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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Michael Jantzen’s imaginary Chapel For New Mexico is open to all religions

US artist and designer Michael Jantzen has envisioned a non-denominational chapel in New Mexico, featuring a series of gabled frames that stretch up to the sky to represent its “openness to all”. The conceptual Chapel For New Mexico is imagined for a location near the US state’s capital city Sante Fe, which the designer describes

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Hotel of concrete pods proposed by WSP for remote locations

Engineers from WSP are working with architects at Innovation Imperative to create a carbon neutral modular hotel made from groups of concrete pods.  Created by engineering firm WSP’s new in-house design studio and David Ajasa-Adekunle’s architecture practice, the project called Tetra Hotel is currently at proof-of-concept stage. Each of the futuristic faceted pods, which appear to teeter

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Collapsable skyscraper for disaster zones wins conceptual design competition

A team of Polish architects designed this concept for a foldable skyscraper that could be delivered by helicopter to offer relief in remote disaster zones. The collapsable tower named Skyshelter.zip was designed by Damian Granosik, Jakub Kulisa, and Piotr Pańczyk, and has been named the winner of this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The flattened structure is designed to be

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The LADG envisions concrete pavilion for Coachella festival-goers

Undulating “concrete blankets” form a series of mountain-like structures in this conceptual pavilion designed by The Los Angeles Design Group for the Coachella festival. US studio The Los Angeles Design Group (The LADG) has released designs of the pavilion it proposed for the 2018 edition of the annual California music festival, which starts today. The studio

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SCI-Arc students propose self-growing park and parasitic housing to adapt former LA prison

Dezeen promotion: students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture have suggested ways to transform a former jail in Los Angeles, including a park controlled by artificial intelligence and building models designed by 3D printers. The schemes were designed by the first graduates of LA-based SCI-Arc’s Master of Science in Architectural Technologies – a one-year-long postgraduate

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WOJR envisions highly sculptural House of Horns for northern California

American studio WOJR has conceived a distinctive dwelling that aims to “undermine the faux formalities” of a Spanish-style residence that was intended for the site in Silicon Valley. The House of Horns is envisioned for a hillside property in the city of Los Altos, and would be built atop the existing foundations of a Mission-style

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RB Systems envisions super-slender cylindrical skyscraper for New York

Design studio RB Systems is following the trend for super-slender towers in New York with a speculative proposal for a 400-metre skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, which would be supported by spiralling steel cables rather than columns. Potentially soaring above all of the neighbouring high-rise structures, the tube-like office building would be built on a currently

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Waterfalls, forests and kayaks among proposals for Park Avenue centreline

Architects and designers have imagined ways to transform the central reservation along New York’s Park Avenue for an ideas competition, including an underground rock-climbing wall, a huge cascading waterfall and a route for kayaking commuters. An aquarium, elevated walkways and a putting green are also among the schemes for Park Avenue’s central reservation that architects,

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Self-sufficient Yin & Yang house incorporates gardens on its interlocking roof

Architecture studio Penda has released visualisations of a house designed for a tiny plot near the German city of Kassel that show how its owners will be able to grow food on both sides of its terraced roof. The studio founded by architects Chris Precht and Dayong Sun designed Yin & Yang house for a

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World’s tallest timber tower proposed for Tokyo

Japanese timber company Sumitomo Forestry has revealed plans for the world’s tallest wooden building in Tokyo, a 350-metre skyscraper that would also be the country’s highest. Sumitomo Forestry, the lumber arm of one of Japan’s largest corporations, is proposing the 70-storey hybrid timber skyscraper to mark the company’s 350th anniversary in 2041. Named W350, the ambitious

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The Boundary releases visuals of “pi-in-the-sky” luxury hotel in the Sonoran Desert

British visualisation studio The Boundary has created a series of renderings depicting a “super luxury” hotel planned for a secret site in Arizona’s Sonoran desert. Henry Goss Architects designed the hotel concept for a private client, who has been working with The Boundary – the rendering studio ran by Henry Goss and visualiser Peter Guthrie – for several

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DFA proposes “floating” affordable housing for dilapidated Manhattan pier

New York architecture studio DFA has imagined a series of latticed apartment towers for Manhattan’s Pier 40, which would be able to remain above water in the event of rising sea levels. DFA’s conceptual proposal involves constructing a complex of housing, recreational and commercial facilities on the square-shaped Pier 40. The structure extends 250 metres

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Affordable housing and studio concept wins RIBA contest for decommissioned gasholders

London studio Outpost has won a contest seeking ideas for how disused gasholders could be repurposed across the UK, with its concept for a ring of affordable housing and workspaces. The plans show a row of gabled buildings surrounding a circular well, which would be left behind after the latticed steel frame of a gasholder

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RIBA announces student winners of President’s Medals 2017

A novel response to London’s housing crisis and a study of the stark living quarters of Welsh quarrymen in the 1800s were just two of the student projects recognised by this year’s RIBA President’s Medals. The seven student winners received their awards at a ceremony hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects in central

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Framlab proposes parasitic hexagonal pods to sleep New York’s homeless

New York’s empty walls could be covered with honeycomb-like clusters of pods to house the city’s growing homeless population, as part of this proposal by creative agency Framlab. Oslo and New York City-based Framlab developed the Homed scheme in response to the growing number of people sleeping rough in New York City, which has risen by

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Skýli mountain shelter is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions

Utopia Arkitekter has designed a tent-like shelter that could provide a cosy retreat for trekkers in the mountains. Called Skýli, which means shelter in Icelandic, the conceptual cabin is designed by Stockholm-based Utopia Arkitekter to withstand the extreme weather conditions of Iceland’s mountain landscape. Built from both steel and cross-laminated timber, it would sleep up to 15 mountaineers,

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Six ideas to transform Britain’s decommissioned gasholders make shortlist in RIBA competition

A crematorium, a sports field and a multi-storey charging station for driverless cars are among six shortlisted proposals to repurpose decommissioned gasholder sites across the UK. Housing and a battery storage space were also put forward as uses for the circular wells, which are left behind when a gasholder and its latticed steel frame have been

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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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Stefano Boeri imagines dome-covered Mars colony with “vertical forests”

Stefano Boeri has suggested that a “new Shanghai” made up of “vertical forests” could be built on Mars, should rising sea levels render Earth uninhabitable. The ambitious Mars-based eco city envisioned by the Italian architect would be made up of his studio’s signature plant-covered towers built under giant sealed “space-proof” domes. The hypothetical project was dreamed up in response to

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Llywelyn James proposes affordable cantilevered housing for London’s brownfield sites

Royal College of Art architecture graduate Llywelyn James has proposed a series of elevated residential blocks for an undeveloped brownfield land near Thamesmead in London to aid the city’s housing crisis. James’s 30,000 2020 project tackles the shortage of affordable housing in the capital with a concept for housing on a brownfield site in Thamesmead, a suburb south of the

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Eda Kutluozen proposes affordable housing above tube stations for London’s key workers

Royal College of Art architecture graduate Eda Kutluozen’s Vertical Open City project proposes inserting dense affordable housing and public spaces into disused sites across London. Designed for key workers and other marginalised citizens, Kutluozen proposes vertically stacking highly compacted public and domestic spaces into disused infill sites across the capital, such as the dead space above tube

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Jiaji Shen proposes turning abandoned coal pier into workshop for “mudlarking” jewellery maker

Royal College of Art graduate Jiaji Shen has proposed transforming a disused pier on London’s River Thames into a workshop for a designer who makes jewellery with items scavenged from the mud. Shen developed The Jewel of the Thames project during his interior design masters studies at London’s Royal College of Art. It formed part of the programme’s Obsolescence section, which asked

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All four seasons coexist in Milan garden proposed by Carlo Ratti

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has revealed plans for a covered garden in Milan, which would use climate-control technology to allow visitors to experience spring, summer, autumn and winter at any time of year. Carlo Ratti Associati designed The Garden of the Four Seasons to offer city-dwellers a closer glimpse of nature’s cycles. Summer, winter, autumn and spring are represented by four

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David Adjaye, BIG and Sou Fujimoto compete to build Edinburgh Ross Pavilion

David Adjaye’s temple-like canopy, Bjarke Ingels’ looped auditorium and Sou Fujimoto’s spiralling pathway are among the seven shortlisted proposals for an events pavilion in Edinburgh, Scotland. Flanagan Lawrence, PagePark Architects, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and wHY Architecture have also been shortlisted for the Ross Pavilion at West Princes Street Gardens, a public park set below Edinburgh castle.

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Architects propose seven ways to reinvigorate the Los Angeles river

Colourful playgrounds, undulating pathways and a spot for kayaking are among the proposals made by seven architecture firms to revitalise areas along the Los Angeles river. The LA River Downtown Design Dialogue celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles River Revitalisation project, which Frank Gehry is also working on. The project is designed to overhaul areas along

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EFFEKT proposes Bratislava housing scheme modelled on a mountain range

Danish studio EFFEKT has developed a housing scheme for the Slovakian city of Bratislava, which features a dramatically staggered roofline intended to echo the peaks of a mountain range. EFFEKT has proposed the 120,000-square-metre housing block called Južna Dolina for a stretch of parkland in the city’s Petržalka borough, where it will be surrounded by farmland near the Donau river. To

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Skyscraper competition proposal involves erecting towers within world’s largest trees

A conceptual scheme by a team of South Korean designers calls for inserting towers within the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoias in the western US. Called Tribute: The Monument of Giant, the visionary scheme imagines buildings constructed within the empty trunks of giant sequoias, a type of redwood tree native to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California.

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Modular affordable housing envisioned for “abandoned” New York airspace

This conceptual scheme by designers Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee calls for using vacant airspace over existing New York buildings to create affordable apartments and public areas. Called Instant City: Living Air-Right, the design consists of a white, modular, grid-like structure built atop existing low-rise buildings. Renderings show the proposal above 225 West 28th

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Adrian Phiffer envisions concrete Toronto home with cutouts and angled walls

This conceptual, exposed concrete home by the Office of Adrian Phiffer is meant to respond to the banal character of its proposed location in Midtown Toronto. Called the Semblance House, the project is envisioned for Davisville Village in Toronto, where the architecture can be banal and “quite ugly”, according to Office of Adrian Phiffer, a

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Farm tower proposed for Africa wins international skyscraper competition

Polish designers Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski have designed a conceptual high-rise building for sub-Saharan Africa that would be filled with crops, helping address issues of hunger and poverty. Titled Mashambas Skyscraper, the project won first place in the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, which annually invites architects and designers to conceive futuristic towers. The winner was chosen

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Studio MRDO and Studio LaM win Korean bathhouse contest with underground dome

New York practices Studio MRDO and Studio LaM have have won an ideas competition with their proposal for a theatrical underground pool set in the Demilitarised Zone between North Korea and South Korea. Studio MRDO and Studio LaM’s winning design, Crossing Parallel(s): Bathhouse as a Metaphorical Theatre, imagines a communal performance by North and South Korean participants to help relax

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Supertall skyscraper hangs from orbiting asteroid in Clouds Architecture Office concept

In a bid to get around terrestrial height restrictions, Clouds Architecture Office has proposed suspending the world’s tallest skyscraper from an asteroid, leaving residents to parachute to earth. New York-based Clouds Architecture Office drew up plans for Analemma Tower to “overturn the established skyscraper typology” by building not up from the ground but down from the sky

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Inflatable pine cones top guesthouses and spa envisioned by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

3Gatti Architecture Studio has unveiled a vision for an eco-resort in a Latvian forest, featuring pavilions topped with inflatable roofs that look like pine cones. The Shanghai- and Rome-based studio designed the Pinecones Resort for the Blue Country Spa competition, which asked for designs for a cost-effective and eco-friendly guesthouse and spa in Latvia’s Kurzeme region. The proposal didn’t win, but the architects are

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DeciBel proposes “lotus-like” theatre and cultural centre for Hanoi

Australian architecture studio DeciBel has unveiled plans for a cultural complex in Hanoi, featuring six bulb-like structures to reference a floating lotus flower. The centre named Hanoi Lotus will be set among ponds and parkland, and is proposed as part of an expansion of arts and cultural buildings in the Vietnamese capital. The multifunctional theatre and performance space hosts an

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Safdie-esque extension proposed for Sydney’s brutalist Sirius building

Australian studio CplusC Architectural Workshop has envisioned a Tetris-like extension to the demolition-threatened Sirius building in Sydney, which bears a resemblance to Moshe Safdie’s iconic Habitat 67 housing. CplusC Architectural Workshop proposes the conceptual scheme as an alternative to levelling the brutalist Sirius social housing building, which the New South Wales (NSW) government plans to sell off for redevelopment.

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Studioshaw proposes drone-racing arena and shipping-container offices for Dundee waterfront

Studioshaw has won an ideas competition for the Scottish city Dundee with its plans for a sunken courtyard to race drones and prototype virtual reality games. Sponsored by the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) and the Scottish Enterprise, the Seabraes Yards Sketch Design contest called for a new public facility for children and young people at the Digital Media Park

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Giles Miller and Forbes Massie imagine towering monument with walls of offset bricks

Designer Giles Miller has worked with visualiser Forbes Massie to draw up designs for a huge monument with a cross-shaped plan and textured brick walls. Miller and Massie’s 14-storey Monument is designed to be completely hollow, allowing visitors to inhabit it. Working alongside structural engineers from Arup, Miller’s studio took on the conceptual project to “push our creative discipline as composers of materials to

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Toronto’s CN Tower reimagined as residential high-rise covered in wooden pods

Clusters of parasitic apartment units cling to the sides of the CN Tower in this conceptual proposal by Toronto studio Quadrangle. The modular wooden residences would nestle between the giant concrete fins of the 553-metre-tall communications tower – one of the world’s tallest, and a major tourist attraction. “Quadrangle saw an opportunity to reinvigorate the

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Weston Williamson proposes incremental building to combat Palestinian housing shortage

British studio Weston Williamson has revealed a housing concept that aims to resolve the lack of affordable housing in Palestine by allowing residents to expand as their finances grow. Like the housing project Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena designed in Mexico, building work is designed to be carried out incrementally, with new rooms added as the occupants’ wealth grows. Weston

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FAAB proposes “smog-eating” music school for Kraków

Polish studio FAAB has developed a concept for a music school in Kraków featuring angular volumes covered with a mossy roof designed to absorb large amounts of airborne pollutants. The designs developed as part of a competition entry by Warsaw architects FAAB depict the Kraków Music Academy as a group of three faceted structures occupying the site

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Nine visions for lunar architecture revealed in Moontopia competition

Nine space-age designs have been revealed as the winners of the Moontopia competition, which asked architects and designers to visualise life on the moon.  Entrants to the Moontopia competition were asked to draw up plans for a self-sufficient lunar colony for living, working, researching and space tourism. One winner and eight runners up were selected from hundreds of proposals

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Sinuous buildings curve around tiered gardens in housing concept by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Curving blocks overlap to create the sinuous form of this conceptual house, designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos to frame seven tiered gardens in Spain. Fran Silvestre’s Valencia practice drew up plans for the residence for a plot in Spain’s southernmost region of Andalusia. The architects wanted the buildings to feel like a grotto or cave. “The project consists of a house with

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WOJR designs forest cabin for a grieving man

This conceptual cabin in upstate New York was designed as a space of refuge and contemplation for a man who lost his brother, and is sheltered by a large slatted wall that covers the front of the home. The yet-to-be-built Mask House by WOJR was designed to be “a place of separation and protection that

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Concave roofs collect rainwater for arid areas in proposal by BMDesign Studios

Bowl-shaped vessels would collect rainwater on the roofs of buildings located in hot and dry climates in a proposal by Iranian practice BMDesign Studios. Tehran-based BMDesign Studios – one of many offices contributing to Iran’s booming architecture scene – drew up the concept when planning a primary school in Iran’s Kerman province. Taking into consideration the arid climate of its site in

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Mirrored and transparent viewpoints proposed for China’s Zhangjiajie forest

French studio Martin Duplantier Architectes has proposed a series of bridges and viewpoints for Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – the site of the world’s longest and highest glass bridge. In Martin Duplantier Architectes’ €5 million (£4.2 million) plans for the park in China’s Hunan Province, mirrored structures perch on top of quartzite sandstone columns and span cliff edges.

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RIBA names student winners of President’s Medals 2016

A proposal for craft workshops at London’s V&A museum, an extension to Sir John Soane’s Museum and a dystopian graphic novel are among the winning projects in this year’s RIBA President’s Medals and Research Awards. The seven student winners were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London this evening. The Part-I

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Flat-packed cabin concept allows tiny houses to be assembled like IKEA furniture

A Vancouver-based startup’s conceptual design for flat-packed recreational cabins would allow users to build for themselves, making the wilderness more readily accessible. The Backcountry Hut Company is an offshoot of interdisciplinary design firm Leckie Studio. Its goal is to facilitate the process of building cabins for a variety of uses. “The hut prototype was created for the benefit

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Rasem Kamal proposes warren of subterranean services for Jordan’s Wadi Rum

Architect Rasem Kamal has proposed a network of burrow-like spaces that would sprawl out beneath a UNESCO-protected valley in the Jordan desert. Kamal, an architect and designer at the Basel office of Oppenheim Architecture, drew up plans for the 180,000-square-metre site for his thesis project at the Rice School of Architecture in Texas. His Wadi Rum Excavated Sanctuaries – a complex containing

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Temporary floating parliament on the Thames could save the UK millions, claims Gensler

The world’s biggest architecture firm has proposed moving the UK’s Lords and MPs into a bubble-like building on London’s River Thames to reduce the cost of refurbishing the crumbling Palace of Westminster. Gensler, which has one of its largest offices in London, wants to create a 250-metre-long and 42-metre-deep temporary parliament building from steel modules and More

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Tiny houses would be built atop an ex-military bunker in Froscen Architects proposal

Four micro homes are mounted on the roof of a second-world-war bunker in this proposal by Froscen Architects for the Dutch city Leiden (+ slideshow). Designed by Froscen Architects’ partner Simon George, the conceptual project comprises four separate tiny houses, elevated above street level on the chunky concrete walls of a concrete telephone bunker. Each of the proposed houses has a More

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Borders are “primitive” limits says designer of US-Mexico binational city

London Design Biennale 2016: architect Fernando Romero has unveiled plans for a binational city spanning the US-Mexico border, amid Donald Trump’s calls for a wall to be built between the two countries (+ slideshow). Romero’s Border City presents a utopian vision for a city with dual nationality, where people and goods could move more freely across the US-Mexico More

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Stockholm pylons converted into “picnic towers” in plans by architect Anders Berensson

Swedish architect Anders Berensson has unveiled conceptual plans to convert a pair of disused electricity pylons into observation towers in Stockholm’s Norra Djurgården national park. Named Power Tower, the project aims to make use of two of 12 disused electricity pylons in the city-centre park. Anders Berensson Architects was commissioned by the Royal Court of Sweden, More

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Architects imagine new uses for Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion

A proposal to add a giant curvaceous greenhouse on top of the pavilion designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964-65 World’s Fair has won a competition to suggest uses for the abandoned structure. The New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition gave entrants free reign to imagine how the Queens landmark could be repurposed for the public. More

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Adrian Yiu’s Anthropophagic Territory is a conceptual self-sustaining quarry

Graduate shows 2016: Bartlett graduate Adrian Yiu has proposed revitalising a disused quarry in Rio de Janeiro’s oldest favela to create an independent enterprise zone for local people (+ slideshow). For his final-year project on the Bartlett School of Architecture’s masters programme, Yiu designed a facility that would be built into the sides of an excavated canyon. He sees More

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Designer Lekan Jeyifo imagines vertical shanty towns for central Lagos

Designer Lekan Jeyif has created a dystopian vision of shanty-town towers in Lagos, Nigeria, to highlight the poor standard of living in the city’s impoverished areas (+ slideshow).  Entitled Shanty Megastructures, the designs transform shanty dwellings into sleek high-rise towers in the centre of Lagos – Nigeria’s largest city, and the location of its main industrial and commercial activities. Jeyifo has created a video outlining More

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Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and more propose future houses in House Vision exhibition

Japanese architects including Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban have all designed houses of the future for a Tokyo exhibition (+ movie). House Vision 2016 includes 12 housing prototypes by notable Japanese architects and designers, as well as think tanks for construction and technology companies. All the designers teamed up with big brands to make their vision a reality. Atelier Bow-Wow worked with More

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HOK envisions flying hotel pods that can access remote holiday destinations

Global architecture firm HOK has created a conceptual proposal for a fleet of drones that would serve as a portable hotel, enabling access to far-flung locales (+ slideshow). Called Driftscape, the scheme calls for using drone technology to create mobile pods that can be flown around the world and placed in areas not typically conducive More

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Muhammad Sahrum proposes hot-desking and games in conceptual 21st-century embassy

Graduate shows 2016: architecture graduate Muhammad Sahrum has envisioned an embassy for the 21st century, with flexible workspaces and games rooms to make diplomatic decision making more informal. Muhammad Sahrum designed the project titled The Inverted Fortress: An Open Embassy as his graduation project from the University of Greenwich in London, where he studied in Unit 20. The project takes as More

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Conceptual home for couples designed to split into two halves after divorce

This floating house is designed by Amsterdam-based Studio OBA to break apart, so unhappily married occupants can cast their spouses adrift. Called Prenuptial Housing, the concept is the brainchild of self-proclaimed PR and pop culture expert Omar Kbiri. In response to rising divorce rates, Kbiri approached Amsterdam-based Studio OBA to help realise his idea of a separating house, which he believes could More

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Joanne Chen designs factory for London artisans based on the teachings of William Morris

Graduate shows 2016: Bartlett graduate Joanne Chen has designed a factory that includes leisure and education facilities, based on the Socialist ideals set out by designer and activist William Morris in the late 19th century. In Chen’s Reimagined Factory concept, furniture, weaving, stained glass and wallpaper workshops are placed around scenic gardens, lily ponds and education facilities on the banks 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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Gensler unveils skyscraper design for site of Calatrava’s ill-fated Chicago Spire

Global firm Gensler has proposed an alternative skyscraper concept for the waterfront site in Chicago where a spiralling, supertall condominium tower by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was slated to rise. For the recent conceptual proposal, Gensler asked: “How do you succeed with a $50 million dollar failure?” – referencing the money spent on constructing the More

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Buro Koray Duman finds uses for neglected space under elevated New York highway

Food trucks and a sports facility are included in these conceptual schemes by Buro Koray Duman for a derelict space under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a major elevated highway in New York (+ slideshow). Titled Under the BQE, the schemes are focused on a forlorn parcel that sits under a stretch of the highway, known as the BQE, More

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Daring house designs feature on Dezeen’s new Pinterest board

Plans to build a subterranean residence with a swimming pool for a roof were given the go-ahead this week, prompting us to pin wildly ambitious house designs – built or imagined – to a new Pinterest board. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See more conceptual architecture in our archive

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Winners in beautiful house contest include marble walls and underground rooms

Three fantasy house plans have been selected as the winners of the Design a Beautiful House competition: a marble-clad mansion, a subterranean lakeside dwelling and a linear property with faceted bays. The three concepts tied for first place in the ideas competition, which was organised by planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore and attracted over 660 entries. More

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Zaha Hadid and Paul Smith design holes for crazy golf course in London’s Trafalgar Square

A Kickstarter campaign has launched to bring a crazy golf course designed by architects and designers including Tom Dixon, Paul Smith and the late Zaha Hadid to Trafalgar Square in London (+ slideshow). The organisers of the London Design Festival (LDF) are behind the crowdfunding campaign, which aims to raise £120,000 to realise the Visionary Crazy Golf during the annual design event. More

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Anders Berensson proposes wooden skyscraper with decorative facade for Stockholm

Anders Berensson Architects has unveiled conceptual plans for Stockholm’s tallest building – a 133-metre wooden skyscraper covered in numbers, which would be erected on top of a 1960s car park in the city centre. The local studio was commissioned to design the 40-storey skyscraper by Stockholm’s liberal Center Party, to help cater for the city’s rapidly growing population. Berensson previously drew up plans More

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Alex Hogrefe’s conceptual retreat cuts into a remote Icelandic clifftop

Architectural visualiser Alex Hogrefe has imagined a precarious concrete retreat cut into the edge of a remote clifftop in Iceland, as part of a series of tutorials in creating renderings (+ slideshow). Hogrefe designed the building to allow him to demonstrate some of the visualisation techniques he uses in his work, focusing on lighting, texture and “atmosphere”. He presents the images on his website More

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Architects for Society designs low-cost hexagonal shelters for refugees

Minnesota-based Architects for Society has developed a prototype for a rapidly deployable dwelling that could house victims of catastrophic events (+ slideshow). Called the Hex House, the 431-square-foot (40-square-metre) unit is largely made of steel-and-foam Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), which can be flat-packed and delivered by truck to a building site. The design is meant to More

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