Thomas Heatherwick: “There was a real worry about whether we could get people to come inside”

In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, designer Thomas Heatherwick reveals how he overcame early fears that no one would visit the art galleries in his new Cape Town art museum. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, or Zeitz MOCAA, opened last week and is now South Africa’s biggest art museum. Located inside a converted 1920s grain

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Second Chicago Architecture Biennial will “look back to look forward” say artistic directors

This year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial will ask architects to consider history in order to shape a direction for future architectural practice, say artistic directors Johnston Marklee. Set to open next week, the second Chicago Architecture Biennial will show “a cross-section of the best and most innovative work from around the world” according to Mark Lee,

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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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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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India’s young architects must be taught to appreciate their design heritage, says Balkrishna Doshi

India is at risk of losing its architectural identity, because the country’s design schools aren’t teaching students to respect local heritage and traditions, according to architect Balkrishna Doshi. The Indian architect, who turns 90 this year, said that many of the country’s architects are too concerned with mimicking the aesthetics and practices of other countries, rather than learning from the

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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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Barcelona and Amsterdam are world-leading “smart cities” says Jason Pomeroy

Western cities have done a better job of integrating technology into their infrastructure than the new wave of Asian smart cities, according to architect and television presenter Jason Pomeroy. Singapore-based Pomeroy, the architect behind Asia’s first zero-carbon house, claims that Barcelona and Amsterdam are far more successful examples of a smart city than places like Songdo, the new hi-tech satellite city in South Korea.

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“If I was misogynist would I hire a woman as my CEO?” says Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels has hit back at accusations of sexism at his architecture firm, following the controversy over that Instagram post. Speaking to Dezeen, the Danish architect said: “Being a white male makes anything I say sort of misquoted and twisted. Anything that I say about this will be misinterpreted.” “I was shocked at the bullshit people were writing,”

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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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I’m trying to change my mysterious reputation, says Peter Zumthor

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has attracted a cult following over his five-decade career, but kept a famously low profile in the media. He spoke to Dezeen about trying to dispel his mysterious reputation by taking cues from media-shy tennis star Roger Federer. Zumthor, 74, works with a small team of around 30 based in Haldenstein, a mountain village

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“London is looking more and more like Dubai” says architect Adam Caruso

The lack of regulation over London’s new architecture has turned the city into a “free for all”, according to Adam Caruso, one of the architects behind the Stirling Prize-winning Newport Street Gallery. Caruso – one of the co-founders of London studio Caruso St John – said that property developers hold too much power over the design and planning of his home

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“I might become Mies van der Rohe” says Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry has said he is as comfortable working on historically sensitive projects like his “nimble” Philadelphia Museum of Art renovation as he is creating blockbuster buildings. Gehry, 88, is famous for his overtly sculptural structures like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Fondation Louis Vuitton. But the Canadian-American architect told Dezeen that

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Rem Koolhaas “doesn’t respond well to having a lens shoved in his face” says his movie-maker son

Last autumn, Tomas Koolhaas released a film about his father, architect Rem Koolhaas. He spoke to Dezeen about the movie, their relationship and taking narrative tips from Kanye West. Koolhaas junior, 36, spent four years following his father around the world to make the film called REM, which aims to capture the “human experience” of the

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Brazil’s dictatorship caused lasting damage to architecture education, says Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Destroying architecture education was the “greatest evil” performed by Brazil’s military dictatorship, according to Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who has just been awarded the Royal Gold Medal. Mendes da Rocha, 88, told Dezeen that Brazil’s military coup in 1964 and the resulting 20-year dictatorship not only had a significant impact on his early career, it caused lasting damage on the

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David Adjaye “embarrassed as a male” that women still need to fight for gender equality

The architecture and design industry still doesn’t provide the same opportunities for both sexes said architect David Adjaye, on the day that hundreds of thousands of women worldwide marched for equal rights. Asked whether his sector was at the forefront of gender equality, the recently knighted British architect replied: “I don’t think we’re leading it at all.” He was speaking

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“I feel embarrassed by some of my buildings” says Kengo Kuma

With his stadium for the 2020 Olympics now underway in Tokyo, Kengo Kuma has revealed how his design involves Japan’s tsunami-affected regions, how Kenzo Tange inspired his work, and why he now avoids iconic architecture at all costs. Kuma, 62, is among a number of prolific architects working in Japan at the moment, but is particularly well-known for his

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New York’s latest skyscrapers are “disrespectful to the whole city” says Richard Meier

New York is losing its character to a new wave of skyscrapers according to architect Richard Meier, who has also revealed he would consider working for US president-elect Donald Trump. In an exclusive interview with Dezeen, Meier – who, at 82, is one of America’s most respected architects and one of the last of the 20th-century modernists

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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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IKEA Foundation CEO says adapting refugee shelter is “like playing with Lego”

Better Shelter is the latest IKEA product to be hacked, according to the head of the company’s charitable foundation, who told Dezeen the modular refugee cabin is now being used to create doctors’ surgeries and schools. The IKEA Foundation launched its flat-pack emergency shelter back in 2013 to offer an alternative to the tents often used to house refugees

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London needs to address its profit-and-loss skyline, says Antony Gormley

London’s latest crop of skyscrapers don’t give enough back to the city according to British sculptor Antony Gormley, who claims the British capital is growing at the expense of its citizens (+ interview). The London-based artist told Dezeen that new developments in his home city are too often modelled on “maximum return on minimum investment”, resulting in a lack of adequate public More

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New York’s supertall towers “damage the city fabric” says Elizabeth Diller

Diller Scofidio + Renfro co-founder Elizabeth Diller has hit out at New York’s spate of luxury skyscrapers, saying that the city is at risk of being “consumed by the dollar” (+ interview). Diller said that supertall residential towers like Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, Jean Nouvel’s 53W53 and SHoP’s 111 West 57th Street are being developed piecemeal with no overarching More

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“I grew up in a hot-rod culture” says Tom Kundig

American architect Tom Kundig has spent decades creating buildings that celebrate rough-and-ready materials and mechanics. In this exclusive interview, he explains how the rise of digital fabrication has affected his design philosophy (+ slideshow). Kundig, 61, has been a partner at Seattle firm Olson Kundig since 1986, and is responsible for projects that range from rustic wilderness cabins to More

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Sewage-sampling robots could help eliminate diseases in cities, says MIT architect Carlo Ratti

Robots could soon be infiltrating urban sewage systems to identify potential outbreaks of disease before they happen, according to architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti (+ interview). Ratti’s team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a prototype robot called Luigi, which is able to collect samples from city sewers, as part of a project More

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Meet… Tarryn Warren of Pfeffer Sal

At just a year old, Pfeffer Sal is a fairly new skincare clinic in London but the knowledge of its head therapist Tarryn Warren has been built on years of experience. Together, Tarryn (below right) and founder Andrea Pfeffer (below left), have sought out the most effective products from brands around the world. Tarryn’s bespoke […]

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Meet… Dinny Hall

It’s hard to believe that last year Dinny Hall celebrated 30 years in the industry, as the head of her eponymous brand. Her jewellery is elegant and timeless, the brand is well-known for its signature hoops and bangles which looked as good in the ’80s as they do today. I recently visited their Westbourne Grove […]

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“We could never recreate Mario Botta’s SFMOMA” says extension architect Craig Dykers of Snøhetta

Interview: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopens this month with a Snøhetta-designed extension to its original Mario Botta building. In this interview, Snøhetta partner Craig Dykers explains how he tried not to step on the toes of Botta’s Postmodern structure. The Norwegian firm’s addition almost triples the amount of gallery space at SFMOMA, which More

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“Smart technology is a solution looking for a problem,” says Rotterdam Biennale curator

Technologies like driverless cars and smart heating systems could end up making cities dysfunctional according to Maarten Hajer, curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2016 (+ interview). Speaking at an opening event for the biennale, Hajer called for architects and designers to stop treating the advent of smart technologies as inevitable, and to question whether they will solve any problems at More

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“Zaha stood out from the start” says son of former AA head

Zaha Hadid 1950-2016: Zaha Hadid was “part of a mini-rebellion” as a student at London’s Architectural Association, setting the tone for the career that followed, says Nicholas Boyarsky, son of former AA director Alvin Boyarsky. In this exclusive interview, he shares some of the drawings from his father’s collection, and remembers growing up under Hadid’s More

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Zaha Hadid was “a combination of beauty and strength” says Rem Koolhaas

In an exclusive interview, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas tells Dezeen about his longstanding friendship with Zaha Hadid and hits out at the West’s architecture press for acting as a self-appointed Amnesty International towards her projects in Eastern countries (+ transcript). Koolhaas spoke to Dezeen the day after news broke of Hadid’s unexpected death at the age More

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High Rise is “not a criticism of post-war architecture” says director Ben Wheatley

The main character in High Rise, a new movie based on JG Ballard’s dystopian novel, is a residential tower that “doesn’t care about the people inside it” and is designed by an arrogant architect. Director Ben Wheatley spoke exclusively to Dezeen about the film and why it “isn’t a takedown of the architects of the More

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“Architects have a duty to do good things” says Ron Arad

Conflict areas like the West Bank offer opportunities for architects to combine their design ambitions with a desire to make a difference in the world, according to Ron Arad (+ interview). The London-based Israeli designer has just unveiled plans to build a cancer treatment centre in northern Israel, which will serve Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze communities in More

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Architects “are never taught the right thing”, says 2016 Pritzker laureate Alejandro Aravena

Exclusive interview: universities are failing to give architects the training that will enable them to find solutions for an imminent global housing crisis, says 2016 Pritzker Prize laureate Alejandro Aravena. Poverty, population growth, natural disasters and war are combining to create demand for more than a billion homes, according to the Chilean architect. But architects More

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Designers as architects debate is “f*cking opposite” of open-minded creativity says Wanders

Marcel Wanders has dismissed the ongoing debate about whether non-architects should design buildings as “an endless conversation about nothing” (+ interview + slideshow). Wanders, who is the latest designer to work on a building project with plans for a prefabricated house, told Dezeen that the argument is a waste of time. Getting caught up in the labels of architect and designer prevents creative people from “enjoying someone More

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Refugee camps are the “cities of tomorrow”, says humanitarian-aid expert

Governments should stop thinking about refugee camps as temporary places, says Kilian Kleinschmidt, one of the world’s leading authorities on humanitarian aid (+ interview). “These are the cities of tomorrow,” said Kleinschmidt of Europe’s rapidly expanding refugee camps. “The average stay today in a camp is 17 years. That’s a generation.” “In the Middle East, […]

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UK government is starting to take design seriously, says Sadie Morgan

The British government is beginning to understand that design makes a difference in major infrastructure schemes, says architect Sadie Morgan, who is advising on £100 billion of investment in UK rail and energy projects (+ interview). Morgan, co-founder of London architecture firm dRMM, effectively became one of the most powerful figures in British architecture last month when she […]

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“Most buildings are drawings filled in by engineers” says Piet Hein Eek

Dutch Design Week 2015: Dutch furniture designer Piet Hein Eek has joined the debate about whether non-architects should design buildings, saying most architects are “not interested” in construction. Eek, who is currently working on a number of architectural projects in the Netherlands, said many architects do little more than produce drawings and leave others to […]

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You don’t need to be an architect to design buildings, says Dror Benshetrit

Clients are increasingly attracted to designers who “think differently”, while architects are restricted by knowledge says Dror Benshetrit – whose New York studio is developing a giant urban island off the coast of Istanbul (+ slideshow + interview). Benshetrit, founder of Studio Dror, is among a small number of successful designers who are experimenting with large-scale […]

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“When I said architects should get involved in humanitarian issues, people laughed at me”

Exclusive interview: Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair describes the work he is conducting in Syria with his latest venture, and tells Dezeen that he’ll “die happy” knowing that he will never win the Pritzker Prize (+ transcript). Sinclair, 41, is a self-branded pioneer of a “new wave of humanitarian design” and has dedicated his […]

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Meet… Uncivilised

An Interview With Frances & Lisa From Uncivilised Uncivilised launch today with a womenswear collection aimed at those of us that lead busy lives, their plan is to simplify your wardrobe so that when you’re in a hurry it’s easy to combine any of their pieces and run out the door still feeling well put […]

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Exclusive video preview of SelgasCano’s 2015 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Movie: in the first of a series of videos to celebrate the opening of the fifteenth Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones previews SelgasCano’s colourful structure ahead of its opening next week. This year’s pavilion, which consists of layers of coloured translucent plastic wrapped around a metal frame, will be “exuberant, joyful and playful,” Peyton-Jones says in the movie. “SelgasCano […]

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Annabel Karim Kassar’s telescopic pavilions brought a taste of Lebanon to Milan

Movie: in this movie, French architect Annabel Karim Kassar explains how her Camera Chiara installation recreated the atmosphere of a Lebanese house in a Milanese courtyard. Kassar’s Camera Chiara installation, which opened in April during Milan Design Week, consisted of two telescopic pavilions made from steel and burnt wood situated within one of the University of […]

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BIG wants to create new styles of vernacular architecture, says Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels says he wants to replace Modernism’s “boring boxes” with new kinds of localised architecture (+ transcript). In the first of a series of lectures at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art by influential contemporary architects, the founder of Danish architecture firm BIG, said that Modernism and climate control technologies had combined to create identikit […]

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“Sometimes you can say more by being quiet” says designer of UK’s Milan Expo pavilion

Interview: to mark the opening of the British pavilion for the Milan Expo, Dezeen speaks to sculptor Wolfgang Buttress about trying to create a “quiet” structure in the middle of one of the world’s biggest displays of “bombastic” temporary architecture (+ slideshow). The €1.3 billion (£958 million) Milan Expo site opened to the public on […]

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Meet… Isaac Reina

Isaac Reina may not be a familiar name to you but this would come as no surprise to me, he is a man of subtlety, both in presence and in design. In truth, it’s the design and quality of his bags that does the talking, they are simply beautiful; elegant, timeless designs that are not […]

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“People have had it with the smells and verrucas from indoor pools” says Thames Baths founder

Interview: a Kickstarter campaign has launched today to fund a floating swimming pool for London’s River Thames. According to Studio Octopi architect and project co-founder Chris Romer-Lee, the city is experiencing an outdoor swimming revolution. “Indoor pools have had their day and there’s a bit of a return back to the outdoors,” said the architect. “There’s definitely a demand […]

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New architecture school aims to change “undervalued and marginalised” profession

Interview: architectural education is too expensive and too lengthy while the profession is underpaid and under-appreciated, according to the head of a new school due to open in London later this year. Dezeen spoke to London School of Architecture’s Will Hunter about his plans to overhaul the way architecture is taught. “Today British architects are undervalued as they […]

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Architectural photography was “staged and contrived” before digital, say Hufton and Crow

Interview: Nick Hufton and Allan Crow are the photographers of choice for designers including Zaha Hadid and Thomas Heatherwick. With their first exhibition now open in London, the pair spoke to Dezeen about the advantages of digital photography, and why retouching is just as important as shooting (+ slideshow). The Hufton + Crow pair, aged 39 and […]

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Digital photographs of buildings can be “disturbing”, says Hélène Binet

Interview: Hélène Binet is one of the world’s leading architectural photographers, but after 25 years in the industry, she still refuses to shoot in digital. With an exhibition of her work now open in LA, Dezeen spoke to the photographer about her devotion to film and why drone-mounted cameras are “a bit of a shock”. […]

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Google’s new HQ will be “more like a workshop than a corporate office” says Bjarke Ingels

Exclusive: BIG founder Bjarke Ingels says Google’s ambitions for its Silicon Valley campus had to be reigned in to create a unique working environment that is “buildable and doable” (+ movie). Speaking to Dezeen today, Ingels said that he and project collaborator Thomas Heatherwick are aiming to set the “industry standard” for workplace design with Google’s new headquarters in Mountain View, California. […]
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Drones can “weave structures in space in just a few minutes”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the second part of our video interview with Ammar Mirjan, the architect explains how he is using drones attached to cable dispensers to quickly build lightweight architectural structures. Drones can be a valuable new tool in construction, Mirjan claims, “widening the spectrum of what is possible” in architecture. “We can fly [drones] through and […]
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Drones can “collaborate to build architectural structures”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: architect and researcher Ammar Mirjan explains how drones could be programmed to construct buildings in the first of two movies about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in architecture. In 2012, Swiss architecture firm Gramazio Kohler Architects and roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea collaborated with ETH Zürich to program a fleet of drones […]
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“Regulation has a very stifling effect on creativity,” say O’Donnell and Tuomey

News: there aren’t enough opportunities in Europe for talented young architects, according to Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, winners of this year’s RIBA Royal Gold Medal (+ interview). Ahead of receiving British architecture’s most prestigious award, the Dublin-based O’Donnell + Tuomey founders spoke out against current procurement methods in Europe, which often demand architects provide proof of their relevant […]
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Sou Fujimoto’s Palm Court retail complex completes in Miami

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto aimed to create “crystallised showers of sunlight” with the blue glass fins that front his shopping centre in the Miami Design District (+ interview + slideshow). Sou Fujimoto’s design for the Palm Court retail centre was influenced by Miami’s tropical and unpredictable weather, which he experienced during his first visit. “I was […]
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Meet… PYRUS

Ash and Lorraine are the creative force behind East London fashion brand, PYRUS. Their different styles come together in the brand; Ash’s more feminine and floaty, Lorraine’s more minimalist. I caught up with them to find out more about PYRUS, and the trials and tribulations that have got them to where they are now, a […]
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Neri&Hu’s architecture “challenges the accepted values of society”

Movie: architect Rossana Hu explains why she and her partner Lyndon Neri turned the theme of “feeling good in architecture” on its head in their keynote speech at this year’s Inside Festival. “This year we were given the topic of feeling good in architecture and interior design,” says Hu in the movie, which was filmed […]
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Architects “haven’t learned” how to connect skyscrapers to the public realm, says Safdie

Movie: in the final video interview from our exclusive series, architect Moshe Safdie says that architects are too concerned with designing objects to create skyscrapers that work with the city. “They think of towers as great sculptures, twisting this way, twisting this way. But the tower is also a building block of the city, it […]
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Álvaro Siza: “Emotion is very important” in architecture

Interview: Álvaro Siza, one of the world’s most decorated architects, spoke to Dezeen recently in his home city of Porto, Portugal. In this interview he tells us his projects are never finished “because we never have enough time”. Siza is a cult figure on the architecture circuit whose work has been described as “poetic modernism”. The […]
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Marina Bay Sands offers “a new kind of public realm” says Moshe Safdie

Movie: in the first in a series of exclusive video interviews, AIA Gold Medal-winner Moshe Safdie talks about his most famous project since Habitat 67 – the gigantic Marina Bay Sands development in Singapore. Isareli architect Moshe Safdie, who is now based in Boston, was named the 2015 recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ highest accolade, last week. […]
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3D-printed structural components will lead to “new building shapes”

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: Salomé Galjaard of engineering firm Arup says 3D printing building components will result in more efficient and diverse architectural forms (+ movie). The use of metal 3D-printed structural components will “have a big impact on the visual appearance of the world we live in,” Galjaard says in the movie, which was filmed in Eindhoven […]
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Guggenheim Helsinki: “We’ve got quite a lot to chew on”

News: the Guggenheim is just one of a string of institutions expanding internationally with new architecture projects. The Helsinki competition represents part of its plans to “stop being an exporting institution, and instead be a collaborative one,” according to director Richard Armstrong (+ interview). The shortlist for the Guggenheim Helsinki was revealed this morning and includes six firms […]
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Abedian School of Architecture by CRAB Studio was “designed from the inside out”

Inside Festival 2014: architect Gavin Robotham of CRAB Studio explains how the new architecture faculty building at Bond University was designed around the school’s curriculum (+ movie). “The building was designed from the inside out,” claims Robotham, who is director at CRAB Studio together with Peter Cook. Related story: CRAB Studio creates cave-like meeting rooms […]

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OMA reveals trio of “peanut-shaped” towers for Miami’s Coconut Grove

News: OMA’s New York office has unveiled plans to build three residential towers beside the bay in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighbourhood. Practice partner Shohei Shigematsu explains the design to Dezeen in an exclusive interview (+ slideshow). Rem Koolhaas’ firm won a competition to design the Park Grove luxury residential scheme last year with a proposal for six […]

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Gallery extension proposal by 5468796 “recreates the quality of light of a rainforest”

World Architecture Festival 2014: Johanna Hurme of Canadian firm 5468796 explains the use of wooden “quills” in the proposed art gallery extension that was named Future Project of the Year 2014 (+ movie). 5468796’s proposal for an extension to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, is covered in wooden spines designed to […]

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The High Line is a “pulling-back from architecture” say Diller and Scofidio

Interview: the architects behind the phenomenally popular High Line park in New York have spoken to Dezeen about how the project has changed the city and why attempts to recreate the idea in other places might struggle. Originally launched to reclaim part of a disused elevated railway line, the High Line public park – designed […]

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Canberra’s National Arboretum features “100 forests from around the world”

World Architecture Festival 2014: Australian landscape architect Perry Lethlean explains the concept behind the Canberra park named World Landscape of the Year 2014 in our next movie from World Architecture Festival. The National Arboretum by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer is a regeneration project on the outskirts of Canberra, Australia, aimed at replacing trees […]

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The Chapel by a21studio is like “a big colourful lantern”

World Architecture Festival 2014: in this exclusive video interview Vietnamese architect Toan Nghiem discusses the use of bright colours in The Chapel, the community centre that was crowned World Building of the Year 2014 earlier this month (+ movie). The Chapel is a multi-purpose community space in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by local architecture […]

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The UK “is not interested in funding” public buildings says David Chipperfield

Interview: the UK is a difficult place to “do architecture” thanks to the dominance of the commercial sector and a lack of government investment says British architect David Chipperfield, whose firm is refurbishing Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. “The state is not interested in funding” building projects for the public sector in the UK, Chipperfield […]

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The golden age is over for public buildings in Britain, says Stirling Prize winner

News: architects in the UK are being “cut to the bone” by bureaucracy says architect Steve Tompkins, whose firm won the RIBA Stirling Prize last night for the Liverpool Everyman Theatre (+ interview). Haworth Tompkins’ Everyman Theatre was named the best new building in Britain, beating works by leading architects including Zaha Hadid, RIBA Gold […]

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Ole Scheeren: Asia has “a certain fearlessness and vision for the future”

World Architecture Festival 2014: after working as project architect for OMA’s giant CCTV tower, architect Ole Scheeren stepped out of Rem Koolhaas’ shadow and set up his own practice in China. He spoke to Dezeen about what he learned from his former mentor and the vastly different speed, scale and ambition of working in the […]

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