“We have to build in gold, silver, titanium and copper” says Édouard François

Architects should specify expensive materials including stainless steel and titanium for their buildings to ensure they are recycled afterwards, according to French architect Édouard François. François, a pioneer of green architecture, said that cheap construction materials get thrown away but pricier components would be salvaged. “To introduce this idea of recyclability we have to build

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Paris deputy mayor questions London’s approach to skyscrapers and public space

A project like London’s now-abandoned Garden Bridge would “never” happen in Paris, according to its deputy mayor, who has criticised the UK capital’s free-market approach to development. “We don’t accept to give the management of public space to the private sector,” said Jean-Louis Missika, who is responsible for architecture, urbanism and economic development in the

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Inequality caused by urban renewal is “the central crisis of capitalism” says Richard Florida

The revival of great urban centres including New York, Los Angeles and London has caused unprecedented inequality and has led to the populism of Donald Trump, according to Richard Florida. “I think this is the central crisis of capitalism,” Florida said in a video interview last week. “A very small group of cities and metropolitan areas

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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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“Don’t spend money you don’t have” and “don’t be afraid to be an asshole,” architects advised

Getting paid on time, finding time to have children and dealing with long-hours culture were among topics discussed by executives from BIG, Zaha Hadid Architects and Design Haus Liberty at a business talk hosted by Dezeen in London last month. “Don’t hand over your drawings if the client hasn’t paid,” was the first tip provided by BIG’s chief executive Sheela Maini

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“Don’t spend money you don’t have” and “don’t be afraid to be an asshole,” architects advise

Getting paid on time, finding time to have children and dealing with long-hours culture were among topics discussed by executives from BIG, Zaha Hadid Architects and Design Haus Liberty at a business talk hosted by Dezeen in London last month. “Don’t hand over your drawings if the client hasn’t paid,” was the first tip provided by BIG’s chief executive Sheela Maini

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Asian cities overtaking “impossible” London and “terrible” New York in urban design, says Winy Maas

“Monster cities” in Asia including Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta are racing ahead of western counterparts in terms of architectural vision and urban design quality, according to architect Winy Maas of MVRDV. Maas said that the dynamic mayors of Asian cities were driving dramatic improvements to transport, housing and public space in their cities to cope with

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“Architects should be more critical and visionary” says Ma Yansong

Architects have become too close to the commercial world and should instead be proposing visionary ideas for the future, according to Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD. The profession needs to learn from past movements including the modernists, the metabolists and deconstructivists, Yansong said, and form movements capable of influencing society. “Architecture in society today

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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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Freedom Tower is a “missed opportunity” says Ian Schrager

The skyscraper that replaced the Twin Towers represents a missed chance to create great architecture, according to New York hotelier Ian Schrager. Schrager described One World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot-high (541 metres) tower designed by SOM, as a “missed opportunity”. “I’m not trying to diminish the architecture of the Freedom Tower, but I just think

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Drones will bring “profound change” change to architecture and cities, says Mark Dytham

Drones will transform the way buildings are designed, the way they look and the way they are used, according to architect Mark Dytham. Dytham, co-founder of Tokyo-based studio Klein Dytham Architecture, said that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would soon replace road transport for deliveries, meaning buildings would start “sprouting branches” for them to land on.

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Ten thousand IKEA refugee shelters left unused over fire fears, United Nations admits

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has mothballed 10,000 of IKEA’s award-winning refugee shelters over concerns about the product’s vulnerability to fire. Only 5,000 of the 15,000 shelters that UNHCR bought in 2015 have been deployed, meaning that two thirds of them, worth a total of $12,5 million, have yet to be used. The rest have remained in

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IKEA refugee shelter to be redesigned following safety fears and design flaws

Deployment of IKEA’s award-winning refugee shelter was put on hold due to concerns over a range of design issues including accessibility and fire risk, Dezeen has learned. Better Shelter, the social enterprise that produces the product, said a new version of the shelter was under development to address the issues and would be launched later this year. “Following

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Architect Cameron Sinclair to lead Airbnb’s humanitarian team

Home-sharing service Airbnb has assembled an in-house humanitarian team headed by architect Cameron Sinclair, to help it achieve its aim of providing temporary housing for 100,000 people within five years. Dezeen understands that Sinclair, who previously co-founded Architecture for Humanity and later worked for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian charity the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation,

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Turkey completes first phase of 900km wall along Syrian border

As Donald Trump prepares to build a wall between the USA and Mexico, Turkey has announced the completion of a three-metre high fortification along its border with Syria to prevent refugees and smugglers entering the country. The completed 556-kilometre section is the first phase of a structure that will eventually seal the entire 911-kilometre border between the two countries. The

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Royal Gold Medal winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha represents optimism in a time of pessimism, says Chipperfield

Sir David Chipperfield has accused politicians of lacking courage and vision at a time when “ideas and principles are under siege” and said architecture has become “contaminated by cynicism”. Speaking at the RIBA Royal Gold Medal dinner in London last night, Chipperfield praised the work of 2017 medal laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha, saying the

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Overseas architects “frantically trying to apply for UK citizenship” as Brexit looms

Almost half of all architects working in London come from overseas, according to a survey of practices conducted for Dezeen. The figures highlight the extent to which the architecture sector in the capital relies on foreign workers, with practices expressing fears over the implications of the Brexit vote on overseas staff. “We rely heavily on

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UK architects will still be able to pitch for public work in Europe after Brexit, RIBA says

Brexit will have “no impact” on the ability of UK architects and designers to pitch for public-sector commissions in Europe, according to the Royal Institute of British Architects. UK firms had expressed concern that the UK’s vote to leave the European Union would prevent them from tendering for work advertised in the Official Journal of the

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OMA offices around the world get “independent voice” says Rem Koolhaas

The international offices of Dutch architecture firm OMA have been given independence from the head office in Rotterdam, allowing founder Rem Koolhaas to concentrate on personal projects, the architect has explained. Speaking to Dezeen in Miami last month, the Dutch architect said that the six overseas offices would continue to carry the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) name

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Design “enhances our economy and our global reputation” says UK culture minister

UK culture minister Matt Hancock has praised the UK’s architects and designers, describing the sector as “vitally important to our future as an outward looking, creative nation”. The comments – the first in which the new minister has specifically highlighted the UK’s design sector – came after a dinner hosted by Dezeen and held at Second Home in

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Miami architecture finally addresses “visible and tangible impacts of sea-level rise”

Architects and developers working in Miami are belatedly responding to climate change, amid a growing sense of alarm over how rising sea levels are affecting the city. Design Miami chief creative officer Rodman Primack told Dezeen that climate change is “actually happening” in Miami while Vanity Fair’s architecture critic Paul Goldberger said rising sea levels

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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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Designers and architects describe “shock” in their offices after Brexit vote

Brexit design summit: how has the EU referendum affected the UK’s architects and designers and what will Brexit mean for the sector? Dezeen convened a summit of leading practitioners, retailers, writers and lawyers to discuss the implications and explore what action can be taken. On Wednesday last week, one month after the UK went to the polls More

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UK needs infrastructure spending to succeed after Brexit, says Sadie Morgan

Brexit crisis: architect and government adviser Sadie Morgan has called on the UK government to stick to its infrastructure investment plans as it prepares to leave the European Union. Her call comes amid fears that costly spending on railways, roads and airports could be axed as a result of the EU referendum vote. “We need to More

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Heatherwick appointed to design new stand for Fulham FC

London football club Fulham FC has appointed Thomas Heatherwick to redesign part of its stadium and create “an iconic landmark on the banks of the River Thames”. Heatherwick Studio will lead the overhaul of the Riverside stand at Craven Cottage, the club’s west London home since 1896. Heatherwick was personally chosen by Shahid Khan, the owner More

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Soho House considers move into co-living market and hires Tadao Ando for Tokyo members club

Private members club Soho House is considering expanding into the fast-growing co-living market, according to founder Nick Jones. “We’re looking,” Jones told Dezeen, who also revealed that Japanese superstar architect Tadao Ando is designing the group’s latest outpost in Tokyo. “We’re looking at the possibility of moving to an upgraded student living idea,” said Jones, More

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Trademark protection will cost more after Brexit says intellectual property lawyer

Brexit crisis: UK design firms will likely pay more to protect their designs and miss out on new EU-wide patents if the country leaves the European Union, according to a leading intellectual property law firm. European Union design and trademark rights “would almost certainly cease to be effective in the UK” if the country left the EU, according to More

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Design firms should “relocate their operations to the EU” if Brexit talks fail, says lawyer

EU referendum: creative businesses in the UK should consider relocating to the EU in the wake of Brexit, according to a lawyer who advises design and fashion companies. Moving would allow these businesses to get round trade barriers that could be erected if the UK fails to negotiate access to the single market, said Annabelle Gauberti, partner at law More

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Designers should demand new policies to “make the best” of Brexit, says Rohan Silva

EU referendum: architects and designers in the UK should stop complaining about the outcome of the EU referendum and instead start fighting for better post-Brexit policies for their industry, according to a former senior policy adviser to the government. Last week’s vote to take the UK out of the European Union could prove to be a boost 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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Kunlé Adeyemi’s floating school posed “danger to the kids,” headmaster claims

A row has broken out over architect Kunlé Adeyemi’s award-winning Makoko Floating School following its collapse earlier this week, with a community leader in Lagos claiming pupils were evacuated three months ago over safety concerns and architecture critics questioning its credentials. Noah Shemede, headmaster of a nearby school whose pupils made use of the water-borne facilities, told More

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ArDe design fair at Somerset House cancelled due to lack of sponsors

The ArDe architecture and design fair, which was due to open at Somerset House in London this week, has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship. The fair, which was due to open to the public on Wednesday, was quietly shelved a couple of weeks ago when exhibitors were informed via email, Dezeen understands. “It More

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Alejandro Zaera-Polo sues Princeton University for libel following plagiarism row

Architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo has filed a lawsuit against Princeton University for libel and breach of contract, after he was asked to step down as head of its architecture school over allegations of plagiarism. The architect, who was head of Princeton University School of Architecture until his forced departure, is claiming damages and legal costs against his former More

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Micro apartments could help cities retain their diversity says Ian Schrager

The booming market for luxury apartments in New York “is an issue” that could damage the city, according to hotelier and real-estate developer Ian Schrager – and micro apartments could be the solution. Speaking to Dezeen, Schrager said that the influx of rich people into New York and other cities threatened their diversity. “I do think More

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Architecture and design “can support or even change company culture” says Haworth research

Haworth white papers: workplace culture is the most important factor to take into account when designing office spaces, according to research by Haworth. The research, contained in a white paper produced by the US office furniture giant, found that organisational culture is a more important consideration than efficiency and performance when it comes to office More

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Video games will become “new tools” to solve architecture’s global challenges

Video games will become an increasingly important tool for designing cities, according to Los Angeles architect and game developer Jose Sanchez (+ movie). Sanchez, who this week launches a neighbourhood-building simulator called Block’hood, said games could help both professionals and the public understand the challenges of contemporary cities. “As architects, we have been trained to think More

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Minority Report designer Alex McDowell applies filmmaking techniques to refugee-camp design

Design Indaba 2016: a design technique used on feature films including Minority Report, The Terminal and Man of Steel is being applied to refugee camps in an attempt to develop more human-centric settlements. Production designer Alex McDowell is exploring how the “World Building” technique he developed while working on Hollywood movies could be used to develop More

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SelgasCano’s Louisiana Pavilion to be reused as a school in Kenya’s Kibera slum

A pavilion designed by architects SelgasCano for a Copenhagen art museum is being transported to a Nairobi slum, where it will serve as a school for 600 pupils (+ slideshow). The Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion has been packed in shipping containers and is on its way to Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa, where it will More

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Claesson Koivisto Rune unveils new business concept for entrepreneurial designers

Business news: Swedish architecture and design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune has developed a new business model that allows designers to earn 75 per cent of the proceeds of their products, rather than the standard royalty of five per cent or less. CKR will launch the concept at Stockholm Design Week next week along with a collection of objects More

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Royal Gold Medal for Zaha Hadid was “totally overdue” says RIBA president

The Royal Institute of British Architects has acted “to right a 180-year wrong” by giving its highest honour to a woman, the body’s president has said. Jane Duncan made the remark in a speech at a ceremony at RIBA headquarters in London last night, where architect Zaha Hadid became the first woman ever to win More

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Lack of recognition for entrepreneurial designers is “a huge lost opportunity”

Business news: UK creatives such as architect Zaha Hadid and designer Thomas Heatherwick are not given the recognition they deserve as business pioneers, according to the founder of a new website to help creative startups. Carolyn Dailey, who this week launches the Creative Entrepreneurs online resource, said she had the idea after noticing that tech entrepreneurs get far more More

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Peter Cook pans “awful” redevelopment of Kings Cross

World Architecture Festival 2015: architect Peter Cook has attacked the redevelopment of Kings Cross in London, describing the huge regeneration scheme as “boring, unbelievable, really dour”. Speaking on the first day of the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, Cook told the audience he was “embarrassed” by the 67-acre redevelopment. “It’s awful, boring, boring stuff,” he […]

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Zaha Hadid is “resentful and wronged” says Stephen Bayley

Design critic Stephen Bayley has attacked architect Zaha Hadid, describing her as aggressive, intractable and bitter. Writing for The Spectator last week, Bayley rounded on Hadid after she terminated a BBC radio interview when the interviewer questioned her about problems with her stadium projects in Tokyo and Qatar. “Listeners may have formed opinions of their […]

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Student-style accommodation for adults “is going to be the next market” says Naomi Cleaver

Student-style accommodation with communal facilities could help solve London’s housing crisis and regenerate urban centres around the country, according to interior designer and TV presenter Naomi Cleaver. Cleaver, who has designed numerous student accommodation projects including iQ Shoreditch in London, said that offering similar rental accommodation could provide city-centre accommodation for adults who are unable to […]

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Crowdfunding platforms are “changing the game” for public architecture projects

Crowdfunding represents a “huge opportunity” for architects looking to get public projects off the ground, according to the team behind the latest infrastructure project to seek funding on Kickstarter. “A lot of people see the potential of crowdfunding to get the public involved in a project the public will use,” said Sophie Paton, part of […]

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Dezeen’s ten most popular stories about design with balloons

Our most visited story last week was about an installation of 100,000 white balloons at Covent Garden in London. Stories about the child-friendly inflatables are always popular on Dezeen so we’ve assembled our all-time top ten balloon posts, including a bridge, an airship and a levitating bench. Passing Cloud by Tiago Barros Most popular ever is this not-entirely serious […]

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Today we like: architecture in Singapore

Today is National Day in Singapore, which is celebrating 50 years since of independence. To mark the occasion, here are all our stories about contemporary architecture in the country, including the spectacular Marina Bay Sands hotel (pictured), the National Stadium with its record-breaking domed roof and the iconic Gardens by the Bay conservatories. See all our stories about […]

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Zaha Hadid Architects embraces America as China turns against “weird architecture”

Business news: overseas architects are finding it more difficult to win work in China, according to Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher, as the economy slows down and the government tries to promote local talent. “I feel that there is this attempt by the Chinese leadership to try to make itself more independent and rely […]

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Today we like: kinetic architecture and moving buildings

This week Bjarke Ingels unveiled plans to enliven Battersea Power Station with electric sparks (after designing a power plant that blows smoke rings) while Henning Larsen completed a building with a moving facade. Here’s a reminder of all our stories about architecture that moves, including a building that flaps its wings like a giant insect and a house with […]

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Bjarke Ingels could turn Battersea Power Station’s chimneys into sparking Tesla coils

Architect Bjarke Ingels has unveiled plans to turn the chimneys at Battersea Power Station in London into giant sparking Tesla coils, powered by pedestrians passing through a public square beside the historic building. Ingels explained the idea in a lecture at the Royal Academy in London last night, where he delivered the annual architecture lecture. “We’re […]

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Six football stadiums designed by Herzog & de Meuron (and one Bird’s Nest)

With Herzog & de Meuron’s proposed revamp of Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium unveiled this week, Dezeen looks at all the stadiums designed by the Swiss firm, which is headed by avid football fan and regular player Jacques Herzog. London: plans for the rebuilding of Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC, were shown to the public this […]

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Products and buildings are the same says Heatherwick, as designers turn to architecture

Designing a building is “exactly the same” as designing a Christmas card according to designer Thomas Heatherwick, amid signs that designers are encroaching on architects’ territory. “Whether something is a Christmas card or a masterplan for a site that’s eight miles long, we’ve found it’s exactly the same process that you’re going through,” said Heatherwick, whose […]

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This week we like: buildings made of mud

Mud is one of the oldest architectural materials – but it’s back in fashion. Herzog & de Meuron used rammed earth recently, as did Seth Stein Architects and Watson Architecture + Design for this riding centre near Melbourne. See all our stories about rammed earth buildings »

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Time-lapse movie shows construction of Richard Rogers’ revamped Prouvé house

Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have released a time-lapse movie showing their adaptation of a 70-year-old Jean Prouvé house being assembled in a field (+ movie). The London practice have added pods containing a bathroom and a kitchen to an original 6×6 Demountable House, designed by the French architect-engineer in 1944. Mobile solar-power and hot-water systems are mounted on […]

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MAD designs hilltop village for Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills

Chinese architecture office MAD has unveiled designs for a residential project resembling a hilltop village for Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. Consisting of 18 white dwellings clustered above foliage-clad shops, the 8600 Wilshire scheme will introduce “a new model for West Coast vernacular” to the low-rise sprawl of Wilshire Boulevard. “In high-density cities, Modernist and Post-Modernist housing […]

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Joris Laarman to 3D-print bridge over Amsterdam canal using robots

Dutch designer Joris Laarman has designed a steel bridge that will be 3D-printed by robots (+ slideshow). The ornate metal structure, which will span a canal in Amsterdam, will be printed in-situ by robotic arms. The location of the bridge will be announced soon, and completion is set for 2017. The versatile six-axis robots – which […]

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“Shocking” journalism drives a wedge between architects and society says David Chipperfield

Architect David Chipperfield has attacked the way the British press reports on architecture and accused journalists of damaging the profession. Speaking to Dezeen today, the British architect claimed that some newspapers and trade publications are “obsessed” with presenting minor issues with buildings as major setbacks. “The unfortunate thing is the Anglo-Saxon press,” he said. “It’s […]

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Princeton accuses former architecture dean of making “inaccurate” plagiarism statement

Princeton University has accused its former architecture dean Alejandro Zaera-Polo of making an “inaccurate and incomplete” statement about the plagiarism row that led to his resignation last year. The university claimed that Zaera-Polo, who stepped down as head of its School of Architecture in October 2014, was asked to leave because he appeared to be “unfamiliar with […]

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Koolhaas accuses Princeton of “category error” over Zaera-Polo

Rem Koolhaas has accused the president of Princeton University of making a “category error” by expecting former Princeton architecture dean Alejandro Zaera-Polo to include full academic citations in texts the Spanish architect wrote for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Koolhaas, who curated the biennale, made the claim in an email to Princeton president Christopher Eisgruber […]

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Egypt plans new capital city covering 700 square kilometres

Egypt is to unveil plans for a vast new privately funded administrative capital for seven million residents that would extend Cairo eastwards to the coast of the Red Sea. The Capital Cairo project, due to be launched today by Mostafa Madbouly, Egypt’s housing minister, at a development conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, would involve creating a new urbanised […]

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Michael Graves dies aged 80

Architect and designer Michael Graves has died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 80, his office has announced. “It is with deep sadness that Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MG&AD) announces the firm’s founding principal, Michael Graves, passed away today, suddenly and peaceful, of natural causes,” the firm announced on its […]

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Frei Otto posthumously named 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate

Breaking news: German architect Frei Otto, who died yesterday, has been named the 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate. Otto, who died on Monday aged 89, was awarded the world’s richest architecture prize for “his visionary ideas, inquiring mind, belief in freely sharing knowledge and inventions, his collaborative spirit and concern for the careful use of resources,” the prize jury […]

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Foster’s London towers to feature one bike parking space per bedroom

News: a twin-towered residential development by Foster + Partners is set to become the most cycle-friendly high-rise in London, with one bike parking space per bedroom. The 250 City Road development, which launched last week, features 1,486 bike parking spaces – one and a half for each of the 930 apartments – but only 200 car […]
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Cladding panel falls off Zaha Hadid’s Vienna library

News: parts of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Library and Learning Centre in Vienna have been cordoned off after a piece of concrete cladding fell off. A chunk of concrete weighing an estimated 80 kilograms fell from the building, located at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, on Friday. Nobody was injured and the building remains open. Related story: […]
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Landmark architecture helps turn Miami into the “capital of Latin America”

Feature: international architects are leading Miami’s transforming from a retirement resort into a major cultural destination, according to architects and developers working in the city (+ slideshow). An influx of money from South America coupled with the impact of the Art Basel art fair is driving the change, with a roster of global architects including Sou […]

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