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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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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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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Cassidy Reid devises Hyperloop network to “make Europe great again”

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Cassidy Reid has designed a concept for a high-speed transport network based on Hyperloop to create infrastructural and cultural corridors across Europe, and shrink travel time between cities. Connecting London to Krakow in just one hour and ten minutes, and passing through Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt and Prague, Reid’s Pan-European Corridor network leverages newly developed Hyperloop

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Grace Quah’s Bartlett graduation project is a feminist film featuring homes that perform domestic chores

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Grace Quah has produced a feminist film featuring a conceptual housing estate where appliances become the architecture, reducing the amount of unpaid domestic labour women are required to carry out. Quah developed her Silvertown Plug-In project during her studies on the Bartlett’s MA programme. She was part of Unit 26, led by Simon Kennedy

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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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RCA graduate proposes low-cost cantilevered homes to combat housing crisis

This captioned movie explores a proposal by RCA graduate Llywelyn James to tackle London’s housing crisis by building 100-metre-long cantilevered structures on the city’s undeveloped brownfield sites. Watch more one-minute movies › 

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Matt Lucraft proposes solution to London’s housing crisis with “mad-cap” building system

Graduate shows 2016: Bartlett student Matt Lucraft has proposed an evolving self-built housing co-operative based on a mishmash of English vernacular and historic Japanese architecture as a solution to London’s housing crisis (+ movie). Lucraft’s Dagenham Breach Housing Co-operative seeks to address the lack of affordable housing in London by offering an open-source modular system that could More

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Johnny Lui reimagines London planning process as multiplayer video game

Graduate shows 2016: in this movie, Royal College of Art graduate Johnny Lui explains his concept for a digital planning system, which architects would play like a video game to get projects built in the real world. Called Cilvia, Lui’s speculative planning tool – which he developed for the masters programme in architecture at the Royal 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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Bilding is a faceted wooden community centre built by students in an Austrian park

Architecture students from the University of Innsbruck have designed and built an angular timber and glass structure to provide a place for youngsters in the Austrian city to develop creative skills (+ slideshow). The Bilding pavilion is located in Innsbruck’s Rapoldi Park, on a plot provided by the city council. Devised by a voluntary group connected to local More

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Terunobu Fujimori works with Kingston University students to create charred timber pavilion

Graduate shows 2016: Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori worked with students from Kingston University to create this tiered pavilion, which is clad in pieces of charred timber, zinc and chestnut wood (+ slideshow). Fujimori designed and built the Seminar House Pavilion with postgraduate students from Unit 5 during his residency at the architecture school earlier this year. The architect – known for 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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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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Ciaran Scannell proposes “fantastical world” in London’s HS2 railway tunnels

Graduate shows 2016: the UK’s high-speed railway network could incorporate an underground swimming pool, museum and concert hall, suggests Royal College of Art graduate Ciaran Scannell. Scannell has designed a one-kilometre extension to the proposed HS2 railway network that aims to link London with Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester by 2033. The project, entitled The 18th Mile of HS2, imagines a “fantastical More

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Louise Bjørnskov Schmidt designs rainforest complex to promote eco awareness in Panama

Graduate shows 2016: Bartlett graduate Louise Bjørnskov Schmidt has proposed an ecological education facility that circles a lake within a Panama rainforest (+ slideshow). Bjørnskov Schmidt’s project is a response to what she perceives as failings in the education system to properly promote awareness of the vital role the tropical rainforest surrounding Panama City plays in supporting city life. 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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Tia Kharrat designs butterfly house that mimics the structure of the insects’ eggs

Graduate shows 2016: University of Westminster graduate Tia Kharrat has designed an architectural structure based on the eggs of a rare butterfly species (+ slideshow). Kharrat developed the project Metamorphosis: Inception for her masters degree in architecture at the London university. Kharrat initially designed the structure to house a butterfly enclosure, although she later explored other uses. The design takes its cues from the geometry 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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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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Iowa architecture students design military shelters for combat zones to help soldiers feel safer

Graduate design students at Iowa State University have created conceptual schemes for shelters that would house US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and help give them a sense of safety (+ slideshow). The schemes were produced as part of a new studio called In Harm’s Way, led by Lee Cagley, a professor and chair of the school’s More

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Giant timber megaphones designed by students to amplify sounds of an Estonian forest

This trio of mammoth timber funnels is designed to magnify the natural sounds of a forest in southern Estonia, and to double up as a space for ramblers to contemplate and rest. Created by a group of interior architecture students from the Estonian Academy of Arts, Unplugged Kingsize Megaphones is installed in a densely forested site in the Pähni Nature […]

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Freddie Jackson proposes a Thames tidal barrier containing housing and entertainment districts

Graduate shows 2015: University of Westminster graduate Freddie Jackson has designed a tidal barrage that can produce energy from the sea, but also incorporates a community of 20,000 new homes. With London’s population expected to grow by around 2 million in the next 20 years, MA Architecture students at the University of Westminster were asked to design schemes […]

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Memorials by Beomki Lee would pay tribute to victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami

Graduate shows 2015: MIT graduate Beomki Lee has developed a proposal to commemorate the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan, with a series of spaces themed around air, earth, and water (+ slideshow). The design proposes inserting different memorial types – based on the three elements – into a devastated area of Sendai’s coastal landscape. […]

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Adam Roberts proposes stacking traditional Kyoto dwellings to create “machiya towers”

Graduate shows 2015: traditional machiya houses in the Japanese city of Kyoto are under threat from modern development, so Royal College of Art graduate Adam Roberts proposes stacking them up to make them more cost and space efficient (+ slideshow). Roberts visited Kyoto on an exchange programme during the final year of his architecture studies at the […]

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Larisa Bulibasa reimagines London’s financial district as a disorientating labyrinth

Graduate shows 2015: Larisa Bulibasa has developed a vision for the City of London in which a complex network of alleyways, dead ends and enclosed spaces evoke the bewildering financial practices conducted within. Bulibasa developed the project during her studies on the MArch course at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Her aim was to use the concept of a […]

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Liam Atkins devises cavernous workshop for fictional Wes Anderson remake of Ben-Hur

Graduate shows 2015: architecture graduate Liam Atkins has designed a workshop that is part building, part cave, to build props for a fictional series of biblical films directed by Wes Anderson (+ slideshow). Atkins, a graduate from London’s University of Westminster, has imagined a scenario where the director – known for films including The Grand Budapest Hotel […]

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Humanoid columns support conceptual skyscrapers designed to never go out of style

Graduate shows 2015: human statues support the floors of these conceptual towers by graduate Alice Theodorou – part of a 10,000-year masterplan that anticipates nuclear war and city-wide flooding (+ slideshow). Theodorou, a graduate from the architecture programme at the Royal College of Art, developed the proposal for the Mount Pleasant Mail Centre in London – a site where architectural […]

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