Dezeen’s top 10 architecture and design quotes of 2017

Dezeen’s digital director Olivia Mull picks the quotes that sum up the year in architecture and design, covering topics from the industry’s gender imbalance to the political power of costume design. “There is a quiet uprising that has been started” – Ane Crabtree The adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale was one

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10 buildings worth visiting during Open House London this weekend

It’s Open House London this weekend, meaning hundreds of buildings that are usually inaccessible to the public are throwing open their doors. Here’s a look at 10 properties worth braving the early morning queues for. Dezeen is media partner for Open House London, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. For two days, over 800 buildings

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Drone footage captures Zaha Hadid’s mountaintop museum in South Tyrol

This video shot by drone captures the late Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum, which is half buried into the peak of an Alpine mountain in Italy. The footage offers a drone’s eye view of the large volumes of the museum, which appear to burst through the rockface of Mount Kronplatz at 2,275 metres above sea level. Dezeen commissioned videographer Alaïa Fonk to

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New Burkina Faso parliament building “responds to needs of the people” says Diébédo Francis Kéré

Movie: in this exclusive Dezeen movie, Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains how he is rebuilding his country’s National Assembly to be “more than just a simple parliament building”. In 2014, the Burkina Faso parliament building was set ablaze during the country’s revolution, putting an end to 31 years of dictatorial rule. Kéré is now leading the scheme

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Architecture Foundation launches free app guide to London’s best buildings

The Architecture Foundation has launched a free app that maps the location of over 1,100 historic and contemporary buildings in London, and provides a brief overview of their architectural significance. The app – named Guide to the Architecture of London – expands on a book originally published by architects Edward Jones and Christopher Woodward in

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School children design and build green den with moving walls for Hull allotment

Architectural educationalists Matt+Fiona worked with school pupils in the city of Hull to design and build a classroom with pivoting walls on their allotment. The green timber pavilion was created as part of the Made in Oakfield project, which was devised by architect Matthew Springett and educator Fiona MacDonald. It allowed pupils aged between 11 and 16

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Royal College of Art launches masters degrees in environmental architecture and city design

Dezeen promotion: London’s RCA has launched two new 15-month MA programmes in environmental architecture and city design starting in September 2017. The university – recently named the world’s top design school for the third year running – is now accepting applications for MA City Design and MA Environmental Architecture. The MA City Design course is aimed

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10 architecture studios reveal the stories behind their bizarre names

Naming your studio after the directors’ surnames is so last century. Today’s architects go under weird and wonderful monikers such as Design, Bitches, 5468796 Architecture and G///bang. We asked some of the most oddly named studios how they got their names. Design, Bitches In 2010, architects Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph entered an AIALA competition questioning

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Dezeen’s top 10 architecture and design quotes of 2016

Dezeen managing editor Olivia Mull picks the quotes that sum up the year in architecture and design, covering untimely deaths, Patrik Schumacher’s calls to scrap social housing, and Kanye West’s foray into flat-pack furniture. “Architecture is not a medium of personal expression for me” – Zaha Hadid In February, just a month before her unexpected death, Zaha

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Serpentine Summer Houses put up for sale on The Modern House

The four Summer Houses built to accompany BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion have been listed for sale through architecture-led estate agent The Modern House. The temple-inspired structures – built alongside for the pavilion for the first time this year – were designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, Berlin studio Barkow Leibinger, Paris-based architect Yona Friedman and British architect Asif More

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“Zaha stood out from the start” says son of former AA head

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: Zaha Hadid was “part of a mini-rebellion” as a student at London’s Architectural Association, setting the tone for the career that followed, says Nicholas Boyarsky, son of former AA director Alvin Boyarsky. In this exclusive interview, he shares some of the drawings from his father’s collection, and remembers growing up under Hadid’s More

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Japanese architects have rejected the starchitect system says MoMA curator

Contemporary Japanese architects have created “a legacy with more consistency” than the famous names that dominate architecture elsewhere, says the curator of a major new MoMA exhibition (+ slideshow). MoMA’s show, which is titled A Japanese Constellation, focuses on the work of three generations of Japanese architects, including Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima and SANAA, and Sou Fujimoto. More

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“Birth” of Brutalist Barbican Estate documented in Peter Bloomfield’s construction photos

Photographer Peter Bloomfield spent four years behind-the-scenes on the construction site of London’s Barbican Estate, documenting the iconic Brutalist development as it “emerged from its chrysalis of scaffolding” (+ slideshow). The post-war complex, designed in the 1950s by British firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, was under construction through the 60s and 70s. It was officially More

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British architecture needs mavericks more than ever, says Royal Academy exhibition curator

Nonconformists have a crucial role in shaping British architecture, says the curator of a new Royal Academy exhibition on the work of 12 “maverick” architects. The exhibition Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture is on show at London’s Royal Academy. In the gallery and accompanying book, curator Owen Hopkins presents an alternative history of More

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RIBA’s Creation from Catastrophe exhibition showcases the world’s best disaster-relief projects

A new exhibition about radical projects to rebuild communities in the aftermath of disasters points to the “changing role of architects in society”, says its curator (+ slideshow). Creation from Catastrophe at London’s Royal Institute of British Architects focuses on the way cities and communities have been reimagined by architects in the aftermath of natural and manmade disasters. Curator Jes Fernie More

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BIG’s mountain-shaped resort in Taiwan is aimed at retired holidaymakers from China

The first holiday home has been built at the BIG-designed Hualien Residences in Taiwan, a resort development for retirees that still want active vacations (+ slideshow). The 1,000-square-metre house is the first building on the site, which is five kilometres south of Hualien City, between the ocean and mountains. According to BIG, Hualein is experiencing a population decline with many of its younger […]

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Postmodern architecture: No 1 Poultry, London, by James Stirling

Pomo summer: the last project in our Postmodernism season is by one of Britain’s greatest architects. With its distinctive stripy facade, rounded clock tower and colourful courtyard, No 1 Poultry was James Stirling’s last completed building, but is currently the focus of a preservations battle involving some of the world’s best-known architects (+ slideshow). Built on a […]

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Drawings from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh archive show his “exceptional draughtsmanship”

The curator of a new exhibition of drawings by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh has selected six works for Dezeen, explaining how he used his drawing skills as “a valuable promotional tool”. The drawings include an 1897 elevation of Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh’s best known work and “Glasgow’s Parthenon”, according to curator Pamela Robertson. […]

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White concrete cultural centre by DRDH nestles up against a Norwegian harbour

White concrete surfaces vary from matte to polished on the walls of this library and concert hall, completed by London studio DRDH on the waterfront of Bodø, Norway (+ slideshow). The project to design the new £110 million cultural centre was won by DRDH, run by Daniel Rosbottom and David Howarth, in 2009. The buildings, together named Stormen (Storm), […]

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Brutalist buildings: National Theatre, London by Denys Lasdun

Brutalism: Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre – one of London’s best-known and most divisive Brutalist buildings – is a layered concrete landscape that Prince Charles once described as being like “a nuclear power station”. Completed in 1976, the Royal National Theatre stands on the South Bank of the Thames, just downstream of Waterloo bridge. It is formed […]

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