architecture critics questioning its credentials. Noah Shemede, headmaster of a nearby school whose pupils made use of the water-borne facilities, told More

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ArDe design fair at Somerset House cancelled due to lack of sponsors

The ArDe architecture and design fair, which was due to open at Somerset House in London this week, has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship. The fair, which was due to open to the public on Wednesday, was quietly shelved a couple of weeks ago when exhibitors were informed via email, Dezeen understands. “It More

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Alejandro Zaera-Polo sues Princeton University for libel following plagiarism row

Architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo has filed a lawsuit against Princeton University for libel and breach of contract, after he was asked to step down as head of its architecture school over allegations of plagiarism. The architect, who was head of Princeton University School of Architecture until his forced departure, is claiming damages and legal costs against his former More

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Micro apartments could help cities retain their diversity says Ian Schrager

The booming market for luxury apartments in New York “is an issue” that could damage the city, according to hotelier and real-estate developer Ian Schrager – and micro apartments could be the solution. Speaking to Dezeen, Schrager said that the influx of rich people into New York and other cities threatened their diversity. “I do think More

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Architecture and design “can support or even change company culture” says Haworth research

Haworth white papers: workplace culture is the most important factor to take into account when designing office spaces, according to research by Haworth. The research, contained in a white paper produced by the US office furniture giant, found that organisational culture is a more important consideration than efficiency and performance when it comes to office More

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Video games will become “new tools” to solve architecture’s global challenges

Video games will become an increasingly important tool for designing cities, according to Los Angeles architect and game developer Jose Sanchez (+ movie). Sanchez, who this week launches a neighbourhood-building simulator called Block’hood, said games could help both professionals and the public understand the challenges of contemporary cities. “As architects, we have been trained to think More

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Minority Report designer Alex McDowell applies filmmaking techniques to refugee-camp design

Design Indaba 2016: a design technique used on feature films including Minority Report, The Terminal and Man of Steel is being applied to refugee camps in an attempt to develop more human-centric settlements. Production designer Alex McDowell is exploring how the “World Building” technique he developed while working on Hollywood movies could be used to develop More

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SelgasCano’s Louisiana Pavilion to be reused as a school in Kenya’s Kibera slum

A pavilion designed by architects SelgasCano for a Copenhagen art museum is being transported to a Nairobi slum, where it will serve as a school for 600 pupils (+ slideshow). The Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion has been packed in shipping containers and is on its way to Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa, where it will More

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Claesson Koivisto Rune unveils new business concept for entrepreneurial designers

Business news: Swedish architecture and design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has developed a new business model that allows designers to earn 75 per cent of the proceeds of their products, rather than the standard royalty of five per cent or less. CKR will launch the concept at Stockholm Design Week next week along with a collection of objects More

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Royal Gold Medal for Zaha Hadid was “totally overdue” says RIBA president

The Royal Institute of British Architects has acted “to right a 180-year wrong” by giving its highest honour to a woman, the body’s president has said. Jane Duncan made the remark in a speech at a ceremony at RIBA headquarters in London last night, where architect Zaha Hadid became the first woman ever to win More

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Lack of recognition for entrepreneurial designers is “a huge lost opportunity”

Business news: UK creatives such as architect Zaha Hadid and designer Thomas Heatherwick are not given the recognition they deserve as business pioneers, according to the founder of a new website to help creative startups. Carolyn Dailey, who this week launches the Creative Entrepreneurs online resource, said she had the idea after noticing that tech entrepreneurs get far more More

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Peter Cook pans “awful” redevelopment of Kings Cross

World Architecture Festival 2015: architect Peter Cook has attacked the redevelopment of Kings Cross in London, describing the huge regeneration scheme as “boring, unbelievable, really dour”. Speaking on the first day of the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, Cook told the audience he was “embarrassed” by the 67-acre redevelopment. “It’s awful, boring, boring stuff,” he […]

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Zaha Hadid is “resentful and wronged” says Stephen Bayley

Design critic Stephen Bayley has attacked architect Zaha Hadid, describing her as aggressive, intractable and bitter. Writing for The Spectator last week, Bayley rounded on Hadid after she terminated a BBC radio interview when the interviewer questioned her about problems with her stadium projects in Tokyo and Qatar. “Listeners may have formed opinions of their […]

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Student-style accommodation for adults “is going to be the next market” says Naomi Cleaver

Student-style accommodation with communal facilities could help solve London’s housing crisis and regenerate urban centres around the country, according to interior designer and TV presenter Naomi Cleaver. Cleaver, who has designed numerous student accommodation projects including iQ Shoreditch in London, said that offering similar rental accommodation could provide city-centre accommodation for adults who are unable to […]

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Crowdfunding platforms are “changing the game” for public architecture projects

Crowdfunding represents a “huge opportunity” for architects looking to get public projects off the ground, according to the team behind the latest infrastructure project to seek funding on Kickstarter. “A lot of people see the potential of crowdfunding to get the public involved in a project the public will use,” said Sophie Paton, part of […]

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Dezeen’s ten most popular stories about design with balloons

Our most visited story last week was about an installation of 100,000 white balloons at Covent Garden in London. Stories about the child-friendly inflatables are always popular on Dezeen so we’ve assembled our all-time top ten balloon posts, including a bridge, an airship and a levitating bench. Passing Cloud by Tiago Barros Most popular ever is this not-entirely serious […]

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Today we like: architecture in Singapore

Today is National Day in Singapore, which is celebrating 50 years since of independence. To mark the occasion, here are all our stories about contemporary architecture in the country, including the spectacular Marina Bay Sands hotel (pictured), the National Stadium with its record-breaking domed roof and the iconic Gardens by the Bay conservatories. See all our stories about […]

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Zaha Hadid Architects embraces America as China turns against “weird architecture”

Business news: overseas architects are finding it more difficult to win work in China, according to Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher, as the economy slows down and the government tries to promote local talent. “I feel that there is this attempt by the Chinese leadership to try to make itself more independent and rely […]

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Today we like: kinetic architecture and moving buildings

This week Bjarke Ingels unveiled plans to enliven Battersea Power Station with electric sparks (after designing a power plant that blows smoke rings) while Henning Larsen completed a building with a moving facade. Here’s a reminder of all our stories about architecture that moves, including a building that flaps its wings like a giant insect and a house with […]

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Bjarke Ingels could turn Battersea Power Station’s chimneys into sparking Tesla coils

Architect Bjarke Ingels has unveiled plans to turn the chimneys at Battersea Power Station in London into giant sparking Tesla coils, powered by pedestrians passing through a public square beside the historic building. Ingels explained the idea in a lecture at the Royal Academy in London last night, where he delivered the annual architecture lecture. “We’re […]

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Six football stadiums designed by Herzog & de Meuron (and one Bird’s Nest)

With Herzog & de Meuron’s proposed revamp of Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium unveiled this week, Dezeen looks at all the stadiums designed by the Swiss firm, which is headed by avid football fan and regular player Jacques Herzog. London: plans for the rebuilding of Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC, were shown to the public this […]

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