Sam Coulton designs environmentally friendly cemetery that would slowly dye London blue

Bartlett School of Architecture student Sam Coulton has designed a concept for a sustainable alternative to cremation to help Londoners confront death. Called London Physic Gardens: A New London Necropolis, Coulton’s proposal, which he created on his MAarch course at the Bartlett, involves building a new city of the dead where Chelsea’s pleasure gardens once stood. Here,

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Toto presents the work of Japanese architects and students

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

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Anime Architecture exhibition showcases the fictional worlds created for Japan’s animated movies

The highly detailed drawings used to create the backdrops of animated Japanese movies like Ghost in the Shell are the focus of a new exhibition in London. Currently on show at House of Illustration, Anime Architecture pays tribute to the artists and designers behind some of the best-loved anime films, from Akira to Patlabor: The Movie, and Metropolis. These creative

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Bartlett student Damien Assini suggests replacing HS2 railway with zero-carbon towns

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Damien Assini has proposed that the UK government reallocates funds from the proposed HS2 railway, and instead creates a natural landscape incorporating carbon-free modular housing and a green economy. Assini’s project is called Re-imagination of the HS2, and is based on skepticism uncovered in his research about the potential benefits of the

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“A golden age of architectural drawing awaits”

The advent of 3D-modelling software may not spell the end for architectural drawing after all, says Owen Hopkins. Architectural drawing is in crisis, one that’s arguably been brewing since the 1980s, with the advent of the first commercially available CAD packages and the new freedoms for the screen. Yet, the real revolution came with the arrival of

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Frank Gehry’s early drawings and sketches acquired by LA’s Getty Research Institute

The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has acquired an archive of work by architect Frank Gehry that spans his first 30 years in practice. Announced yesterday, the part purchase, part gift includes a comprehensive overview of projects from the start of the 88-year-old Canadian-American architect’s career. “Frank Gehry is undoubtedly the world’s most famous

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Dan Hogman’s architectural sketches “capture the essence” of their subjects

Architect, photographer and artist Dan Hogman has chosen 12 favourites from his collection of ink sketches depicting buildings and streetscapes. San Francisco-based Hogman’s drawings give Architectural Graphics author Francis Ching a run for his money. Many of his illustrations are drawn from life, when he spends only 15-20 minutes on each to “capture the essence

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Marta Colmenero illustrates brutalist landmarks around the world

Spanish designer Marta Colmenero has created a set of illustrations that capture the concrete forms of brutalist architecture across the globe. The series features some of the world’s best-known brutalist buildings, from Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 to Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation. Commissioned by insurance comparison site Go Compare for its Concrete Feats microsite, Colmenero has illustrated

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Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s surrealist utopian paintings feature in London exhibition

Monolithic volumes against gradated backgrounds and staircases that lead to nowhere are depicted in the architectural paintings of Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo, which are set to go on show in London next month. Ghadyanloo’s solo Spaces of Hope exhibition is organised by Shoreditch-based Howard Griffin Gallery, and will take place at the Ambika P3 space

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Sci-fi landscape illustrations accompany winning story in architectural fairytale competition

Gravity-defying megastructures are inserted into landscapes in artworks by Ukranian architect Mykhailo Ponomarenko, who claimed first place in a competition to create an architectural fairytale. Ponomarenko was announced as the winner of the Fairy Tales 2017 competition during a ceremony at Washington DC’s National Building Museum earlier this week. Now in its fourth year, the competition

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Zaha Hadid’s early paintings to go on show at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

An exhibition of abstract paintings and drawings by late architect Zaha Hadid is to be hosted at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London.  Calligraphy and sketches from the architect’s notebooks will be included in the show, which opens on 8 December and brings together work that dates back to the 1970s. The focus of the Zaha Hadid Early Paintings and

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Marco Maycotte designs pleasure garden to become “the Las Vegas of Scandinavia”

Graduate shows 2016: the town of Vejle in Denmark is transformed into a pleasure garden in the spirit of Peter Pan’s Neverland in this design by Aarhus School of Architecture graduate Marco Maycotte (+ slideshow). According to Maycotte, the escape mentality that features in JM Barrie’s popular novel could be applied to real life. His proposal is to More

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Ohyun Kwon proposes megastructure to house 1,400 creatives in Seoul

Graduate shows 2016: a gridded megastructure contains a creative workforce of 1,400 in this proposal by Royal College of Art graduate Ohyun Kwon to address the housing crisis in the South Korean capital. Entitled Short-term Housing for New Labour in Seoul, the project proposes an alternative to the so-called “gosiwon” – the low-cost, month-to-month rental rooms occupied by city workers with unreliable employment. Instead, it suggests More

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Steven McCloy presents a futuristic vision for the European Union ahead of the UK referendum

Architecture student Steven McCloy has reimagined the European Union as a nomadic organisation that moves to a new city every five years. The conceptual project, entitled European Union: The Gardens of Fantastica, imagines the EU as a moving institution, able to transform the economy and infrastructure of every city it visits. It aims to remove the stigma around the idea of More

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Evan Wakelin uses architectural collages to depict the fragmented identities of migrants

Graduate shows 2016: architecture student Evan Wakelin has produced drawings that juxtapose the old and new homes of migrants in Toronto, to convey the emotional and physical upheaval these people experience (+ slideshow). Wakelin’s thesis research project is part of his ongoing studies at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, where he is enrolled on the Master More

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Paul Eis uses Instagram to give German architecture a colourful makeover

Photo essay: keen to embark on career in architecture, young German student Paul Eis has been documenting the buildings of Berlin and Hamburg, but adapting them with bright colours (+ slideshow). Eis, 18, uses the Instagram account the_architecture_photographer, to present his images, which have all been stripped of their context, updated with a new colour palette and superimposed over a vibrant More

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Eerie sci-fi story by Olson Kundig wins architecture fairytale competition

Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects has won first place in a competition to create an architectural fairytale, with its story about a dead architect who is resurrected and dropped into a futuristic urban landscape. The contest asks designers to write a fictional story and produce accompanying visuals. Titled Welcome to the 5th Facade, the winning More

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Estudio Extramuros creates 100 architectural illustrations over 100 days

Young Spanish architects Fabiola Muñoz and Carlos León have spent 100 days creating a series of 100 illustrations, featuring art and architecture by Sou Fujimoto, Peter Zumthor, Gordon Matta-Clark and more (+ slideshow). The Seville-based pair, who call themselves Estudio Extramuros, took it in turns to create one drawing a day and shared the results on More

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Lateral Office redesigns the Canadian campsite for the 21st century

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: Toronto studio Lateral Office has developed five city-inspired proposals for campsites suited to 21st-century lifestyles (+ slideshow). Instead of the typical arrangement of single tents scattered around a site, the architects believe camping areas can offer more to their occupants, from digital technology, to improved safety and sustainable living. “An architect should speculate and […]

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Risk Theme Park is a conceptual high-rise featuring floods, fires and climbing hazards

Royal College of Art graduate Soon-min Hong has designed a theme park where, instead of rides, the attractions include opportunities to get caught up in a whirlpool or evacuate a burning building. The Risk Theme Park – unveiled this week at the opening of the London school’s end of year show – is an architectural proposal intended […]

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Cloud-shaped campsite designed to float among the trees of a Colorado valley

Tasked with designing a Colorado campsite with unique views, architect Kevin Hirth produced these dreamlike illustrations depicting a cloud-shaped viewing platform floating amongst the trees. The client – described by Denver-based Kevin Hirth as eccentric – requested a design that would provide overnight guests with an unprecedented vantage point over her extensive property, which is located […]

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Jan Kaplický’s futuristic drawings go on show at London’s Architectural Association

Collages and sketches of designs by the late architect and Future Systems founder Jan Kaplický have been collected together for an exhibition at the Architectural Association in London (+ slideshow). Entitled Jan Kaplický Drawings, the exhibition brings together preliminary sketches and collages produced between 1970 and 1999 by the Czech architect. Related story: Tchoban Foundation exhibits fantastical drawings by Lebbeus Woods […]
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