PROJECT DREAM HOME / THE KITCHEN AREA

Finally! A first article on COTTDS.com with photos of our new home. It took me long enough, but boy, these last few months have been though. Never underestamate the amount of time and work that goes in to a move. And eventhough we outsourced a l…

Belgian Pavilion promotes a “more interesting” Europe to counter rising nationalism

Belgium’s Venice Biennale pavilion is being used as a forum for debate about the future of Europe, in a bid to prevent the continent becoming further divided. For the duration of the Venice Architecture Biennale, visitors are invited to take a seat within the bright blue amphitheatre that fills the building and consider the various issues

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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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Culture “is now used just to promote” says Olafur Eliasson

Governments are using culture purely as a promotional tool rather than recognising its social value – and this is contributing to the rise of popularism, according to artist Olafur Eliasson. States are exploiting culture for commercial gain, the artist told Dezeen, while failing to recognise culture’s role in forging communities and shared values. “The cultural

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Atsuko Mochida creates revolving floor and walls in abandoned house

This captioned movie shows an installation by Japanese artist Atsuko Mochida, who has cut a volume out of an abandoned house and rebuilt it on top of a revolving platform. The piece, titled ‘The Revolving House of T’, is located in Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture in central Japan. To create the installation Mochida cut a

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Dezeen named Best Small Digital Publisher of the Year at Digital Publishing Awards

Dezeen has won the award for Best Small Digital Publisher of the Year at the Association of Online Publishers’ annual awards, with judges praising our “stand-out editorial focus” and our “change-inducing campaigns”. The award was presented at a ceremony in London on Wednesday night, where Dezeen was also highly commended in the Best Online Media

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The Moving Walls Of Beirut’s Modulofts Apartments

Fouad Samara Architects has completed ‘Modulofts’, a wondrous residential complex in Beirut, Lebanon, featuring large steel panels that act as sliding walls in a Rubik’s Cube-esque reconfiguration of each loft’s layout.
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Olson Kundig reveals plans for Bob Dylan Center in Oklahoma

Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig has unveiled a proposal for a museum dedicated to American musician Bob Dylan in Tulsa, close to a substantial archive of his belongings. Olson Kundig will act as lead architect for The Bob Dylan Center, after the firm was selected in an international competition for the project spearheaded by George

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“We face identical problems to people building a skyscraper,” says Christo

Artist Christo has compared the creation of his work to building a skyscraper, or a highway, in an exclusive interview with Dezeen, following the unveiling of his floating London Mastaba installation. The 83-year-old artist compared the often painful and lengthy process of getting permission for his giant artworks to the fraught process experienced by architects.

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Oliver Wainwright’s highlights from Inside North Korea

Guardian architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright explains seven highlights from his recently published book Inside North Korea to Dezeen. Wainwright’s book, which is published by Taschen and released on 22 June 2018, offers a glimpse inside the notoriously secretive nation. The 200 photos in the book document the strange and colourful architecture of the country and

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UNStudio reveals designs for Amsterdam cable car

Dutch firm UNStudio has revealed designs for a 1,500 metre-long cable car across the across the river IJ in Amsterdam. The cable car would connect the growing residential areas of Amsterdam-West and Amsterdam-Noord in under five minutes. Commissioned by the IJbaan Foundation – a grassroots citizen initiative led by Bas Dekker and Willem Wessels – the new connection is intended to

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Elon Musk’s Chicago tunnel will link downtown and airport in 12 minutes

Elon Musk’s infrastructure firm The Boring Company has revealed plans to bring its super-fast tunnel system to Chicago, where “autonomous electric skates” travelling up to 150 miles per hour will link the city’s Downtown area with O’Hare Airport. The Boring Company’s scheme was selected by the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) as the winning proposal bidding for the

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Dezeen events guide: summer highlights include events in London, São Paulo and Chicago

Summer is a quiet season for architecture and design events, but there are still some important ones taking place. Highlights listed in our definitive guide include London Festival of Architecture, São Paulo Design Weekend and NeoCon, the commercial fu…

“Mackintosh’s wide-ranging work reminds us how specialised architecture has become”

This week marked the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birthday. But the Scottish architect would not be amused by the quality of Glasgow’s new architecture, says Richard Murphy. We can only marvel today at the dexterity of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s generation. The architect could turn his hand to anything. But in those years, and for some

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Dassault Systèmes showcases pollution-absorbing architecture by Kengo Kuma and Daan Roosegaarde

Kengo Kuma and Daan Roosegaarde are among the architects and designers presenting proposals to tackle air pollution, in this movie Dezeen filmed for Dassault Systèmes. During Milan design week, the 3D software company presented an exhibition called Design in the Age of Experience, which showcased ideas for improving air quality. It featured an audio-visual installation by artist Wesley Goatley

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10 Venice Architecture Biennale installations that invite you to interact

This year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is bursting with models, including several you can touch or inhabit. Dezeen’s social media editor Danil Boparai picks 10 of the best examples. Curated by Grafton Architects founders Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale is open to the public until 27 November 2018. It is titled Freespace, in celebration of the gifts that

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Humour, sarcasm and free pizza: our favourite GDPR emails from designers

Designers have been getting creative with their emails about GDPR, the new European Union-wide regulations that came into force today. Here are some of our favourites. Many emails about the data-protection laws have been pious, dull or cliche-ridden, such as efforts featuring a “Time is running out” message placed next to a gif of an

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Dezeen’s “mind-blowing” drone documentary Elevation premieres in New York

Dezeen’s documentary Elevation launched in New York earlier this week at a premiere attended by leading designers and architects. The 18-minute movie, which explains how drones will change architecture, cities and society, was shown for the first time at Public, Ian Schrager’s new hotel on the Lower East Side. Over 200 guests attended the screening, held

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Antoine Predock’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights to feature on country’s bank note

Canada’s central bank has selected the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, designed by US architect Antoine Predock, to feature on the country’s new $10 bank note. The Bank of Canada unveiled the design for the $10 CAD note in March this year, choosing the building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to feature on the back of the

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Camille Walala covers Brooklyn building in colourful Memphis-style graphics

British artist Camille Walala has painted the facade of a building in Brooklyn’s Industry City with geometric patterns and bold colours, completed to coincide with this month’s NYCxDesign festival. The 40-metre-high mural covers the front of a seven-storey building, which forms part of a former industrial complex that now houses creative workspaces, production facilities and

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Theresa May praises UK architects at 10 Downing Street reception as artists slam schools policy

UK prime minister Theresa May highlighted the importance of creativity to the nation on a day when over 100 leading artists claimed government policies were putting the creative industries at risk. May spoke at a reception for the creative industries held at her 10 Downing Street residence yesterday, praising “not just the stars”, but also

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“Forensic Architecture winning the Turner Prize would risk turning sensitive investigative work into insensitive entertainment”

Forensic Architecture’s Turner Prize shortlisting is a warning for architects to be vigilant of the arts world co-opting their work as grizzly entertainment, argues Phineas Harper. Here we go again. Once more an architectural collective has been nominated for the Turner Prize. Once more they stand just outside the profession with neither the organisation nor its

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Foster + Partners presents vision for hyperloop cargo network

British architecture studio Foster + Partners has released a video showing its vision for a high-speed freight-carrying hyperloop named DP World Cargospeed. The Norman Foster-led practice designed the concept in collaboration with ports operator DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One, the transport company that Richard Branson became a major stakeholder in last year. The organisations envision creating an infrastructure network that would

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Burning Man founder Larry Harvey dies aged 70

Larry Harvey, the man who founded Burning Man festival, has passed away after suffering a stroke. Harvey, 70, died in San Francisco on Saturday 28 April, after failing to recover from a “massive stroke” earlier this month. “Burning Man culture has lost a great leader and an inspiring mind,” said festival CEO Marian Goodell, who revealed

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Competition: win a map of Chicago’s concrete architecture

Dezeen is giving away five copies of a map that pinpoints Chicago’s concrete buildings, including iconic brutalist structures and university projects, in this competition. Concrete Chicago Map is a double-sided guide that details of over 50 concrete buildings and structures in the city’s Downtown and surrounding areas. The foldout design has a map on one

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Handmade raincoat and high heels sock ankle boots. – Don’t let bad weather get you down. Stutterheim (swedish outerwear brand) Mosebacke Raincoat – Jonak socks boots  

Milan “will benefit from Brexit” as the city grows in confidence and status, say designers and critics

Milan is becoming a major cultural destination that could attract creative businesses away from London, according to leading figures in the city for its design week. Margriet Vollenberg, the Dutch curator behind the city’s Ventura Centrale and Venture Future exhibitions, said Milan was becoming a “world city”. “Brexit is an opportunity for Milan,” she said,

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“There is a desire among black people to make the world over”

The powerful imagery of afrofuturism suggests what could be possible if the ambitions of black architects and designers are realised, says Ekow Eshun. I recently started an Instagram account dedicated to afrofuturism. Even though the concept behind the term remains fairly obscure, it seemed the right time to do so. Afrofuturism refers to work that reimagines

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10 architects and designers that are championing afrofuturism

Afrofuturism has become the buzzword for the fast-growing creative scene across Africa. Here are 10 figures that are championing the movement, through designs that combine African heritage with visions for the future. Osborne Macharia This creative photographer from Nairobi, Kenya, describes all his work as being within the afrofuturist genre. A recent commission from Marvel

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Afrofuturism is “creating a different narrative for Africa” say creatives

The success of Black Panther and its afrofuturist aesthetic has put Africa in the spotlight as a growing force in design, technology and fashion, according to designers from the continent. African designers, architects and filmmakers told Dezeen that the Marvel movie, which features a black superhero and is set in fictional African country Wakanda, has focused

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Swedish government introduces new benchmarks for architecture and design

The Swedish government has introduced a set of quality targets for architecture and design, which aim to make Sweden a more “sustainable, equal and less segregated society”. The Stamped Living Environment Bill, which lays out plans to make sustainability and quality integral to the design process, has largely been welcomed by the Swedish architecture and design community. Architects and

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Explore the best set designs on our new Pinterest board

Inspired by Es Devlin’s all blue set for the play Girls & Boys, this new Pinterest board shows interesting examples of set design, including Frank Gehry’s crumpled paper stage for a Mozart opera and OMA’s polycarbonate catwalk for Prada. Follow Dez…

Amanda Levete warns UK government: “Do not mess with trans-European collaboration”

London architect Amanda Levete has warned that, if the UK government doesn’t provide certainty over Brexit soon, it will result in a major shortfall in the country’s creative talent pool. Speaking at a Brexit conference in London, the AL_A founder said that the UK leaving the European Union is set to dismantle a “spirit of co-operation”

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Dezeen launches gender pay gap calculator to help tackle inequality in the workplace

What’s your organisation’s gender pay gap? We’re created an online calculator to help you find out, as part of our Move the Needle initiative to tackle gender equality in architecture and design. We developed the simple tool so companies can work out whether they pay male staff more than female staff. The tool has been created as regulations requiring UK

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Modular anti-terror barriers adopted at Premier League football stadiums

A modular barrier system that can be assembled in under an hour to protect fans from vehicle-led terrorist attacks has been installed at Burnley and Manchester United football stadiums. UK engineering firm ATG Access created the Surface Guard system as a lightweight, temporary alternative to traditional barriers made from concrete or steel blocks. The reinforced-metal

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10 designs for dogs, from miniature IKEA furniture to a canine-friendly staircase

Today is Chinese New Year, and to celebrate it being the year of the dog we’ve curated a selection of architecture and design projects created with man’s best friend in mind. House Renovation in Vietnam by 07Beach This house in Ho Chi Minh City was renovated to include a special staircase for the owners’ dogs, which

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Piet Zwart Institute launches online archive of student design research

Dezeen promotion: the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam has created a digital archive of student projects, in a bid to share its research with a wider audience than ever before. The archive platform showcases projects by the institute’s Master of Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD) programme, a two-year course that encourages design-led research in the field of

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Trump’s border wall “will be the aesthetic legacy of a dictator”

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the start of a global rush to create physical barriers, according to a new book illustrating how tyrants use architecture and design to control populations. Theo Deutinger’s Handbook of Tyranny covers nationalism, terrorism, and the power of multinationals in a globalised economy in a compendium of technical drawings

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David Adjaye’s African American history museum crowned Design of the Year 2017

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has been named Design of the Year for 2017, after being described by judges as a “major turning point” in architecture. Designed by architect David Adjaye, the African American history museum in Washington DC is the overall winner of the Beazley Designs of the Year 2017 competition, an awards programme organised

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Carlo Ratti unveils smart road system complete with on-demand drone swarms

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has unveiled a concept for a smart road system, which would feature swarms of drones that deliver first aid, monitor traffic and detect accidents. The scheme was designed as part of a €30 million proposal by highways company ANAS, presented in late December 2017, to develop a new smart road infrastructure around Italy’s roads in preparation

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Unique places of worship are enshrined on our updated Pinterest board

To celebrate World Religion Day, we’ve updated our worship-themed Pinterest board with a diverse range of architecture projects, including a Kenyan cathedral with a slatted roof by John McAlsan + Partners and Tadao Ando’s complex around a gigantic budd…

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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Our latest Pinterest board showcases imaginative uses of terrazzo

With an increasing number of projects featuring terrazzo, we’ve assembled a new Pinterest board of eye-catching uses of the flecked material including a Greek island home on the Aegean coast and speckled furniture made from recycled ceramics. Follow De…

Dezeen’s 10 architecture and design exhibitions not to miss in 2018

This year, exhibitions will explore architecture and design in a variety of ways. US reporter Eleanor Gibson’s selection of the 10 best include the first showcase of Bodys Isek Kingelez’s body of work and 60 dresses by the late Azzedine Alaïa – but none celebrating women have so far been announced. Bodys Isek Kingelez Museum of Modern Art

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INSPIRATION / INTERIOR + HOME UPDATE

Hello there! With 2018 around the corner, a new chapter has begun for me and my family. For those who follow me on my Instagram and Facebook account have probably already seen some of the sneak previews I’ve shown of our new home. In …

Dezeen’s top 10 biggest architecture and design stories of 2017

In the final instalment from our review of 2017, editor Amy Frearson recaps the 10 most-read stories of the year, including a bullied robot, a house of splayed shipping containers and a chair that you wear. Splayed shipping containers form Joshua Tree Residence conceived by James Whitaker The most popular story on Dezeen this year

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Get in the festive mood with our updated Christmas Pinterest board

With the holiday season well underway, we’ve refreshed our Christmas-themed Pinterest board. Highlights include an assortment of unusual Christmas trees and various designer decorations. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›
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Dezeen Hot List 2017: IKEA is the most newsworthy force in design, ahead of Muji and Peter Zumthor

Furniture and homewares brand IKEA has topped the 2017 Dezeen Hot List of the 500 people, brands and organisations our readers most wanted to read about this year. Retailer Muji takes second place while Peter Zumthor is the highest placed architect. Donald Trump has crashed into the top five of the list, which is compiled

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Dezeen’s top 10 controversial stories of 2017

From the backlash against gender inequality to the shifting political landscape following Donald Trump’s election, 2017 has been full of controversial events for architecture and design. Digital editor Trudie Carter selects the 10 most polarising moments for our review of year.  Nike unveils Pro Hijab for female Muslim athletes This sports hijab by Nike was

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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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Recycled Cashmere

An ideal texture for winter, cashmere is one of Lines/Manner’s favorite must-have. Particularly for cardigans. Eileen Fisher’s new collection conquers deeply, not only because of the good quality of their fabrics but also via their commitme…

UK cities can no longer be named European Capital of Culture, rules EU

As a result of Brexit, the UK has been disqualified from hosting the the European Capital of Culture in 2023 – a move that has been described as gutting. The European Commission confirmed yesterday, 23 November 2017, that the UK’s turn to host the European Capital of Culture in 2023 has been cancelled, in the wake of

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MVRDV presents a house you can reconfigure at Dutch Design Week

Dutch studio MVRDV has built a colourful, futuristic house, made up of nine rooms that can be moved into different configurations. On show in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week 2017, (W)ego is a concept for a micro dwelling that can adapt to the different needs of any future inhabitants – whether they be families, students or

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Casagrande Laboratory designs cross-laminated timber micro house for city dwellers

To free up space in cramped cities, Finnish architecture firm Casagrande Laboratory designed this self-sufficient prefab house to fit on the footprint of a single car parking space. On show during last month’s edition of Helsinki Design Week as part of the festival’s HOP City Installations, the Tikku concept house – meaning “stick” in Finnish

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Eight design responses to a turbulent political climate

The past year has seen more and more designers responding to shifts in the political landscape, from the Brexit vote to the election of Donald Trump. Ahead of our Good Design for a Bad World talk series, here’s a look at eight designs used as tools for change. Good Design for a Bad World takes place as part of

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Eight designs that could help reduce global pollution

Pollution poses a serious threat to the world’s land, air and oceans, so one of our Good Design for a Bad World talks will look at ways of reducing the scale of the problem. Here are eight proposals that are already exploring the idea. Good Design for a Bad World takes place during Dutch Design Week, on 21

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Eight responses to terrorism from architects and designers

Is it possible to design out terrorism? This is one of the questions we are asking as part of our Good Design for a Bad World talk series at Dutch Design Week. Here are eight proposals that suggest it can be done. Good Design for a Bad World comes to Eindhoven on 21 and 22 October 2017,

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Eight designs that aim to alleviate the ongoing refugee crisis

The refugee crisis is one of five topics we will explore as part of Good Design for a Bad World at Dutch Design Week. Here’s a look at eight responses from designers, which suggest ways that displaced people can be better integrated into communities. The refugee crisis joins four other global issues – climate change, pollution, terrorism and politics –

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Eight designs that respond to the threat of climate change

As part of Good Design for a Bad World, a series of talks we are hosting with Dutch Design Week, we will ask whether designers can help to solve climate change. Here are eight ideas already developed. Taking place in Eindhoven on 21 and 22 October, Good Design for a Bad World will examine five global issues

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Free writing course opens to aspiring design journalists from racial minorities

A new education programme has launched in London, to encourage young people who are black or minority ethnic to embark on careers in architecture and design journalism.  Initiated by Dezeen columnist Phineas Harper and Architectural Review journalist Tom Wilkinson, New Architecture Writers (NAW) is a free programme that aims to equip aspiring critics with basic journalism skills

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David Miller Architects wins award for best architect’s website

London studio David Miller Architects has won the top prize at the Archiboo Web Awards 2017, which recognise the best websites of architects and architecture organisations. The prize for best overall website was awarded to the David Miller-led architecture studio, after judges described is as as “clean, cool and comprehensive”. “This is a very well organised,

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Sam Jacob and MINI team up to create micro home with attached library

A miniature library adjoins this tiny home that architect Sam Jacob and car brand MINI have built for this year’s London Design Festival. MINI created the 50-square-metre Urban Cabin as part of its ongoing MINI Living project, which is exploring new forms of urban living. The tiny cabin is designed for a future when homes become a shared resource.

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Sculptures of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano will sit opposite the Centre Pompidou

French artist Xavier Veilhan has created two new sculptures of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, which are set to be permanently installed across from the architects’ iconic building, the Centre Pompidou. The sculptures are variations on pieces in Veilhan’s Architects series, first exhibited at a private viewing in the Palace of Versailles in 2009. They will

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Residents of Sydney high-rise estate use lights to protest against gentrification

Night after night, the windows of the tower blocks that make up the Waterloo Estate in Sydney have been gradually lit up in different colours as part of a public art project that aims to make the community more visible. Triggered by the NSW state government’s plans to redevelop the area, the #WeLiveHere2017 project has been gaining

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Tree-shaped structure shows how mushroom roots could be used to create buildings

While some architects have been experimenting with mushroom mycelium as a cladding material, architect Dirk Hebel and engineer Philippe Block have gone one step further – by using fungi to build self-supporting structures. Hebel, who leads the Sustainable Construction unit at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Block, who founded the Block Research Group at ETH Zürich,

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Erwin Wurm’s Fat House installed outside baroque palace in Vienna

An “obese house” by Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm has been installed on the lawn outside an 18th-century palace in Vienna. Wurm first created the Fat House in 2003, as a commentary on middle-class consumer culture. It is now on show outside the Upper Belvedere, one of Vienna’s most important examples of baroque architecture. The seven-metre-high sculpture is similar in

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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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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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Neon constructs a colourful cathedral in France that moves with the wind

British studio Neon has created a vibrant tent-like installation covered in wind-reactive inflatable pockets in the mountains of France. Titled Wind Cathedral, the site-specific artwork was created by Mark Nixon’s architecture and design practice for Horizons, an annual open-air exhibition in Massif du Sancy focusing on large installations. Located on a hill in the countryside of a small

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Royal Mail’s latest stamp collection celebrates the UK’s “renaissance of contemporary architecture”

Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre, EMBT’s Scottish Parliament and Haworth Tompkins’s Stirling-Prize-winning Everyman Theatre are just some of the landmark buildings featured on a new set of UK stamps dedicated to contemporary architecture. Designed by London design agency GBH, the Royal Mail Special Stamps Collection features 10 of the most famous public buildings from the last two decades. The buildings

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