The SHED Project offers micro-homes inside vacant London properties

Self-contained micro homes are being installed inside vacant buildings across London as part of an initiative called The SHED Project, which features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. The project sees property management company Lowe Guardians create temporary affordable housing for young professionals inside empty properties like warehouses and office blocks. By doing so, the company is also helping to keep

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Chinese cities are “still copying” architecture from other countries says Ma Yansong

MAD co-founder Ma Yansong says that Chinese cities should draw more from the country’s traditional architecture, rather than aping the style of western buildings, in the second part of our exclusive video interview. Ma says that looking at the philosophy of traditional buildings could help the country develop a contemporary style that is uniquely Chinese. Ma, who

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Henning Larsen’s Etobicoke Civic Centre shelters public square from cold winds

Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects has won a competition to design a group of buildings in Toronto, with a proposal that channels wind to create a comfortable microclimate in a central plaza. The Etobicoke Civic Centre will feature a cluster of buildings of different sizes, arranged to shelter a public square from cold prevailing winds. The development was planned to

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The Seasteading Institute’s floating cities are designed for unregulated innovation

A plan to build self-sufficient floating cities outside of national borders features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. The Seasteading Institute is a non-profit organisation founded by political economic theorist Patri Friedman and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel. The organisation aims to build “start-up countries” at sea, known as “seasteads”, that

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Los Angeles River could be revitalised with designs from seven architecture firms

A vision to transform the desolate Los Angeles River into a bustling oasis featuring cycle paths, play areas, public art and kayaking facilities features in the latest movie from our Dezeen x MINI Living video series. Created by seven architecture firms, the LA River Downtown Design Dialogue celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles River Revitalisation

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Baca Architects proposes floating settlements to combat overcrowding in cities

The latest instalment of our Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores the “aquatecture” of Baca Architects, which includes plans for floating houses, villages and even a Grand Prix track. London-based Baca Architects has developed a number of concepts that aim to move growing urban populations into floating communities on docks and canals. The studio’s plans to reinvigorate a water space in London’s

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Vertical farm designed to produce food amidst Shanghai’s skyscrapers

The latest video in our Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative series investigates a design for a hydroponic vertical farm nestled among the skyscrapers of Shanghai. US architecture firm Sasaki Associates has designed the farm to produce food for the inhabitants of China’s largest city. The farm’s output will largely consist of leafy greens like kale, spinach and lettuce, which are

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Jaime Hayon combines Caesarstone with stained glass to create colourful Stone Age Folk pavilion

Spanish designer Jaime Hayon explains how traditional marquetry techniques informed his Stone Age Folk pavilion in this movie Dezeen filmed for Caesarstone during Milan design week. Caesarstone’s Stone Age Folk exhibition, which ran from 4 to 8 April during Milan design week, featured a pavilion by Hayon constructed within the ballroom of Palazzo Serbelloni, a

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SO-IL and MINI create an air-filtering house that “contributes to improving urban life”

In this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen, MINI Living Initiative creative lead Oke Hauser and SO-IL co-director Ilias Papageorgiou explain how they collaborated to install a translucent prefab home in an unused urban plot in Milan. The prototype house, developed by MINI Living and New York architectural practice SO-IL, consists of a three-storey modular structure wrapped in

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