Cody Seipp imagines Detroit as Amazon’s “hyper-designed” headquarters

Detroit is taken over by Amazon in architecture student Cody Seipp’s conceptual project, which envisions the US city in 2051 following a major redevelopment orchestrated by the retail giant. Created by Seipp as his final project at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Expo ’51 Detroit imagines the US city 33 years after it was acquired

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“Climate Gentrification theory illustrates the ethical problems facing architects”

Architects must consider not just the environmental, but the social and economic repercussions of building in places at risk from climate change, urges Jesse M Keenan, co-author of a recent study into Climate Gentrification. Every designer knows what a sh%tshow is. It is that project that takes on a life of its own. You aren’t

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Climate Gentrification theory suggests rich are moving to higher, low-income neighbourhoods

Climate change is causing waves of gentrification in the cities most vulnerable to rising sea levels, as the wealthy move to poorer areas with a lower risk of flooding, according to a recent study. Coined Climate Gentrification, the theory and its potential affects on urban migration are outlined in a research paper written by Jesse

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MoMA exhibits Bodys Isek Kingelez’s fantastical models of African metropoles

New York’s Museum of Modern Art is exhibiting the “extreme maquettes” of late Congolese sculptor Bodys Isek Kingelez, who modelled futuristic African cities with recycled cardboard, colourful paper and Coca-Cola cans. Located on the museum’s third floor, Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams is the first US retrospective of work by the architect, sculptor and artist. It displays

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“It takes 40 or 50 years to update an industrial landscape. We want to speed that up,” says Sidewalk Labs urban planner

After disrupting our online activities, Google’s parent company now wants to disrupt how cities work. Dezeen spoke to Rohit Aggarwala, head of urban systems at Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, as it gears up to redevelop a major chunk of Toronto. Aggarwala’s team is building an experimental new district in Canada’s largest city, where the latest technologies

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“Casablanca presents one of the best models of modernism”

The cohesive core of Casablanca, Morocco, is unmatched by few city centres and shows how modernism can be used to its full potential on a large scale, says recent visitor Aaron Betsky. At the corner, the white box fractures. A bay window at the base, framed with stone, in the floors above turns into an

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Foster + Partners to masterplan new sustainable city in India

Foster + Partners is masterplanning the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh in India, which will centre on a governmental building with a needle-like roof. Set on the banks of River Krishna, the new city of Amaravati will cover 217 square kilometres and is set to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world, according

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Haptic and Nordic to build “sustainable city of the future” at Oslo airport

Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture have released plans for a city next to Oslo Airport that is to be completely powered by self-produced energy and served by driverless electric vehicles.  The practices are masterplanning Oslo Airport City (OAC) for a 370-hectare site beside the airport – which was recently extended by Nordic Office of

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Surging Seas software shows potential impact of rising sea levels on US cities

An interactive mapping tool provides a scary glimpse of how cities such as New York, Boston and Miami might end up if sea levels continue to rise. The Google Earth plugin, Surging Seas: Extreme Scenario 2100, allows users to pan around 3D imagery of America’s coastal cities and see what they would look like if

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Allies and Morrison challenges “identikit urbanism” with masterplan for new city in Oman

British firm Allies and Morrison has designed a new city for Middle Eastern country Oman, which will transform a desert valley into a 624-hectare urban centre over the next 30 years. Allies and Morrison wants to challenge “identikit urbanism” with its masterplan for Madinat Al Irfan. The aim is to create “a place that feels as if it has always

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Bill Gates plans smart city in Arizona desert

Tech billionaire Bill Gates has invested in a huge patch of land west of Phoenix, Arizona, with the intention of building a new smart city. Mt Lemmon Holdings – an affiliate of Gates’ firm Cascade Investment – has paid $80,000 for a stake in almost 25,000 acres of unpopulated desert. The area is reportedly earmarked

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Ocean Spiral is a conceptual city proposed beneath the surface of the ocean

Our latest Dezeen x MINI Living video explores a proposal for an environmentally friendly underwater city, which Japanese engineering firm Shimizu Corporation claims could be a reality by 2030. Called Ocean Spiral, the design envisions a habitable settlement at surface level, which harnesses the resources of the ocean to allow it be entirely self-sufficient. The conceptual

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SOM designs “new skyline” for port area of Sri Lanka’s largest city

SOM has won a competition to design a new district for Sri Lankan city Colombo, with a design featuring numerous skyscrapers, a marina, canals and a park, influenced by the country’s tropical climate. The finance and marina district masterplan was designed by SOM for CHEC Port City Colombo, which is looking to transform 269 hectares of reclaimed land beside Colombo’s

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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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Barcelona and Amsterdam are world-leading “smart cities” says Jason Pomeroy

Western cities have done a better job of integrating technology into their infrastructure than the new wave of Asian smart cities, according to architect and television presenter Jason Pomeroy. Singapore-based Pomeroy, the architect behind Asia’s first zero-carbon house, claims that Barcelona and Amsterdam are far more successful examples of a smart city than places like Songdo, the new hi-tech satellite city in South Korea.

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“If we’re going to have cities, then we have to invest” says Michelle Obama

Former US first lady Michelle Obama has urged architects to consider working on more community projects in poorer city neighbourhoods, during her keynote at the 2017 AIA conference this week. In her first public appearance since leaving the White House, Obama called on American architects to focus efforts on work that will benefit those in

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Cities are “deeply tragic” says Rem Koolhaas

Architects have lost control of city design according to Rem Koolhaas, who says the gap between the profession’s rhetoric and the reality is wider in Italy than anywhere else. Speaking at a conference during Milan design week, the OMA founder said that Italy was “tortured” by this situation. “The architecture profession thought not so long ago that it knew how

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“MIPIM is one big performance with the purpose of speaking cities into existence”

Is it possible to speak buildings into being? The exhibitors at annual property fair MIPIM may try, but they need to come up with far more extreme fictions, says Sam Jacob in his latest Opinion column. “The beginning, as every one knows, is of supreme importance in everything, and particularly in the founding and building of a city,” so says

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Sewage-sampling robots could help eliminate diseases in cities, says MIT architect Carlo Ratti

Robots could soon be infiltrating urban sewage systems to identify potential outbreaks of disease before they happen, according to architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti (+ interview). Ratti’s team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a prototype robot called Luigi, which is able to collect samples from city sewers, as part of a project More

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Penda unveils vision for bamboo city made from interlocking modular components

Architecture studio Penda has unveiled new CGI renderings detailing its vision for a city of 200,000 people that would be creating using an innovative modular bamboo structure. Penda, a Beijing- and Vienna-based studio, believes its design for structures built from interlocking horizontal and vertical bamboo rods could be used to sustainably build the infrastructure of an […]

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“The smart city blinds us to the possibility of political action”

Opinion: the limitless prosperity once promised by urbanisation has failed to materialise, leaving rapidly growing inequality in its wake. It will take more than some clever technology to solve the problems with the world’s biggest cities, says Reinier de Graaf. Urbanisation was supposed to be the world’s quick ticket to prosperity. The average urban dweller […]

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SOM unveils vision of new Egyptian capital for seven million people

Architecture firm SOM has released its masterplan for a new privately funded capital city for Egypt – a 700-square-kilometre development that will boast one of the world’s largest urban parks and over 100 new residential neighbourhoods (+ slideshow). The Capital Cairo project envisions a new administrative and financial capital that would extend Cairo eastwards to […]

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Egypt plans new capital city covering 700 square kilometres

Egypt is to unveil plans for a vast new privately funded administrative capital for seven million residents that would extend Cairo eastwards to the coast of the Red Sea. The Capital Cairo project, due to be launched today by Mostafa Madbouly, Egypt’s housing minister, at a development conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, would involve creating a new urbanised […]

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Spiralling underwater cities could make oceans inhabitable by 2030

News: underwater cities with infrastructure networks spiralling down into the depths of the oceans could be a reality as soon as 2030, according to a Japanese construction company. The conceptual Ocean Spirals could descend by up to 2.5 miles below the oceans’ surface to create self-sustaining underwater communities that could be home to up to […]

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