Hong Kong students create terracotta tower to promote use of 3D-printed bricks

This captioned movie shows how a team from the University of Hong Kong’s architecture faculty created a pavilion from 3D-printed bricks, to show the potential of this technology in architectural production. More one-minute movies ›

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Fernando Abellanas suspends micro studio beneath a bridge in Valencia

Valencian designer Fernando Abellanas has created a secluded studio for himself, which hangs from the underside of a concrete bridge in his hometown. Find out more about the micro studio ›

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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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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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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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Ma Yansong: “Architects need to talk about what the future is”

In this video interview filmed at the RIBA International Conference, Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD spells out why he believes architects should be proposing visionary ideas for the future, rather than cozying up to developers. Ma previously spoke to Dezeen about why he thinks architects have a role to play in solving the big problems facing the world. In this movie, the MAD founder goes into

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Architects can help to manage gentrification caused by projects like the High Line, says Liz Diller

The impact that the High Line had on New York real estate can teach architects “a really good lesson” on the need to manage gentrification, says Elizabeth Diller in the second part of our exclusive video interview at the RIBA International Conference. Liz Diller’s architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro was one of the driving forces behind the popular elevated park, along with

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Architects must work harder “to put new ideas on the table” says Liz Diller

Architects should be more proactive in driving forward development proposals, says architect Elizabeth Diller in this exclusive video interview Dezeen filmed at the RIBA International Conference in London. Liz Diller, a co-founder of New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, said that architects shouldn’t wait around for clients to bring them projects – and should instead be pushing forward ideas

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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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Watch Balkrishna Doshi speak live at the Royal Academy annual architecture lecture 2017

Indian architect Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi reflects on 70 years of pioneering architectural projects in the Royal Academy of Arts’ annual architecture lecture, which we are streaming live now via our Facebook page. As one of the most influential Indian architects of the 20th century, Doshi and his studio Vastu-Shilpa have been instrumental in the development of low-cost

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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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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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Serpentine Pavilion glows at night to “attract people to come and celebrate” says Diébédo Francis Kéré

In an exclusive Dezeen movie, Berlin-based architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains how the colour of his Serpentine Pavilion and the way it lights up at night are references to his childhood in Burkina Faso. Kéré’s oval-shaped structure features a courtyard enclosed by curving walls made from stacked wooden blocks, sheltered by a large, slatted timber roof. The

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Drone footage captures Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion 2017

Diébédo Francis Kéré’s wooden pavilion is captured from above in this drone footage shot by Dezeen at the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 press preview this morning in London. Kéré’s structure is enclosed by curved walls made up of stacked wooden blocks and a slatted-timber canopy with an opening above a small courtyard. The form of the roof is inspired by a

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Drone footage captures brutalist Robin Hood Gardens ahead of imminent demolition

This drone footage shot by Dezeen surveys the ill-fated brutalist housing estate Robin Hood Gardens, designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson, which is set to be demolished in the coming weeks. Designed by the Smithsons during the 1960s and completed in 1972, Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar, east London, is the only housing estate by the pair that came to fruition.

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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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Kvadrat’s handmade acoustic panels bring “softness” to minimalist spaces

Zane Walker of Kvadrat explains how its Soft Cells acoustic panels are custom-made by hand in this movie filmed by Dezeen for the textiles brand at its Poland factory. Kvadrat Soft Cells is a modular acoustic panel system produced by Danish textile company Kvadrat for a wide range of different buildings. “Spaces can range from an office

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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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I don’t believe in plonking “a Gehry here, a Gehry there”, says Kerry Hill

In our final movie from the AHEAD Asia awards last month, Australian architect Kerry Hill says he doesn’t believe in “plonk architecture” and instead approaches every building differently. Hill picked up the Outstanding Contribution Award at hospitality awards AHEAD Asia last month for his work on hotels and resorts across Asia. He believes that his success working

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Stefano Boeri envisions entire cities filled with tree-covered skyscrapers

Our first Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative video explores Italian architect Stefano Boeri’s radical proposals to build “forest cities” to combat urban pollution. Boeri’s Forest City concept is a proposal to build a city in Shijiazhuang, China, which would act as a prototype for a new generation of green urban developments across the country. The

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Luxury hotels are swapping glitz for experience, say AHEAD Asia awards judges

High-end hotels and resorts are moving away from “gold, marble and chandeliers” to instead offer guests unique experiences, say AHEAD Asia jury members in this movie Dezeen produced for the hospitality awards scheme. The AHEAD Asia awards 2017, which took place earlier this month at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore, celebrated the best in hospitality

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South Melbourne Primary School will feature no formal classrooms says architect Ann Lau

In our final movie from the World Architecture Festival 2016, architect Ann Lau explains how Australian firm Hayball plans to create collaborative learning spaces in the Melbourne school that was named Future Project of the Year last month. South Melbourne Primary School, due to be completed in early 2018 in Melbourne, Australia, is billed by

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World Landscape of the Year 2016 is “about respect for water” says landscape architect Grant Bailey

In our next exclusive movie from this year’s World Architecture Festival, Grant Bailey of Isthmus explains how the Auckland firm’s award-winning Kopupaka Reserve was informed by local Maori culture. Kopupaka Reserve, which was named World Landscape of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin last month, consists of a series of stormwater wetlands on

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World Building of the Year 2016 is part building, part topography says architect Robert Konieczny

In this exclusive movie, Polish architect Robert Konieczny discusses the hybrid form of his National Museum in Szczecin, which was crowned World Building of the Year 2016 last month. Completed by Konieczny’s firm KWK Promes earlier this year, the National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przełomy is a largely subterranean building, which features an open

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La Voûte Nubienne revives ancient building technique to “transform housing” in Africa

Future Makers: in this movie, Thomas Granier explains why his organisation La Voûte Nubienne believes the future of housing in sub-Saharan Africa can be transformed by reviving a 3,500-year-old building technique. Called Nubian vault, the technique originates from the ancient civilisation of Nubia located in what is today northern Sudan and southern Egypt. It enables

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Watch Patrik Schumacher’s keynote presentation live from World Architecture Festival 2016

Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher gives his take on housing in this keynote seminar at World Architecture Festival 2016. Tune in to watch it live from Berlin. Watch a live stream of the presentation, which is chaired by World Architecture Festival curator Jeremy Melvin, here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. Related story Best buildings of 2016 revealed at

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Alan Balfour’s seminar on Berlin opens the second day of World Architecture Festival 2016

Architecture writer and academic Alan Balfour reflects on how Berlin became the city it is today in the opening seminar from day two of World Architecture Festival 2016. Watch a live stream of the talk here from 9am UK time. Balfour is discussing how the vision for Berlin that emerged after the fall of the

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Filmmaker Hubertus Siegert discusses the changing architecture of Berlin live from World Architecture Festival 2016

Filmmaker Hubertus Siegert discusses the reconstruction of the German capital since the fall of the Berlin Wall in the second keynote presentation Dezeen is broadcasting live from World Architecture Festival 2016. Siegert is revisiting his acclaimed 2001 documentary Berlin Babylon. You can watch the live stream of the talk above or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. Related story Watch Ben van Berkel’s

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Watch Ben van Berkel’s opening keynote presentation live from World Architecture Festival 2016

UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel’s opening seminar at World Architecture Festival 2016 will examine how architects can support new egalitarian ideals for living. Tune in here from 9am UK time to watch it live from Berlin. Titled Superliving, Van Berkel’s seminar will kick off three days of talks and panel discussions exploring the festival’s theme this year of

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Arturo Vittori’s Warka Water towers harvest clean drinking water from the air

Future Makers: in this exclusive movie, Italian architect Arturo Vittori explains how his wooden Warka Water structures can provide clean drinking water for rural communities in the developing world. Through the Warka Water project, Vittori is investigating alternative water sources for remote communities without access to running water. “Warka Water is a philosophy looking at the

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Asif Khan creates “space in between” homes and workplaces with Forests installation for MINI

London Design Festival 2016: in this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen for MINI, the brand’s Oke Hauser explains why they worked with architect Asif Khan to install plant-filled pavilions across east London. Khan’s Forests installation for MINI consisted of three translucent box-shaped structures filled with plants, which were constructed across Shoreditch for London Design Festival last week. The More

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BIG and Fiberline reveal manufacturing process behind Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

Movie: Dezeen goes behind the scenes at the factory where the fibreglass blocks that comprise BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion were made in this exclusive video produced for material manufacturer Fiberline. Bjarke Ingels’ firm’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion opened in London on 10 June 2016, and is a huge undulating structure composed of thousands of fibreglass boxes stacked on top More

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Architects create 10 installations for RIBA Regent Street Windows 2016

London Design Festival 2016: architecture firms have created installations along one of London’s most famous shopping streets for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual Regent Street Windows project (+movie). This year’s RIBA Regent Street Windows, which runs until 25 September 2015, pairs architects with retailers on London’s Regent Street to create a series of bespoke window More

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Wang Shu’s Ningbo History Museum built from the remains of demolished villages

Movie: in this exclusive Dezeen movie, Chinese architect Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio explains why he recycled material from traditional Chinese buildings to construct the Ningbo History Museum. Completed in 2008, the Ningbo History Museum is a 30,000-square-metre building located in the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province, China. The three-storey museum’s distinctive facade is More

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Johnny Lui reimagines London planning process as multiplayer video game

Graduate shows 2016: in this movie, Royal College of Art graduate Johnny Lui explains his concept for a digital planning system, which architects would play like a video game to get projects built in the real world. Called Cilvia, Lui’s speculative planning tool – which he developed for the masters programme in architecture at the Royal More

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Zaha Hadid Architects is “yet to evolve” says Patrik Schumacher

Movie: in this exclusive video interview, Zaha Hadid Architects director Patrik Schumacher explains how he hopes to take the practice forward after the unexpected death of Zaha Hadid earlier this year. Schumacher was Hadid’s co-director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and now leads the business after the British architect died suddenly of a heart attack More

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Patrik Schumacher on meeting “intense and intriguing” Zaha Hadid for the first time

Movie: in this exclusive video, the late Zaha Hadid’s long-standing business partner Patrik Schumacher reflects on meeting the architect for the first time as a student and the impact of her early paintings. Schumacher met Hadid in 1988 at a symposium at the Tate gallery in London to coincide with the New York Museum of Modern Art’s Deconstructivist Architecture More

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Watch Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu’s Royal Academy Lecture live on Dezeen tonight

Chinese architects Lu Wenyu and Wang Shu will deliver the Royal Academy’s prestigious Annual Architecture Lecture tonight. Tune in at 6.45pm UK time to watch it live on Dezeen or on our Facebook page. Dezeen will be streaming the Royal Academy’s Annual Architecture Lecture on our Facebook channel using the social media platform’s live video service. We More

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Siam Discovery shopping centre in Bangkok is Nendo’s biggest ever project

Movie: Oki Sato of Nendo explains the concept behind the Japanese studio’s redesign of a 40,000-square-metre shopping mall, in this video Dezeen filmed in Bangkok for retail development company Siam Piwat. Located on Bangkok’s Rama 1 thoroughfare, Siam Discovery is an 18-year-old shopping centre operated by Thai company Siam Piwat. The mall reopened in May More

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Zaha Hadid’s BMW Central Building is “a radical piece of thinking,” says Amanda Levete

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: British architect Amanda Levete explains why the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany, is her favourite Zaha Hadid project in the next movie in our exclusive video series. Hadid’s BMW Central Building, which was completed in 2005, connects three separate production buildings on the German car brand’s manufacturing complex in Leipzig. The building hosts offices More

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Visiting Zaha Hadid’s Vitra Fire Station was an “eye-opening experience,” says Bjarke Ingels

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: Danish architect Bjarke Ingels reflects on the huge impact visiting Zaha Hadid’s Vitra Fire Station had on him as a student in the next movie from our exclusive video series. Ingels says he first discovered Hadid’s work in 1993, when he came across her paintings while studying architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. “She hadn’t built much back More

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Richard Rogers “had to fight like hell” for Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre design

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: next up in our exclusive video series, Richard Rogers reflects on the battle to select Zaha Hadid’s design for the London Aquatics Centre, a building he describes as “a roaring success”. Hadid’s Aquatics Centre in Stratford, east London, provides swimming, diving and gym facilities for the public and was one of the key venues during the London 2012 Olympic More

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Bjarke Ingels’ Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is “mountainous outside and cavernous inside”

Movie: in this exclusive video interview, Bjarke Ingels explains how his firm BIG used stacks of fibreglass boxes to create a huge undulating structure on the lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery in London. BIG’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 is made up of thousands of translucent fibreglass blocks, which are stacked on top of More

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Norman Foster discusses Zaha Hadid’s “extraordinary” Capital Hill Residence

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: Norman Foster reflects on Zaha Hadid’s Capital Hill Residence in the first of a series of interviews with top architects, which Dezeen and Architizer filmed for our video tribute to Hadid last month (+ movie). Capital Hill Residence is a villa in Barvikha Forest close to Moscow, which was designed for Russian property developer Vladislav Doronin. Completed in More

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Model making was key to the design of Smiljan Radić’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2014

Movie: in the final instalment of our exclusive video series, Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones reflects on Smiljan Radić’s use of handmade paper models to design his bulbous pavilion in 2014. Chilean architect Radić created a translucent, cylindrical pavilion constructed from thin layers of white fibreglass, reminiscent of papier mache wrapped around a balloon. “He More

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Sou Fujimoto was considered “a risk” for the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Movie: in the penultimate instalment of our exclusive video series, Julia Peyton-Jones explains why it was a gamble to commission the relatively young Sou Fujimoto to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2013. Born in 1971, Sou Fujimoto was the youngest architect to be commissioned to design a Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, until Bjarke Ingels was More

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Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion paid homage to its predecessors

Movie: in the next instalment of our exclusive video series, gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones explains why Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei dug into the ground to create their 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei teamed up in 2012 to create a sunken pavilion that rose just 1.5 metres above ground More

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Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 was a space of “solitude and calm”

Movie: gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones reflects on the walled garden Peter Zumthor created in 2011 in the next movie of our exclusive video series looking back at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions. Swiss architect Zumthor’s 2011 black, rectangular pavilion enclosed a planted garden by Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf filled with flowers and shrubs. “Peter Zumthor designed an More

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SANAA’s reflective Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 “merged into the landscape”

Movie: gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones describes the reflective aluminium Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, created by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA in 2009, as “strange and gorgeous” in this exclusive movie. Sejima and Nishizawa’s pavilion in 2009 featured a canopy made from aluminium-faced plywood floating on hundreds of slender stainless steel columns. “Their pavilion was so strange and More

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Frank Gehry’s wooden Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2008 was “hugely hefty”

Movie: Frank Gehry’s chunky wooden pavilion from 2008 is the subject of our next exclusive video with Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones. Frank Gehry’s 2008 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion consisted of four wood-clad steel columns, which supported a series of large timber planks and beams. “Frank Gehry’s pavilion was wonderful,” says Peyton-Jones in the movie. “It More

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Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion “looked like a spinning top”

Movie: Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones discusses the spinning top-shaped pavilion designed by Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen in 2007 in the next instalment from our exclusive video series. Danish-Icelandic artist Eliasson and Norwegian architect Thorsen of Snøhetta collaborated to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2007. “It’s the only time an artist has been More

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Rem Koolhaas’ 2006 Serpentine Gallery pavilion was inflated like a balloon

Movie: in our next exclusive movie with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director discusses the bulbous inflatable canopy that adorned Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond’s 2006 pavilion. The 2006 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA with Cecil Balmond and engineering firm Arup, featured a giant helium-filled canopy. “I had this image More

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Watch our short video about Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena

Last week, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won the Pritzker Architecture Prize. To celebrate, Dezeen has produced this short movie, which serves as an introduction to Aravena’s work. Aravena, 48, was selected as the 2016 winner of the Pritzker Prize – architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize – by a jury that included leading architects Richard Rogers and Glenn More

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Producing the world’s first 3D-printed bridge with robots “is just the beginning”

Future Makers: the technology that startup MX3D is developing to 3D print a bridge in Amsterdam could be used to produce “endless” different structures, says Dutch designer Joris Laarman in this exclusive movie. MX3D is a new research and development company co-founded by Laarman and Tim Geurtjens, which plans to use robots to produce the More

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Dezeen’s top 10 architecture and design videos of 2015

From 3D-printed food to the Bouroullec brothers’ first TV, Dezeen’s award-winning video content explored a wide range of design stories in 2015. We’ve compiled the 10 most popular movies in this YouTube playlist. 3D-printing with living organisms “could transform the food industry” 3D-printed food was the subject of our most popular movie in 2015, which has been watched More

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Terraces of plants in Yanweizhou Park “control floods in an ecological way”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, Andrew Buck of Turenscape discusses the flood-resistant topography of the Chinese landscape firm’s award-winning wetland park in Jinhua, China. Yanweizhou Park, which was crowned World Landscape of the Year at World Architecture Festival 2015, is a 26-hectare wetland park at the mouth of three rivers in China’s […]

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Siza and Souto de Moura’s 2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was “hugely complicated”

Movie: gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones remembers the challenges involved in creating Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s complicated, column-less Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura teamed up with engineer Cecil Balmond, who was then working for Arup, to design the 2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. The Portuguese architects’ structure featured a large, column-free wooden canopy based on […]

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BIG’s Vancouver House aims to transform motorway flyover into a “wonderful civic space”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann explains how BIG’s proposed skyscraper in Vancouver is designed to transform a site dominated by a motorway flyover into an attractive neighbourhood. The Danish architecture firm’s Vancouver House, which was named Future Project of the Year 2015 at World Architecture Festival earlier this month, will be […]

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The Interlace by Ole Scheeren was designed to “build a sense of community”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, Eric Chang of Buro Ole Scheeren discusses the importance of the communal courtyards in The Interlace, the “vertical village” that was crowned World Building of the Year 2015 last week. The Interlace is a large residential complex in Singapore consisting of a series of apartment blocks stacked […]

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MVRDV’s proposed 2004 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was “a heroic failure”

Movie: in our next exclusive movie with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director discusses the artificial mountain MVRDV proposed for the 2004 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which eventually proved too expensive to build. Since the Serpentine Gallery’s pavilion programme began in 2000, the gallery has built a new structure on its lawn in Kensington Gardens every […]

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China more open to new architecture than risk-averse UK, says Will Alsop

British architect Will Alsop says there are more opportunities for ideas-driven architecture projects in China – like his Gao Yang development, which features a four-storey hanging restaurant – in this movie filmed in London. “In China, you can have much more wide-ranging conversations about the possibilities of a project,” says Alsop, who will be a judge and guest speaker […]

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Oscar Niemeyer “took the brief very seriously” for 2003 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Movie: in the next instalment of our exclusive video series with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director recalls her trip to Brazil to convince Oscar Niemeyer to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2003. Niemeyer’s 2003 Serpentine Gallery pavilion consisted of a white tent-shaped structure made from steel, aluminium, concrete and glass, which visitors could enter […]

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Architects create series of installations in shop windows along Regent Street

London Design Festival 2015: the Royal Institute of British Architects’ annual Regent Street Windows project returns with 13 new installations up and down one of London’s most famous shopping streets (+ movie). The RIBA Regent Street Windows project, which runs until 27 September 2015, pairs architecture firms with retailers on Regent Street to create a series of […]

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Toyo Ito “gulped” when asked to design the 2002 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Movie: in the next instalment from our exclusive video series with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director recalls the difficulty in convincing Japanese architect Toyo Ito to design the gallery’s 2002 summer pavilion. Initially, when asked to follow on from Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind to design a structure for the gallery in Kensington Gardens, Ito proposed using […]

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Daniel Libeskind’s 2001 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was folded “like a piece of origami”

Movie: next in our exclusive video series with Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery director discusses Daniel Libeskind’s angular metal pavilion from 2001, which she likens to a folded paper sculpture. Polish-American architect Libeskind designed the second Serpentine Gallery pavilion in 2001. Called Eighteen Turns, the structure was made from sheets of aluminium, riveted together to […]

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Zaha Hadid’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion set the bar for what followed, says Julia Peyton-Jones

Movie: next up in our exclusive video series celebrating the 15th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones looks back at how Zaha Hadid’s marquee from 2000 launched the annual commission. The first Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was designed by Zaha Hadid in 2000, which the gallery commissioned as a one-off project to host a fundraising gala marking its 30th […]

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Virtual reality will allow architects “to change the world like a god”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architects will soon be walking clients through digital models of their designs, says 3D visualiser Olivier Demangel, who built a virtual replica of a house he saw on Dezeen to showcase the technology (+ movie). “Virtual reality will become an essential tool for architects,” Demangel says in the movie. “This technology is going […]

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