Caruso St John builds rooftop “island” above British Pavilion to make statement about Brexit

Architecture firm Caruso St John and artist Marcus Taylor have installed a huge platform atop the UK’s Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion, to create a ” place of both refuge and exile”. The curators chose to build scaffolding all around an empty British Pavilion, to support the wooden “island” perched on top. The claim the project, called Island,

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Amanda Levete warns UK government: “Do not mess with trans-European collaboration”

London architect Amanda Levete has warned that, if the UK government doesn’t provide certainty over Brexit soon, it will result in a major shortfall in the country’s creative talent pool. Speaking at a Brexit conference in London, the AL_A founder said that the UK leaving the European Union is set to dismantle a “spirit of co-operation”

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UK cities can no longer be named European Capital of Culture, rules EU

As a result of Brexit, the UK has been disqualified from hosting the the European Capital of Culture in 2023 – a move that has been described as gutting. The European Commission confirmed yesterday, 23 November 2017, that the UK’s turn to host the European Capital of Culture in 2023 has been cancelled, in the wake of

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Norman Foster slates Brexit “madness” in World Architecture Festival speech

Norman Foster has lamented the UK’s departure from the European Union in a speech at the World Architecture Festival, adding that the diversity of nationalities found within his firm was a “cause of great celebration” in the face of Brexit. “Across all the different disciplines, we are something like 55 per cent European, and we’re 26 per cent UK,

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Fosters + Partners-designed Bloomberg headquarters is a “vote of confidence in London”

Bloomberg’s Norman Foster-designed European headquarters in London “sends a clear message to the world” that the UK capital remains a centre for global investment, said Sadiq Khan. Speaking at the official unveiling of building, the mayor of London thanked American business magnate and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg for what he called a “vote of

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Frankfurt embarks on Brexit building boom with new high-rises by BIG, UNStudio and more

Frankfurt is bidding to woo banks from London by building dozens of new high-rise towers by architects including BIG, UNStudio and Ole Scheeren. With Brexit threatening London’s status as Europe’s leading financial centre, Germany’s business capital has been promoting itself as a lifestyle destination. Shiny new towers were being marketed heavily at the Expo Real property

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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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UK government calls for industry input on post-Brexit immigration system

Design bodies are consulting their members on what the UK’s immigration policy should look like post-Brexit, after the government invited business sectors to submit their views on the subject. Home secretary Amber Rudd announced at the end of last week that she was tasking the Migration Advisory Committee with gathering evidence on the impacts of

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“Brexit is an attempt to get out of European regulation. It’s a crisis,” says David Chipperfield

British architect David Chipperfield has claimed the UK’s departure from the European Union will further erode city planning regulations at a time when they are needed most. “We’ve completely destroyed the notion of planning. At a point where we need the most planning, the most engagement, we’ve got the least,” he said, speaking at the annual RIBA International Conference last week. “This

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UK architects and designers reveal “mixed emotions” after election result

After a surprising election result, the UK’s architects and designers are reacting to the uncertainty of a hung parliament, and what it means for upcoming Brexit negotiations. Theresa May’s Conservatives’ remains the largest party in parliament after yesterday’s vote. But it only won 318 seats, eight short of the majority needed to form government, resulting in a hung parliament.

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UK election result should spell end for hard Brexit, says Creative Industries Federation

The UK has woken up to news of a hung parliament, prompting the Creative Industries Federation to say there is no mandate for a hard Brexit. Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost seats in yesterday’s general election, falling short of an overall majority in parliament. May had called the snap election in April on the grounds

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Labour Party pledges to put creative industries at heart of UK’s Brexit negotiations with dedicated manifesto

The UK’s Labour Party has praised the nation’s architecture and design sector, and promised to put the creative sector at the centre of Brexit negotiations if it wins next month’s general election. This makes Labour the only political party to specifically mention architecture and design in its election manifesto and the only one to respond to

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London’s “undervalued” architecture sector worth £1.7 billion to UK economy

Politicians have failed to grasp the value of London’s booming architecture industry, which is worth more than the city’s industrial design, graphics and fashion sectors combined and growing almost twice as fast, according to a new report by the mayor’s office. The London’s Architectural Sector report states the city’s architecture industry is worth £1.7 billion and growing

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Paris announces seven skyscrapers to boost post-Brexit business

“Tired of the Fog? Try the frogs!” goes the marketing campaign attempting to lure post-Brexit business to Paris’ La Défense district, where seven new skyscrapers are being built in anticipation of an influx of British workers. The family of skyscrapers – designed by architects including Jean Nouvel and Norman Foster – was announced by French presidential candidate Emmanuel

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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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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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Adjaye, Farrell, Devlin and Shrigley back Brexit Design Manifesto

Brexit Design Manifesto: the list of leading design industry figures backing Dezeen’s Brexit Design Manifesto has more than doubled, with David Adjaye, Terry Farrell, Es Devlin and David Shrigley among those adding their support. The Brexit Design Manifesto has now been signed by more than 225 supporters since its launch 12 days ago, with the latest More

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Brexit could trigger skills crisis in architecture and construction says RIBA

Brexit: the Royal Institute of British Architects has written to the UK’s Brexit minister David Davis to warn that construction is facing a skills deficit. The RIBA has joined a coalition of construction industry bodies to send a message to the government outlining six key priorities it must address to avoid a construction industry crisis when it leaves More

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Marc Newson joins rapidly growing number of supporters for Dezeen’s Brexit Design Manifesto

Brexit Design Manifesto: designer Marc Newson and architect Patrik Schumacher are among the leading industry figures to have added their names to the Brexit Design Manifesto since its launch yesterday. Almost 150 architects, designers, industry figures and students have now signed the manifesto, which outlines the importance of the sector and how it can help the More

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Conran, Rogers and Heatherwick back Dezeen’s Brexit Design Manifesto

Brexit Design Manifesto: more than 100 of the UK’s leading design figures have backed a manifesto that calls on the government to support the design sector after Brexit. Launching today, the Brexit Design Manifesto outlines the cultural and economic importance of the UK’s design sector and how it can help the UK thrive when the More

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UK architects predict crash in workload in face of Brexit uncertainty

Brexit crisis: architects have reported concerns over the future of their businesses in the first major survey of confidence levels since the EU referendum. The first Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Future Trends survey since the referendum found crashing confidence levels among large and small architecture firms for the first time since 2012 – More

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“We could imagine nationhood as a design project”

Opinion: in the aftermath of the EU referendum, Britain has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redesign itself as a coherent, relevant and functioning nation for the 21st century, says Sam Jacob. You know that feeling when you break something? When that thing, which you didn’t even need to think about when it ran smoothly, is now in pieces? Well, that was More

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More architects hit by Brexit slowdown as construction heads for recession

Brexit crisis: housing architect O’Mahony Pike has revealed it is shutting its London office while Grimshaw is letting go of staff, as projects dry up thanks to the uncertainty caused by Brexit. London-based Grimshaw, one of the UK’s most respected firms, is shedding staff after a number of projects were delayed due to the results More

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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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Anthony Gerace’s Land’s End series chronicles pre-Brexit Cornwall

Photo essay: British photographer Anthony Gerace has produced a series of images offering a snapshot of the crumbling architecture and infrastructure of Cornwall – a stronghold of the Brexit campaign (+ slideshow). The photographs show buildings, street furniture and scenery around the coastline of St Just, a 15-minute drive from Land’s End – the most westerly part More

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