“We were doomed for failure in the eyes of the architectural community” says Skyscraper movie designer

The megatall tower in new action movie Skyscraper was never expected to be a hit with architects, admits production designer Jim Bissell, but he wanted the building to be a “hero” nonetheless. The task of designing The Pearl – an imaginary 240-storey tower in Hong Kong that catches on fire – fell to Bissell and

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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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Luxembourg Pavilion calls for architects to “give more space to the public” by building on stilts

Projects by Aldo Rossi, Paul Rudolph and Le Corbusier show how buildings on stilts can be used to covertly introduce public space onto private land, according to the curators of the Luxembourg Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition features 13 towering MDF models of buildings on stilts, which were all proposed but never

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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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“We need to become better at explaining the power of architecture” says new AA director Eva Franch i Gilabert

Eva Franch i Gilabert takes up her role as the first female director of the crisis-hit Architectural Association in London next month. In this interview, she explains her vision for the influential school and her views on the problems facing architecture. The Catalan was elected as director of the Architectural Association (AA) in March this

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Hardly anyone can name more than one female architect, says director of new movie about women that built New York

“Women are doing some of the most prestigious work in New York” but nobody knows who they are, according to architect and filmmaker Beverly Willis, who wants to change this with her new movie about the women who have shaped the city. Willis’ film Unknown New York: The City that Women Built premiered last week,

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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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Sharjah Architecture Triennial will seek to overturn “orientalist cliches”

A new architecture triennial launching in the United Arab Emirates next year will challenge “pernicious” western views of Asian, African and Middle Eastern architecture, according to curator Adrian Lahoud. The Sharjah Architecture Triennial, debuting in the Emirati city in November 2019, aims to tackle stereotypes about the region and its architecture. “There’s going to be

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Architects can make a big impact “at a very small scale” say Venice Architecture Biennale directors

Architects can’t solve the world’s problems, but they can still make a significant impact, say Venice Architecture Biennale directors Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, who compare architecture to the slow-food movement. The duo, who are the founders of Dublin-based studio Grafton Architects, claim that architects don’t have the power to combat global issues. But they say

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“Zaha’s vision allowed me to have all I wanted,” says client of Hadid’s only house

Zaha Hadid was “an architectural genius” says Vladislav Doronin, the client behind the only house the late Iraqi-British architect ever built. In an exclusive interview for Dezeen, the businessman reveals how he was determined to work with Hadid on his forest home near Moscow, even though the architect had never built a private residence before.

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Forensic Architecture investigates alleged links between refugee charities and people smugglers

Researchers at Forensic Architecture are investigating allegations that human rights organisations colluded with human traffickers to smuggle refugees across the Mediterranean, in the latest real-world intervention by the team. The group, based at Goldsmiths university in London, is working to quash allegations that non-governmental organisations assisted smugglers ferrying refugees to Europe in boats. “The burden

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“The only things I’ve ever kept are photographs,” says John Pawson

Minimalist John Pawson turned to architecture after failing as a Buddhist monk and a sports photographer. As a book of his photographs goes on sale, he spoke to Dezeen about how he discovered his love of colour through Instagram. Called Spectrum and published by Phaidon, the book contains pairings of photographs taken by Pawson, whose studio is

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Kanye West can do “more than 1,000 architects” to promote diversity in architecture, says Michael Ford

Famous black musicians like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Solange Knowles are pivotal in helping architecture reach a wider audience, according to architect Michael Ford, who says “diversity will finally start to kick in” as these celebrities continue to champion the profession on their global platforms. Ford, nicknamed the Hip Hop Architect, told Dezeen that

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Julian Rosefeldt celebrates “anti-architecture” in new movie Manifesto

Filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt transforms German industrial landmarks into “alienated places” for his latest film, which sees actor Cate Blanchett take on 13 personas while reciting art declarations. Rosenfeldt, a German artist and former architect, first presented Manifesto in 2015 as a multi-screen gallery installation. He has now expanded the project into a film, which was shot almost exclusively in

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Isozaki “was the first well-known architect to work in Miami Beach” says protégé David Gauld

Arata Izosaki’s Bass Museum project paved the way for future starchitects to work in Miami Beach, says the Japanese architect’s contemporary David Gauld, who also credited the Art Basel fair with transforming the city’s attitudes towards culture and architecture. New York-based architect Gauld said that Isozaki’s extension to the art museum in 2001 sparked a

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“Russian architecture is in a transitional state” says architect Yury Grigoryan

Russia’s architects have become more interested in creating public spaces than spectacular buildings, according to Moscow-based architect Yury Grigoryan, who says the country’s architecture has reached a tipping point. Grigoryan said that rather than catering to developers, the country’s emerging architects are focussed on designing public buildings, open spaces and streets in Russian cities. “What we

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Diébédo Francis Kéré says school that launched his career is “not a traditional African building”

In this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen, Serpentine Pavilion architect Diébédo Francis Kéré reveals how building a school for his home village in Burkina Faso was the starting point for his career. Kéré was born in a village named Gando, a village on the east side of the African country. While studying to become an architect in Germany, back

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High-rise buildings should only be used to house the very rich, says Neave Brown

Tower blocks like Grenfell should never have been built, according to 2018 Royal Gold Medallist Neave Brown, who believes high-rise housing ostracises council tenants and should instead be reserved for the most wealthy in society. “Almost all those point blocks and slab blocks should never have been built because they ostracise the underprivileged into special

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English seaside towns will transform “like Brooklyn” says artist Bob and Roberta Smith

As high rents continue to drive artists out of London, the UK’s seaside towns are set to become the creative hubs of the country, according to British artist Bob and Roberta Smith. Bob and Roberta Smith – the pseudonym used by artist Patrick Brill – said that the increasing cost of living in the capital will

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Thomas Heatherwick: “There was a real worry about whether we could get people to come inside”

In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, designer Thomas Heatherwick reveals how he overcame early fears that no one would visit the art galleries in his new Cape Town art museum. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, opened last week and is now South Africa’s biggest art museum. Located inside a converted 1920s grain

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Second Chicago Architecture Biennial will “look back to look forward” say artistic directors

This year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial will ask architects to consider history in order to shape a direction for future architectural practice, say artistic directors Johnston Marklee. Set to open next week, the second Chicago Architecture Biennial will show “a cross-section of the best and most innovative work from around the world” according to Mark Lee,

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Minimalism is an “expression of obsession” says The Girl Before author JP Delaney

The Girl Before, a psychological thriller set in a minimalist house, is one of this summer’s bestselling novels. Dezeen spoke to author JP Delaney about how obsessive architects “make for very interesting fiction”. The book, which is due to be turned into a movie by Cocoon and A Beautiful Mind director Ron Howard, is set in

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David Chipperfield: “Brexit will isolate the UK”

British architect David Chipperfield describes the UK’s departure from the European Union as a “shocking loss” in our final video interview filmed at the RIBA International Conference in London. “One of the many reasons I am against Brexit is that it will isolate us,” Chipperfield says in the movie, which Dezeen filmed for the Royal

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India’s young architects must be taught to appreciate their design heritage, says Balkrishna Doshi

India is at risk of losing its architectural identity, because the country’s design schools aren’t teaching students to respect local heritage and traditions, according to architect Balkrishna Doshi. The Indian architect, who turns 90 this year, said that many of the country’s architects are too concerned with mimicking the aesthetics and practices of other countries, rather than learning from the

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New Burkina Faso parliament building “responds to needs of the people” says Diébédo Francis Kéré

Movie: in this exclusive Dezeen movie, Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains how he is rebuilding his country’s National Assembly to be “more than just a simple parliament building”. In 2014, the Burkina Faso parliament building was set ablaze during the country’s revolution, putting an end to 31 years of dictatorial rule. Kéré is now leading the scheme

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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 I was misogynist would I hire a woman as my CEO?” says Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels has hit back at accusations of sexism at his architecture firm, following the controversy over that Instagram post. Speaking to Dezeen, the Danish architect said: “Being a white male makes anything I say sort of misquoted and twisted. Anything that I say about this will be misinterpreted.” “I was shocked at the bullshit people were writing,”

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“The hotel industry is in denial about Airbnb” says Ian Schrager as Public hotel opens in New York

Legendary New York hotelier Ian Schrager has unveiled Public, a hotel concept designed by Herzog & de Meuron to counter the threat of Airbnb. The hotel, located at 215 Chrystie Street in New York’s Bowery district, offers luxury without frills as well as an emphasis on social activity – an aspect that the home-sharing rival

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I’m trying to change my mysterious reputation, says Peter Zumthor

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has attracted a cult following over his five-decade career, but kept a famously low profile in the media. He spoke to Dezeen about trying to dispel his mysterious reputation by taking cues from media-shy tennis star Roger Federer. Zumthor, 74, works with a small team of around 30 based in Haldenstein, a mountain village

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“London is looking more and more like Dubai” says architect Adam Caruso

The lack of regulation over London’s new architecture has turned the city into a “free for all”, according to Adam Caruso, one of the architects behind the Stirling Prize-winning Newport Street Gallery. Caruso – one of the co-founders of London studio Caruso St John – said that property developers hold too much power over the design and planning of his home

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“I might become Mies van der Rohe” says Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry has said he is as comfortable working on historically sensitive projects like his “nimble” Philadelphia Museum of Art renovation as he is creating blockbuster buildings. Gehry, 88, is famous for his overtly sculptural structures like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Fondation Louis Vuitton. But the Canadian-American architect told Dezeen that

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Rem Koolhaas “doesn’t respond well to having a lens shoved in his face” says his movie-maker son

Last autumn, Tomas Koolhaas released a film about his father, architect Rem Koolhaas. He spoke to Dezeen about the movie, their relationship and taking narrative tips from Kanye West. Koolhaas junior, 36, spent four years following his father around the world to make the film called REM, which aims to capture the “human experience” of the

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Brazil’s dictatorship caused lasting damage to architecture education, says Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Destroying architecture education was the “greatest evil” performed by Brazil’s military dictatorship, according to Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who has just been awarded the Royal Gold Medal. Mendes da Rocha, 88, told Dezeen that Brazil’s military coup in 1964 and the resulting 20-year dictatorship not only had a significant impact on his early career, it caused lasting damage on the

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David Adjaye “embarrassed as a male” that women still need to fight for gender equality

The architecture and design industry still doesn’t provide the same opportunities for both sexes said architect David Adjaye, on the day that hundreds of thousands of women worldwide marched for equal rights. Asked whether his sector was at the forefront of gender equality, the recently knighted British architect replied: “I don’t think we’re leading it at all.” He was speaking

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“I feel embarrassed by some of my buildings” says Kengo Kuma

With his stadium for the 2020 Olympics now underway in Tokyo, Kengo Kuma has revealed how his design involves Japan’s tsunami-affected regions, how Kenzo Tange inspired his work, and why he now avoids iconic architecture at all costs. Kuma, 62, is among a number of prolific architects working in Japan at the moment, but is particularly well-known for his

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New York’s latest skyscrapers are “disrespectful to the whole city” says Richard Meier

New York is losing its character to a new wave of skyscrapers according to architect Richard Meier, who has also revealed he would consider working for US president-elect Donald Trump. In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, Meier – who, at 82, is one of America’s most respected architects and one of the last of the 20th-century modernists

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“I was not completely surprised when Trump won” says Rem Koolhaas

An obsession with cities has masked profound changes in rural America that helped Donald Trump sweep to victory in the US presidential election, according to architect Rem Koolhaas. “I’m not saying that Trump was inevitable but the scale of upheaval in the centre of America made it very understandable for me that something else was going to happen,” the founder

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IKEA Foundation CEO says adapting refugee shelter is “like playing with Lego”

Better Shelter is the latest IKEA product to be hacked, according to the head of the company’s charitable foundation, who told Dezeen the modular refugee cabin is now being used to create doctors’ surgeries and schools. The IKEA Foundation launched its flat-pack emergency shelter back in 2013 to offer an alternative to the tents often used to house refugees

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London needs to address its profit-and-loss skyline, says Antony Gormley

London’s latest crop of skyscrapers don’t give enough back to the city according to British sculptor Antony Gormley, who claims the British capital is growing at the expense of its citizens (+ interview). The London-based artist told Dezeen that new developments in his home city are too often modelled on “maximum return on minimum investment”, resulting in a lack of adequate public More

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New York’s supertall towers “damage the city fabric” says Elizabeth Diller

Diller Scofidio + Renfro co-founder Elizabeth Diller has hit out at New York’s spate of luxury skyscrapers, saying that the city is at risk of being “consumed by the dollar” (+ interview). Diller said that supertall residential towers like Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 and SHoP’s 111 West 57th Street are being developed piecemeal with no overarching More

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“I grew up in a hot-rod culture” says Tom Kundig

American architect Tom Kundig has spent decades creating buildings that celebrate rough-and-ready materials and mechanics. In this exclusive interview, he explains how the rise of digital fabrication has affected his design philosophy (+ slideshow). Kundig, 61, has been a partner at Seattle firm Olson Kundig since 1986, and is responsible for projects that range from rustic wilderness cabins to More

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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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Meet… Tarryn Warren of Pfeffer Sal

At just a year old, Pfeffer Sal is a fairly new skincare clinic in London but the knowledge of its head therapist Tarryn Warren has been built on years of experience. Together, Tarryn (below right) and founder Andrea Pfeffer (below left), have sought out the most effective products from brands around the world. Tarryn’s bespoke […]

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Meet… Dinny Hall

It’s hard to believe that last year Dinny Hall celebrated 30 years in the industry, as the head of her eponymous brand. Her jewellery is elegant and timeless, the brand is well-known for its signature hoops and bangles which looked as good in the ’80s as they do today. I recently visited their Westbourne Grove […]

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“We could never recreate Mario Botta’s SFMOMA” says extension architect Craig Dykers of Snøhetta

Interview: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopens this month with a Snøhetta-designed extension to its original Mario Botta building. In this interview, Snøhetta partner Craig Dykers explains how he tried not to step on the toes of Botta’s Postmodern structure. The Norwegian firm’s addition almost triples the amount of gallery space at SFMOMA, which More

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“Smart technology is a solution looking for a problem,” says Rotterdam Biennale curator

Technologies like driverless cars and smart heating systems could end up making cities dysfunctional according to Maarten Hajer, curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2016 (+ interview). Speaking at an opening event for the biennale, Hajer called for architects and designers to stop treating the advent of smart technologies as inevitable, and to question whether they will solve any problems at More

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“Zaha stood out from the start” says son of former AA head

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: Zaha Hadid was “part of a mini-rebellion” as a student at London’s Architectural Association, setting the tone for the career that followed, says Nicholas Boyarsky, son of former AA director Alvin Boyarsky. In this exclusive interview, he shares some of the drawings from his father’s collection, and remembers growing up under Hadid’s More

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Zaha Hadid was “a combination of beauty and strength” says Rem Koolhaas

In an exclusive interview, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas tells Dezeen about his longstanding friendship with Zaha Hadid and hits out at the West’s architecture press for acting as a self-appointed Amnesty International towards her projects in Eastern countries (+ transcript). Koolhaas spoke to Dezeen the day after news broke of Hadid’s unexpected death at the age More

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High Rise is “not a criticism of post-war architecture” says director Ben Wheatley

The main character in High Rise, a new movie based on JG Ballard’s dystopian novel, is a residential tower that “doesn’t care about the people inside it” and is designed by an arrogant architect. Director Ben Wheatley spoke exclusively to Dezeen about the film and why it “isn’t a takedown of the architects of the More

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“Architects have a duty to do good things” says Ron Arad

Conflict areas like the West Bank offer opportunities for architects to combine their design ambitions with a desire to make a difference in the world, according to Ron Arad (+ interview). The London-based Israeli designer has just unveiled plans to build a cancer treatment centre in northern Israel, which will serve Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze communities in More

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Architects “are never taught the right thing”, says 2016 Pritzker laureate Alejandro Aravena

Exclusive interview: universities are failing to give architects the training that will enable them to find solutions for an imminent global housing crisis, says 2016 Pritzker Prize laureate Alejandro Aravena. Poverty, population growth, natural disasters and war are combining to create demand for more than a billion homes, according to the Chilean architect. But architects More

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Designers as architects debate is “f*cking opposite” of open-minded creativity says Wanders

Marcel Wanders has dismissed the ongoing debate about whether non-architects should design buildings as “an endless conversation about nothing” (+ interview + slideshow). Wanders, who is the latest designer to work on a building project with plans for a prefabricated house, told Dezeen that the argument is a waste of time. Getting caught up in the labels of architect and designer prevents creative people from “enjoying someone More

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Refugee camps are the “cities of tomorrow”, says humanitarian-aid expert

Governments should stop thinking about refugee camps as temporary places, says Kilian Kleinschmidt, one of the world’s leading authorities on humanitarian aid (+ interview). “These are the cities of tomorrow,” said Kleinschmidt of Europe’s rapidly expanding refugee camps. “The average stay today in a camp is 17 years. That’s a generation.” “In the Middle East, […]

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UK government is starting to take design seriously, says Sadie Morgan

The British government is beginning to understand that design makes a difference in major infrastructure schemes, says architect Sadie Morgan, who is advising on £100 billion of investment in UK rail and energy projects (+ interview). Morgan, co-founder of London architecture firm dRMM, effectively became one of the most powerful figures in British architecture last month when she […]

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“Most buildings are drawings filled in by engineers” says Piet Hein Eek

Dutch Design Week 2015: Dutch furniture designer Piet Hein Eek has joined the debate about whether non-architects should design buildings, saying most architects are “not interested” in construction. Eek, who is currently working on a number of architectural projects in the Netherlands, said many architects do little more than produce drawings and leave others to […]

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You don’t need to be an architect to design buildings, says Dror Benshetrit

Clients are increasingly attracted to designers who “think differently”, while architects are restricted by knowledge says Dror Benshetrit – whose New York studio is developing a giant urban island off the coast of Istanbul (+ slideshow + interview). Benshetrit, founder of Studio Dror, is among a small number of successful designers who are experimenting with large-scale […]

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“When I said architects should get involved in humanitarian issues, people laughed at me”

Exclusive interview: Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair describes the work he is conducting in Syria with his latest venture, and tells Dezeen that he’ll “die happy” knowing that he will never win the Pritzker Prize (+ transcript). Sinclair, 41, is a self-branded pioneer of a “new wave of humanitarian design” and has dedicated his […]

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Meet… Uncivilised

An Interview With Frances & Lisa From Uncivilised Uncivilised launch today with a womenswear collection aimed at those of us that lead busy lives, their plan is to simplify your wardrobe so that when you’re in a hurry it’s easy to combine any of their pieces and run out the door still feeling well put […]

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Exclusive video preview of SelgasCano’s 2015 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Movie: in the first of a series of videos to celebrate the opening of the fifteenth Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones previews SelgasCano’s colourful structure ahead of its opening next week. This year’s pavilion, which consists of layers of coloured translucent plastic wrapped around a metal frame, will be “exuberant, joyful and playful,” Peyton-Jones says in the movie. “SelgasCano […]

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Annabel Karim Kassar’s telescopic pavilions brought a taste of Lebanon to Milan

Movie: in this movie, French architect Annabel Karim Kassar explains how her Camera Chiara installation recreated the atmosphere of a Lebanese house in a Milanese courtyard. Kassar’s Camera Chiara installation, which opened in April during Milan Design Week, consisted of two telescopic pavilions made from steel and burnt wood situated within one of the University of […]

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BIG wants to create new styles of vernacular architecture, says Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels says he wants to replace Modernism’s “boring boxes” with new kinds of localised architecture (+ transcript). In the first of a series of lectures at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art by influential contemporary architects, the founder of Danish architecture firm BIG, said that Modernism and climate control technologies had combined to create identikit […]

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“Sometimes you can say more by being quiet” says designer of UK’s Milan Expo pavilion

Interview: to mark the opening of the British pavilion for the Milan Expo, Dezeen speaks to sculptor Wolfgang Buttress about trying to create a “quiet” structure in the middle of one of the world’s biggest displays of “bombastic” temporary architecture (+ slideshow). The €1.3 billion (£958 million) Milan Expo site opened to the public on […]

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Meet… Isaac Reina

Isaac Reina may not be a familiar name to you but this would come as no surprise to me, he is a man of subtlety, both in presence and in design. In truth, it’s the design and quality of his bags that does the talking, they are simply beautiful; elegant, timeless designs that are not […]

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“People have had it with the smells and verrucas from indoor pools” says Thames Baths founder

Interview: a Kickstarter campaign has launched today to fund a floating swimming pool for London’s River Thames. According to Studio Octopi architect and project co-founder Chris Romer-Lee, the city is experiencing an outdoor swimming revolution. “Indoor pools have had their day and there’s a bit of a return back to the outdoors,” said the architect. “There’s definitely a demand […]

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New architecture school aims to change “undervalued and marginalised” profession

Interview: architectural education is too expensive and too lengthy while the profession is underpaid and under-appreciated, according to the head of a new school due to open in London later this year. Dezeen spoke to London School of Architecture’s Will Hunter about his plans to overhaul the way architecture is taught. “Today British architects are undervalued as they […]

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Architectural photography was “staged and contrived” before digital, say Hufton and Crow

Interview: Nick Hufton and Allan Crow are the photographers of choice for designers including Zaha Hadid and Thomas Heatherwick. With their first exhibition now open in London, the pair spoke to Dezeen about the advantages of digital photography, and why retouching is just as important as shooting (+ slideshow). The Hufton + Crow pair, aged 39 and […]

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Digital photographs of buildings can be “disturbing”, says Hélène Binet

Interview: Hélène Binet is one of the world’s leading architectural photographers, but after 25 years in the industry, she still refuses to shoot in digital. With an exhibition of her work now open in LA, Dezeen spoke to the photographer about her devotion to film and why drone-mounted cameras are “a bit of a shock”. […]

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Google’s new HQ will be “more like a workshop than a corporate office” says Bjarke Ingels

Exclusive: BIG founder Bjarke Ingels says Google’s ambitions for its Silicon Valley campus had to be reigned in to create a unique working environment that is “buildable and doable” (+ movie). Speaking to Dezeen today, Ingels said that he and project collaborator Thomas Heatherwick are aiming to set the “industry standard” for workplace design with Google’s new headquarters in Mountain View, California. […]
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Drones can “weave structures in space in just a few minutes”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the second part of our video interview with Ammar Mirjan, the architect explains how he is using drones attached to cable dispensers to quickly build lightweight architectural structures. Drones can be a valuable new tool in construction, Mirjan claims, “widening the spectrum of what is possible” in architecture. “We can fly [drones] through and […]
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Drones can “collaborate to build architectural structures”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architect and researcher Ammar Mirjan explains how drones could be programmed to construct buildings in the first of two movies about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in architecture. In 2012, Swiss architecture firm Gramazio Kohler Architects and roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea collaborated with ETH Zürich to program a fleet of drones […]
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