Shortlist unveiled for AHEAD MEA 2018 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: A grain store-turned-hotel and an open-air lodge located on a wildlife reserve are among the projects to be shortlisted in this year’s AHEAD MEA awards. The AHEAD MEA awards celebrate hotels and hospitality projects from across the Middle East and Africa that were launched between January 2017 and February 2018. Entries have been

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Vatican’s Venice Biennale pavilion made using bespoke shingles by Alpi

Dezeen promotion: Alpi produced 9,000 custom shingles from environmentally and socially responsible wood for MAP Studio’s pavilion as part of the Vatican City’s Venice Biennale debut. The Holy See commissioned architects Francesco Magnani and Traudy Pelzel of MAP Studio to design the pavilion, which is the cornerstone of it’s entry to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Set

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Seven of the best pavilions to see at the Bruges architecture triennale

Dezeen promotion: a floating timber school and a swan-inspired tower are among the pavilions to see at the Triennale Bruges 2018, in Belgium. Triennale Bruges, which runs until 16 September 2018, invited architects and designers from across the globe to create temporary structures throughout the city’s centre. Now in its second edition, this year’s triennale has the

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AHEAD awards announces shortlist of best new hotels in the Americas

Dezeen promotion: hotels on the shortlist for this year’s AHEAD Americas awards include a retro retreat in Napa Valley, an eco-friendly luxury hotel in Brooklyn and boutique escape on Mexico’s west coast. AHEAD has announced the new hotels across North and South America that are up for awards in 12 categories, with four entries shortlisted

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Competition: win a book documenting homes on the water

Our latest competition gives five readers the chance to win a copy of Gestalten’s Rock the Boat book, which explores an assortment of homes on water. Rock the Boat showcases a diverse range of floating dwellings, giving an insight into the lifestyle of the owners and designers of the selected homes. Comprised of 272 pages filled with colour

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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to deliver Royal Academy’s annual lecture

Dezeen promotion: Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects will give the annual Royal Academy of Arts architecture lecture on “freespace”, the theme they chose for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The Grafton Architects founders will deliver the 28th Annual Architecture Lecture in the new David Chipperfield-designed The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre at the Royal Academy of Arts on 16 July 2018. Dezeen is

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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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Call for entries to AHEAD Middle East and Africa awards 2018

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers working across the Middle East and Africas are invited to submit their hotel projects to this year’s AHEAD MEA awards. The Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design (AHEAD) recognises outstanding hotel design from around the world, through a series of heats in four regions: the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the

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Call for entries to YAC’s Military Museum competition

Dezeen promotion: Young Architects Competitions is inviting designers to submit proposals for a contest that would see a military fortress in Sardinia transformed into a museum dedicated to the military history. In collaboration with the Italian government, the Military Museum competition tasks designers and architects with repurposing the Military Fortress of Capo d’Orso in Palau into a

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Winners announced for AHEAD Asia 2018 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: a warehouse-turned-hotel in Singapore and a Maldivian guest suite perched above the ocean are among the winners of this year’s Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design Asias. The AHEAD Awards celebrates the best hotel projects across Asia, which have been finished between October 2016 and September 2017. All submissions were assessed by a panel of

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Competition: win tickets to a talk with architect Amanda Levete

For our latest competition, Dezeen has teamed up with Creative Entrepreneurs to give 10 readers the chance to attend a talk with Amanda Levete, founder of British architecture firm AL_A. Dezeen is media partners for the event, which will be hosted by Creative Entrepreneurs’ founder, Carolyn Dailey, and will see Levete discussing her personal work

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Final call for entries to A’ Design Awards 2018

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers have until the end of February to submit their entries to this year’s A’ Design Award and Competition. The A’ Design Awards recognise excellence in the fields of architecture, interiors, industrial design, product design graphic design, fashion, communication design and service design. They are judged by a panel made up of

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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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Shortlist revealed for AHEAD Asia 2018 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: a converted sugar mill set in a Chinese mountain range and a curvaceous bar that offers views of the Indian Ocean are among the projects shortlisted for this year’s edition of the AHEAD Asia awards. There are 27 projects shortlisted for awards at AHEAD Asia 2018, which honours the best hospitality projects completed in the

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Call for entries to AHEAD Americas 2018 awards

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers working across the Americas are invited to submit their hotel projects to the AHEAD Americas awards for 2018. Now in its second year, Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design (AHEAD) celebrates world-leading hotel design from around the world, through a series of regional award ceremonies. AHEAD Americas covers projects from anywhere in

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AIANY calls for emerging architecture firms to enter New Practices New York awards

Dezeen promotion: submissions are now open for newly established architecture and design studios to enter the New Practices New York 2018 Awards, presented by the city’s American Institute of Architects chapter and Center for Architecture. New Practices New York recognises new firms that are proving their commitment to transforming New York City for the better.

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A Year of Architecture in a Day talks return to The Met in New York

Dezeen promotion: a symposium covering the most important architecture and design projects from the past 12 months will take place 9 December 2017 at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, with speakers including architects Wang Shu and David Adjaye. As media partner for In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day, which The

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AHEAD Middle East and Africa announces 2017 winners of hotel design awards

Dezeen promotion: the winners of this year’s AHEAD Awards for the Middle East and Africa include a safari retreat in Botswana and a five-star cliffside resort and spa in Oman. The awards celebrate various aspects of hospitality design, with entries assessed on aesthetics, guest experience and commercial viability by a panel of judges comprising leading hoteliers, architects and

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Mario Botta pairs stone with Jansen steel frames to create striped facade for Swiss mountain restaurant

Dezeen promotion: Swiss architect Mario Botta has completed an unusually shaped restaurant in the alps, which combines natural stone cladding with Jansen’s steel facade system. Mario Botta – the architect best known for his postmodern San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – designed the restaurant for Monte Generoso, an Alpine mountain located on the border between Switzerland and

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Architects and designers invited to reimagine a shopping centre as a “winter wonderland outlet”

Dezeen promotion: an ideas competition has launched to design an outlet store for Santa Clauses’ leftover Christmas presents, and the winner will be offered a paid internship at Snøhetta’s office in Norway. The competition, titled the Unbelievable Challenge, calls for proposals to renovate the Pasaż Grunwaldzki shopping centre in the Polish city of Wrocław to create a “winter wonderland

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Archtober brings month-long architecture celebration to New York City

Dezeen promotion: architecture and design events including building tours, lectures and parties are set to take place across New York City for the duration of October 2017. The city’s Center for Architecture will put on a packed programme for the seventh edition of Archtober, from 1 to 31 October 2017, in collaboration with over 70

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Call for entries to YAC’s Pinocchio Children’s Library competition

Dezeen promotion: Young Architects Competitions is now accepting proposals for a children’s library in Florence, which would be dedicated to the adventures of fictional character Pinocchio. The library competition tasks designers and architects to come up with ideas for the “first and largest children library inspired by the fairy tale of Pinocchio”. They are expected

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Toto presents the work of Japanese architects and students

Dezeen promotion: Japanese bathroom brand Toto is hosting an exhibition in London, exploring how European study has affected the work of 20 Japanese architects and architecture students. Called Toshindai: Life-sized, the exhibition is curated by Japanese Junction, a group of Japanese architects based in London. It takes place at Toto’s London showroom from 20 September to

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Shortlist revealed for inaugural AHEAD Middle East and Africa hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: a hotel overlooking the Hajar Mountains in Oman and a Botswanan lodge located on a UNESCO World Heritage site are among the shortlisted projects for the inaugural AHEAD Middle East and Africa awards for hospitality experience and design. The AHEAD Middle East and Africa (MEA) awards will recognise the region’s best hospitality design and architecture

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Minsuk Cho designs bridge-linked gallery and clubhouse for Hong Kong’s Mount Pavilia

Dezeen promotion: entrepreneur Adrian Cheng worked with architect Minsuk Cho of South Korean studio Mass Studies to design a clubhouse, gallery and eateries for a housing development set within landscaped grounds on Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay. Located on the idyllic eastern shore of the city, the Mount Pavilia complex was commissioned by New World Development as part of a lifestyle concept it calls The Artisanal Movement, which

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Over 800 buildings open to the public for Open House London 2017

Dezeen promotion: a quirky Haringey house, a Stirling Prize-nominated apartment block with wicker balconies and the new home of New Scotland Yard are among the buildings that open up their doors to the public next month, as part of Open House London. Dezeen is media partner for Open House London, a two-day festival that will see over 800 buildings – from private

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Laisné Roussel creates white mesh tower featuring two plant-covered slides

Dezeen promotion: Parisian architecture studio Laisné Roussel took cues from greenhouses to design this white metal tower filled with plants for the first architecture biennale in Lyon, France. Laisné Roussel’s Flower Pavilion was installed in front of the La Sucrière contemporary art building, marking the entrance to the inaugural Biennale d’Architecture of Lyon, which took place in the French

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Call for entries to RIBA International Prize 2018

Dezeen promotion: architects from all around the world are invited to enter their projects for the second edition of the RIBA International Prize, to be judged by a panel led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro co-founder Liz Diller. Dezeen is media partner for the RIBA International Prize 2018, a biennial architecture award that aims to recognise the best new buildings

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Hong Kong’s Skypark rooftop provides a playground for “balance-centric millennials”

Dezeen promotion: entrepreneur Adrian Cheng has worked alongside Dutch architecture studio Concrete to create a new social space in Hong Kong tower Skypark that meets the needs of its youthful residents. Located in central Kowloon, Skypark features a clubhouse and lawned garden on its roof, with exterior steps that double as amphitheatre-style outdoor seating. New World Development built the

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BoutiqueHomes website offers holidays in architect-designed homes

Dezeen promotion: holidaymakers can rent architect-designed buildings around the world through rental site BoutiqueHomes, including a stone-walled Mexican house and a hilltop house in Portugal with a missing corner. The BoutiqueHomes website lists over 1,200 homes and hotels around the world, each hand-picked for their unusual and interesting design. The site was launched by founders

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AHEAD Americas hospitality awards announces 2017 winners

Dezeen promotion: a cylindrical cultural centre designed by OMA, an old Mexican residence renovated with huge slatted wooden walls, and a boutique “micro hotel” with tiny rooms are among the winners of this year’s Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design Americas. The AHEAD Americas 2017 awards recognises hotel and hospitality projects across the Americas, completed between September 2015 and December 2016. Entrants

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Royal College of Art launches masters degrees in environmental architecture and city design

Dezeen promotion: London’s RCA has launched two new 15-month MA programmes in environmental architecture and city design starting in September 2017. The university – recently named the world’s top design school for the third year running – is now accepting applications for MA City Design and MA Environmental Architecture. The MA City Design course is aimed

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Ma Yansong invites architecture students to apply for 2017 MAD Travel Fellowship

Dezeen promotion: Beijing architecture studio MAD is calling for students to apply for its travel fellowships, allowing them to research architecture in countries all around the world. MAD founder Ma Yansong launched the MAD Architecture Travel Fellowship programme in 2009. For 2017, it offers five international architecture students the chance to visit China, and sponsors five Chinese students to travel abroad.

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David Chipperfield, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Ma Yansong to speak at RIBA International Week

Dezeen promotion: architects David Chipperfield, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Ma Yansong will join Dr Joan Clos of UN-Habitat for the centrepiece conference of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ International Week in July. RIBA International Week, which takes place from 3 to 7 July 2017, is a programme of events and keynote speeches exploring the

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Speaker programme announced for DesignBuild 2017 event in Sydney

Dezeen promotion: Populous architect Michael Lockwood is among the design industry experts to speak at this year’s DesignBuild conference, taking place in Sydney’s International Convention Centre next month. The three-day trade show will be the first architectural event to be held at the International Convention Centre, which was recently completed by architects Hassell and Populous. Taking

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Trimo wall system used by architects including Grimshaw and Mecanoo

Dezeen promotion: facade manufacturer Trimo has created a modular wall system, which allows for curved corners, and has been used on recent projects by Grimshaw and Mecanoo. The Qbiss One features multiple joint options and surface treatments, meaning it can be used for different functions and create different aesthetics. Mecanoo used the system to create the curved end of The Home,

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Call for entries to Iconic Awards’ international architecture and design competition

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers are invited to submit projects to this year’s Iconic Awards, with winners being announced in a ceremony at Coop Himmelb(l)au’s BMW Welt. The Iconic Awards recognises international projects by architects, designers and the construction industry. Previous winners include David Adjaye, Kengo Kuma, Muji and Faye Toogood. Organised by the German Design Council, the awards will be presented

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A Smarter City competition calls for innovative designs for London’s green spaces

Dezeen promotion: designers are invited to come up with innovative solutions to revamp public spaces in the City of London, in the first of three competitions as part of the A Smarter City initiative. A Smarter City is a project led by The City Centre in partnership with the City of London Corporation and developer Brookfield Property Partners, seeking to improve

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Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2017 will explore changing workspaces

Dezeen promotion: Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne has revealed the programme for this year’s event, which will feature exhibitions focused on new ways of working. Now in its 10th edition, the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne is set to take place from 9 March to 9 April 2017. This year, the month-long event will expand beyond the walls of the old Manufacture d’Armes of

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Final call for entries to A’ Design Awards 2017

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers have until the end of February to submit their entries to this year’s A’ Design Awards. The A’ Design Awards aims to recognise and promote international design projects across the architecture, interiors and design industries, with categories ranging from Architecture, Building and Structure Design to Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design. Further information on each of the categories is

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Call for entries to Coloured Concrete Works Award 2017

Dezeen promotion: materials manufacturer Lanxess is inviting architects to submit entries to an award that recognises contemporary design using coloured concrete. The Concrete Works Award 2017 forms part of Cologne-based Lanxess’ Coloured Concrete Works initiative, which aims to promote modern architecture that tints concrete with different coloured pigments. Architects of completed projects from all over the world are welcome

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Deadline approaching for entries to Piet Zwart Institute’s postgraduate programme

Dezeen promotion: the application deadline for the Piet Zwart Institute’s interior architecture postgraduate programme in Rotterdam has been announced. Applicants wishing to study the Master in Interior Architecture: Research and Design (MIARD) programme have until 1 March 2017 to apply. The Piet Zwart Institute, which is the centre for postgraduate study and research of the Willem de Kooning Academy,

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SCI-Arc renews full-tuition scholarship for European architecture students

Dezeen promotion: the Southern California Institute of Architecture has extended its full scholarship for a European architecture student to study a masters at the university in Los Angeles. SCI-Arc announced that it will continue its scholarship opportunity for European architects for the 2017 academic year. The European Union 2017 Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition fees for SCI-Arc’s two-year Master of

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Architect@Work to explore amphibious cities for 2017 event in London

Dezeen promotion: Architect@Work has unveiled its programme for this year’s London event, which features a talk on floating architecture with Gensler, Carl Turner Architects and Studio Octopi. Dezeen is media partners for the two-day trade Architect@Work trade fair, which is aimed at architects, designers and specifiers. It will return to Olympia National Hall in London on 25 and 26 January 2017.

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Final call for architecture students to apply for SCI-Arc’s 2017 masters programme

Dezeen promotion: The Southern California Institute of Architecture has put out a final call for architecture students to apply to its masters programme in Los Angeles, starting in autumn 2017. Applications to study the two-year Master of Architecture programme, or MArch 2, at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will close on 6 January 2017. It is

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Call for entries to YAC’s Castle Resort competition

Dezeen promotion: Young Architects Competitions is inviting architects and designers to come up with ideas for transforming the ruins of a medieval castle in Italy into a holiday destination. The Castle Resort contest is organised by Young Architects Competitions (YAC) in collaboration with Marlegno – a company that develops sustainable housing – and the Italian Government Agency for State Property. The ideas-based competition focuses on an abandoned fortress

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David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid among shortlist for inaugural RIBA International Prize

RIBA International Prize: the Royal Institute of British Architects has revealed the six projects competing to be named world’s best new building, including David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex and Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center. Dezeen is media partner for the inaugural RIBA International Prize, which recognises buildings of any type, size and budget by any qualified architect in any country

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New London Architecture calls on UK government to provide affordable workspaces

Dezeen promotion: the government must prioritise new models of affordable workspaces to ensure that London maintains its “global competitiveness” as a centre of commerce, according to a new report by New London Architecture. The report is part of the WRK / LDN Insight study by New London Architecture (NLA) – an independent forum for discussion, debate and

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World Architecture Festival 2016 unveils seminar programme for first Berlin event

Dezeen promotion: this year’s World Architecture Festival will address a range of housing issues, including displaced communities, modern lifestyles and global urbanisation. Dezeen is media partners for World Architecture Festival 2016, which this year takes place at Arena Berlin, Germany, from 16 to 18 November 2016. Under the theme Housing For Everyone, the event will include an opening keynote

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CGI artist Forbes Massie explains his approach in new film by Eizo ColorEdge

Dezeen promotion: this film by Eizo ColorEdge follows visualisation artist Forbes Massie as he describes his studio’s methods for creating images that “your grandmother falls in love with” (+ movie). Forbes Massie’s film is one of a three-part series called Living, Breathing Colour, which features image makers from different creative disciplines who use Eizo’s ColorEdge colour-correcting monitors and display systems. In the video, Massie More

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Call for entries to NLA’s Don’t Move, Improve! awards 2017

Dezeen promotion: New London Architecture is now accepting entries for Don’t Move, Improve! 2017, a competition to find the best house extensions in London. Now in its seventh year, the contest was launched by New London Architecture (NLA) – an independent forum for discussion, debate and information about architecture and construction in the capital. The aim of Don’t Move, Improve! is to More

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Call for entries to A’ Design Awards and Competition 2017

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers are invited to submit entries to this year’s A’ Design Awards (+ slideshow). The A’ Design Awards aims to recognise and promote international design projects across categories that span architecture, interiors and design – see the full list of categories. Entries must have been completed within the last 10 years, and will More

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Call for entries to American Architecture Prize 2016

Dezeen promotion: entries are now open for architects to submit projects to the American Architecture Prize, which will be judged by Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Sadie Morgan and Will Alsop (+ slideshow). The American Architecture Prize (AAP) was launched this year to recognise architectural design and innovation completed by professional firms, university students and independent designers in the last five years. Over 40 More

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Satellite Architects to create gridded facade installation for designjunction 2016

Dezeen promotion: Satellite Architects has designed a gridded structure filled with mirrors and vegetation for the entrance to designjunction’s event during this year’s London Design Festival. The London-based firm was asked to create an installation to cover the facade of designjunction’s Cubitt House pavilion – a two-storey temporary structure in London’s King’s Cross that will house more than 100 international furniture and More

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Call for entries to the Tile of Spain Awards 2016

Dezeen promotion: architects and designers are invited to submit projects that feature Spanish-made ceramics to the Tile of Spain Awards 2016 (+ slideshow). This year will mark the 15th edition of the annual awards programme, which is organised by the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association. It is open to international architecture firms, interior design studios and students that have used ceramics More

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Call for graduates to enter IE School of Architecture and Design competitions

Dezeen promotion: the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid is inviting architecture and design graduates to enter a pair of competitions, with prizes that include university scholarships and paid internships at international studios. The IE School of Architecture and Design has opened two international competitions – one for architecture graduates and another for design graduates. The first competition is More

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What Design Can Do to examine design’s role in Europe’s “identity crisis”

Dezeen promotion: this year’s What Design Can Do conference will focus on European identity and how the continent can learn from new initiatives emerging in Africa (+ slideshow). Taking place in Amsterdam from 30 June to 1 July, the annual design conference will this year coincide with the end of the Dutch presidency of the More

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Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu to deliver Royal Academy Annual Architecture Lecture 2016

Dezeen promotion: Chinese architects Lu Wenyu and Wang Shu, who was awarded the 2012 Pritzker Prize, will deliver the Royal Academy’s prestigious Annual Architecture Lecture this year. Lu and Wang founded Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou in 1997. Their best-known projects include the Ningbo History Museum – constructed using recycled bricks – and the China More

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SCI-Arc scholarship offers European architecture students opportunity to study in LA

Dezeen promotion: the Southern California Institute of Architecture has launched a scholarship for a European architecture student to study a masters at the university in Los Angeles. The European Union 2016 Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition fees for SCI-Arc’s two-year Master of Architecture programme (MArch 2) during the 2016-2017 academic year for a citizen of the European Union. More

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YAC annouces winners of the Lighthouse Sea Hotel competition

Dezeen promotion: a hostel with a secluded courtyard and bedrooms facing the sea has won a competition seeking ideas to transform a Sicilian lighthouse into a tourist facility. The contest was organised by Young Architects Competitions (YAC) and Valore Paese Fari – a government-funded heritage protection project – in partnership with Rimini Fiera, Agenzia del Demanio from the Italian government, More

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Rent out and stay in architect-designed homes through Holidayarchitecture website

Dezeen promotion: holiday makers can stay in houses designed by Peter Zumthor, Piet Hein Eek or John Pawson by booking through online network Holidayarchitecture (+ slideshow). Holidayarchitecture – also known as Urlaubsarchitektur – helps users to advertise their architecturally interesting properties for short-term holiday rentals, and lets others book unusual places to stay. The website More

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Call for entries to Lighthouse Sea Hotel competition 2016

Dezeen promotion: entries are open for architects and designers to submit proposals for the renovation of an abandoned lighthouse in Sicily. Organised by Young Architects Competitions (YAC) and Valore Paese Fari – a government-funded heritage protection project – the brief requires entrants to imagine a new use for a lighthouse on the Sicilian coast by […]

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Call for entries to Troldtekt’s Wood Wool Award 2015

Dezeen promotion: Danish acoustic panel manufacturer Troldtekt is inviting architects and designers to submit projects featuring innovative uses of wood wool panels for the chance to win €5,000 (+ slideshow). Troldtekt’s acoustic panels are used to absorb sound and can be applied internally or externally. The company has asked architects and designers to submit projects […]

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