Oskar Zieta inflates steel to create Daliowa island pavilion in Poland

Polish designer Oskar Zieta has created a public sculpture in Wrocław using an inflated steel technique he plans to use for larger works of architecture. The Nawa pavilion is installed on Daliowa, one of many small islands in the Oder River where it runs through Wrocław. The reflective, undulating structure — composed of 35 metal

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Carlo Ratti and Sidewalk Labs collaborate to build reconfigurable Dynamic Street

Italian architect Carlo Ratti and Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs have worked together on a modular paving system that can change the use of a street throughout the day. Dynamic Street is a prototype paver developed by Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) alongside Sidewalk Labs — the urbanism-focused subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet. The system of

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ETH Zurich casts intricate metal facade in 3D-printed moulds

Students from ETH Zurich have pioneered a method of casting complex, one-off architectural structures from metal in 3D-printed moulds. Deep Facade, a six-metre-high aluminium structure with ribbons of metal looped in an organic fashion that recalls the folds of the brain’s cerebral cortex, is the first metal facade cast in 3D-printed moulds. The facade was

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Nano-robots have built the world’s smallest house

French researchers from the Femto-ST Institute have used nano-robots to assemble the world’s smallest house, which stands just 0.015 millimetres high. The tiny house, which has a footprint of 0.02 millimetres by 0.01 millimetres, is around half a million times smaller than a regular two-storey house. Sitting on the top of an optical fibre the house has a

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Stackable Playscapes system transforms empty lots into playgrounds

Two Jordanian architects have devised a modular, easy-to-assemble system of street furniture to bring ad-hoc playgrounds to cities, refugee camps and other environments lacking in public space. Sarah Abdul Majid and Sandra Hiari designed the Playscapes system for use in their own hometown of Amman, where public parks are scarce. The system is made up of

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Glowing polycarbonate “lighthouse” designed to rejuvenate industrial stretch of River Thames

London-based studios DK-CM and The Decorators created this pop-up polycarbonate events space to test the waters for long-term cultural programming in the Thames-side town of Erith. The pavilion is located on the waterfront of Erith, a town on the outskirts of Greater London in the borough of Bexley. Made of pink and blue polycarbonate, the Erith Lighthouse

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Apple Park employees revolt over having to work in open-plan offices

Some Apple workers hate the open-plan layout of their new Foster + Partners-designed campus so much they might quit, according to reports circulating around Silicon Valley. A $5 billion (£3.8 billion) development eight years in the making, the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California began welcoming the tech giant’s employees in April. The remaining employees

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UK government calls for industry input on post-Brexit immigration system

Design bodies are consulting their members on what the UK’s immigration policy should look like post-Brexit, after the government invited business sectors to submit their views on the subject. Home secretary Amber Rudd announced at the end of last week that she was tasking the Migration Advisory Committee with gathering evidence on the impacts of

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Norway scraps plans for controversial memorial near site of 2011 Utøya terrorist attack

Plans to cut a “wound” into a Norwegian peninsula in memory of the victims of terrorist Anders Breivik have been abandoned following years of opposition from locals. The Memory Wound memorial, by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg, was intended to commemorate the 77 people who died in the 22 July 2011 attacks, which centred on a

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Grenfell Tower fire triggers emergency safety review across UK’s 4,000 high-rises

The UK government has launched an emergency review of the country’s high-rise apartments following the Grenfell Tower fire, with cabinet minister Sajid Javid saying residents of similar buildings could be rehoused for their safety. The communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC Breakfast programme this morning that an emergency fire safety review

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UK election result should spell end for hard Brexit, says Creative Industries Federation

The UK has woken up to news of a hung parliament, prompting the Creative Industries Federation to say there is no mandate for a hard Brexit. Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost seats in yesterday’s general election, falling short of an overall majority in parliament. May had called the snap election in April on the grounds

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Nendo looks to ancient Japanese tombs for first landscape architecture project

Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo has now moved into urban design, unveiling its massive CoFuFun plaza near Kyoto. The plaza – located outside of Tenri Station in Japan’s Nara prefecture – is the studio’s largest architecture project after its renovation of the Siam Discovery shopping centre in Bangkok last year. It is also Nendo’s first

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All-pink Silent Room creates quiet sanctuary beside a Beirut highway

Lebanese designer Nathalie Harb created this pavilion for Beirut Design Week to give residents of the city access to silence. The pink wooden structure, dubbed the Silent Room, sits on a parking lot beside a busy highway in Beirut. It is intended to provide residents and visitors with a “cocoon-like environment” to escape the surrounding

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Bartlett students propose self-supporting pavilion made from felt

A group of MAarch students from the Bartlett School of Architecture have devised a method of turning felt into load-bearing structures that they hope to build into an fabric pavilion. The Flextiles project focused on developing a design system using a composite of felt fibres and expandable foam for reinforcement. Students Noura Mheid, Hameda Janahi,

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Dyson to open second UK campus as “a global hub for our research and development”

British engineer and inventor James Dyson has announced he is increasing his brand’s UK presence tenfold with the opening of a second campus. Dyson made the announcement today at the company’s global headquarters on the outskirts of Malmesbury, a historic market town in Wiltshire, southwest England. The new campus will sit on 517 acres of

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Jaime Hayon mashes up architectural styles for Stockholm Furniture Fair pavilion

Spanish designer Jaime Hayón is making forays into architecture, with this pop-up pavilion at the Stockholm Furniture Fair and a more large-scale project in the pipeline. The pavilion is in place to host the Hayón DNA gallery, a mini retrospective of Hayón’s work. The designer is the guest of honour at this year’s Stockholm Furniture

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The Climate Tile by Tredje Natur aims to stop cities flooding

A new type of modular tile promises to help reduce flooding in cities hit by increased rainfall due to climate change. The streets of Copenhagen will be a testing ground for the Climate Tile, which was created by Danish architecture studio Tredje Natur and has been in development since 2014. Designed to be used alongside

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Swirling brick circles form back garden for South London Gallery

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco has worked with 6a Architects to create a sculptural garden paved in a pattern of interconnected circles for the South London Gallery. The community-focused gallery, located in the London area of Camberwell, was previously renovated and extended by 6a Architects in 2010. The new back garden is intended give the gallery’s

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Nimtim creates sunny London house extension to adapt to young couple’s changing needs

A yellow and white colour scheme finishes this London house extension by Nimtim Architects, which is shortlisted in 2017’s Don’t Move, Improve! competition. The British practice added a large but simple square extension to the rear of the property, a ground-level Victorian flat located in London’s Herne Hill. To cater to the changing and unpredicatable

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10 of the best cabins in the Canadian woods

The US election result has driven some Americans to search for a way out across the northern border – so many that the website for Canadian Immigration has been crashing from demand. For those keeping that daydream alive, here are ten cabins in Canada that would be perfect to escape to. From a 1970s-style ski

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Stepped shelving creates extra storage in Bookshelf House by Andrea Mosca

Stepped bookshelves help to divide and characterise this house just outside of Paris, renovated by Italian architect Andrea Mosca. Mosca designed the interior for a family of five, who were enamoured with the room-length bookshelf at a friend’s house, where they were staying during the remodelling. He made the element a feature of the home, which he

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Muji to test prefab house by letting a competition winner live in it for free

Japanese design brand Muji has revealed the prototype for its latest prefab house, which it will test by having a competition winner move in rent-free for two years (+ movie). Located in the seaside city of Kamakura in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, the ready-constructed dwelling is named the Window House after the assortment of frameless openings More

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Wall-climbing mini robots build “entirely new structures” from carbon fibre

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have devised a new method of construction using mini robots that they claim is cheap, fast and can create structures that would otherwise be impossible to build (+ movie). Instead of using one or two large robots, the university’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD) has developed a carbon-fibre fabrication method that More

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Today we like: tiny homes

As housing crises grip several of our global cities, architects and designers are getting creative with ever smaller spaces. We’re celebrating their ingenuity with some of the best examples of micro homes and apartments from our archives, including petite cabins in the woods, an apartment that fits in just 13 square metres, and a narrow More

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Brexit will not damage the creative industries, says UK culture secretary

Brexit crisis: creative businesses in the UK will “continue to thrive” after Brexit, according to the secretary of state for culture. The Brexit vote to leave the EU will not affect the sector, which is growing three times faster than the rest of the economy according to latest figures, the minister said. “The Creative Industries are More

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Architects and designers share Brexit anger with protest Instagrams

Brexit crisis: British architects and designers were among tens of thousands of people to protest against a UK exit from the European Union in London on Saturday. Organisers put the number of attendees at the demonstration at 50,000, while the Metropolitan Police’s estimated it was closer to 30,000. A video posted by Edmund Sumner (@edmundsumner) More

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Creative Industries Federation plans urgent Brexit crisis events

Brexit crisis: the Creative Industries Federation is organising a series of emergency sessions to prepare the UK’s design sector for Brexit, saying “if it is going to happen, we need to mitigate the consequences”. Creative Industries Federation (CIF) chief executive John Kampfner told Dezeen that the body wanted to help creative businesses come to terms with More

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Today we like: meditation spaces

Today is International Yoga Day, organised by the United Nations to promote worldwide cooperation and harmony through the popular physical, mental and spiritual practice. To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up some of the most serene meditation spaces we’ve featured on Dezeen – including a wooden room that cantilevers across a lake and the bamboo forest standing More

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Six examples of fabric-cast concrete that are breaking the mould

Pouring concrete into fabric moulds allows designers to create dramatic, sculptural shapes that could soon be used for architectural structures. We’ve selected six of the most interesting examples, including a new casting technique using robots. The fabric casting of concrete involves pouring cement into a textile mould, usually held in shape by a wooden frame. More

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UK creatives reject Brexit, according to poll

A survey of the UK’s Creative Industries Federation members has shown that 96 per cent are in favour of remaining in the European Union. Only four per cent of the membership organisation sided with the leave campaign, which would see a British exit – also known as Brexit – from the EU following the referendum More

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