Thomas Heatherwick saddened after plans for New York “treasure island” are scrapped

Only a month after the Garden Bridge was scrapped, Thomas Heatherwick’s plans for a park on New York’s Hudson River have been abandoned – and the designer has described the decision as “really, really sad”. Billionaire Barry Diller announced yesterday he is giving up his battle to replace an old pier with an undulating park and events space designed

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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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“Urban design caused the Hurricane Harvey disaster”

Houston’s poor urban planning, not climate change, is to blame for the catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Harvey, says disaster expert Ilan Kelman in this Opinion column. Hurricane Harvey was a major storm with extensive rainfall. It was not a natural disaster. The disaster was caused by human decisions to live in a hurricane zone without

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Paris’ most eye-catching buildings take centre stage in Sebastian Weiss’ latest photo series

The silvery skin of Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie de Paris concert hall and the cauliflower-like balconies of the Choux de Créteil tower blocks by Gérard Grandval are among the details captured by photographer Sebastian Weiss on his last trip to Paris. The photos are the second instalment from Weiss’ ongoing Dramatis Personae series, which has previously seen the architectural photographer document landmark buildings in Portugal, Denmark and

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Eda Kutluozen proposes affordable housing above tube stations for London’s key workers

Royal College of Art architecture graduate Eda Kutluozen’s Vertical Open City project proposes inserting dense affordable housing and public spaces into disused sites across London. Designed for key workers and other marginalised citizens, Kutluozen proposes vertically stacking highly compacted public and domestic spaces into disused infill sites across the capital, such as the dead space above tube

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Earthworm-inspired pavilion built in Latvia’s floodplains stages concerts and light shows

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture has built a circular pavilion for open-air music and lighting performances, designed to be reminiscent of an earthworm’s natural habitat. Nature Concert Hall is an interactive, educational multi-media event on nature and sustainable development held each year in a different location in Latvia. Every year is curated with a particular species as its “mascot” and Didzis Jaunzems

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Tadao Ando surrounds huge buddha statue with lavender-covered mound at Sapporo cemetery

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has concealed a huge stone statue of the buddha within a hill covered in lavender plants at the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo. The top of the statue’s head just crests through a circular well at the centre of the verdant mound, which is carpeted in 150,000 of the purple-flowering plants. Visitors must pass through a 40-metre tunnel to get to

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LAMAS builds contemporary Canadian farmhouse with reclaimed timber walls

The old agricultural buildings of Quebec informed this modern farmhouse near Montreal, which features walls of reclaimed wood, steeply pitched roofs and a secluded inner courtyard. Called Townships Farmhouse, the property was designed by Toronto firm LAMAS for a working farm in the town of North Hatley, about an hour-and-a-half’s drive east of Montreal and close to the

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Controversial Iron Ring set to be submerged in landscape beside a Welsh castle

A huge ring-shaped walkway designed by architect George King is set to be built next to Flint Castle in Wales – but has been met with fierce opposition by locals, who see it as symbol of historic oppression. George King Architects, which has offices in London and Gloucestershire, was awarded the project following a nation-wide competition that invited leading artists

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Jim Olson expands tiny cabin he built 60 years ago in rural Washington

Jim Olson, co-founder of Seattle architecture studio Olson Kundig, has made a series of additions to a bunkhouse he designed and built aged 18, as a first-year architecture student. The Olson Cabin is located on a forested site in Longbranch, a village situated on a peninsula in the Puget Sound. The site has been in

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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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New designs unveiled for Norwegian government headquarters following 2011 terrorist attack

The part of Oslo’s government quarter damaged during the 2011 terrorist bombing will be replaced by one of two proposals – one by a team including Haptic and Nordic, and another by a team featuring A-Lab and LPO Architects. Statsbygg, the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property, organised a competition calling for proposals to redevelop the Regjeringskvartalet, an area containing several ministry buildings,

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SOM designs “new skyline” for port area of Sri Lanka’s largest city

SOM has won a competition to design a new district for Sri Lankan city Colombo, with a design featuring numerous skyscrapers, a marina, canals and a park, influenced by the country’s tropical climate. The finance and marina district masterplan was designed by SOM for CHEC Port City Colombo, which is looking to transform 269 hectares of reclaimed land beside Colombo’s

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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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AART designs pop-up train carriages to rejuvenate an old railway in Aarhus

A single-room hotel, a public greenhouse and a set of polling booths are just some of the unusual functions assigned to a set of train carriages designed by Danish studio AART for an old industrial area of Aarhus. AART worked with local non-profit organisation Givisme on the design for the pop-up carriages, which were created to inject life back into an area of

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All four seasons coexist in Milan garden proposed by Carlo Ratti

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has revealed plans for a covered garden in Milan, which would use climate-control technology to allow visitors to experience spring, summer, autumn and winter at any time of year. Carlo Ratti Associati designed The Garden of the Four Seasons to offer city-dwellers a closer glimpse of nature’s cycles. Summer, winter, autumn and spring are represented by four

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Studio Morison installs origami-like “pineapple” in Berrington Hall’s 18th-century garden

Artistic duo Studio Morison has erected a pink pavilion shaped like an origami pineapple in the centre of the 18th-century walled garden of the Berrington Hall country estate in Herefordshire, England. Local artists Heather and Ivan Morison were asked to design a contemporary structure that would attract visitors and kickstart fundraising for the restoration of Berrington Hall’s walled garden. The construction

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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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Facebook appoints OMA to masterplan new residential village next to its Gehry-designed campus

Facebook has announced that architecture firm OMA will masterplan a new village for the area adjacent to its Frank Gehry-designed campus in Menlo Park, California. The social media giant enlisted OMA’s New York office to redevelop the former Menlo Science & Technology Park, a 56-acre property that the social media giant acquired last year, located south of its headquarters.

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Hong Kong’s Skypark rooftop provides a playground for “balance-centric millennials”

Dezeen promotion: entrepreneur Adrian Cheng has worked alongside Dutch architecture studio Concrete to create a new social space in Hong Kong tower Skypark that meets the needs of its youthful residents. Located in central Kowloon, Skypark features a clubhouse and lawned garden on its roof, with exterior steps that double as amphitheatre-style outdoor seating. New World Development built the

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Studio Weave installs stilted hikers’ shelter beside a Bordeaux river

Hikers can stay overnight for free at this elevated shelter on the outskirts of Bordeaux, designed by London-based Studio Weave to reference the form and materiality of traditional water towers. Studio Weave was commissioned to design the shelter by arts and architecture collective Bruit du Frigo, which has established a series of shelters around the

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18 “rail-to-trail” projects following in the High Line’s footsteps

The creators of New York’s High Line have launched a platform to advise similar infrastructure reuse projects in the USA. We’ve rounded up the 18 other schemes in the works, including an OMA-designed bridge with ramps and waterfalls, and an underground park. The hugely popular High Line park, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, reclaimed

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Norway scraps plans for controversial memorial near site of 2011 Utøya terrorist attack

Plans to cut a “wound” into a Norwegian peninsula in memory of the victims of terrorist Anders Breivik have been abandoned following years of opposition from locals. The Memory Wound memorial, by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg, was intended to commemorate the 77 people who died in the 22 July 2011 attacks, which centred on a

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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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David Adjaye, BIG and Sou Fujimoto compete to build Edinburgh Ross Pavilion

David Adjaye’s temple-like canopy, Bjarke Ingels’ looped auditorium and Sou Fujimoto’s spiralling pathway are among the seven shortlisted proposals for an events pavilion in Edinburgh, Scotland. Flanagan Lawrence, PagePark Architects, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and wHY Architecture have also been shortlisted for the Ross Pavilion at West Princes Street Gardens, a public park set below Edinburgh castle.

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Architects propose seven ways to reinvigorate the Los Angeles river

Colourful playgrounds, undulating pathways and a spot for kayaking are among the proposals made by seven architecture firms to revitalise areas along the Los Angeles river. The LA River Downtown Design Dialogue celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles River Revitalisation project, which Frank Gehry is also working on. The project is designed to overhaul areas along

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Nendo looks to ancient Japanese tombs for first landscape architecture project

Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo has now moved into urban design, unveiling its massive CoFuFun plaza near Kyoto. The plaza – located outside of Tenri Station in Japan’s Nara prefecture – is the studio’s largest architecture project after its renovation of the Siam Discovery shopping centre in Bangkok last year. It is also Nendo’s first

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Snøhetta set to overhaul former paper mill to offer views of Oregon waterfall

Snøhetta has unveiled its plans to transform an abandoned paper mill blocking a view of Oregon City’s Willamette Falls and waterfront into a cultural complex looped by an elevated pathway. Located on the Willamette River, The Riverwalk will open up views of Willamette Falls – North America’s second largest waterfall in volume – that haven’t been accessible for 150 years.

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10 roof gardens from Dezeen’s Pinterest boards that each provide an urban oasis

With summer on the way, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best rooftop gardens from Dezeen’s Pinterest boards, from a lush oasis on the roof of a Sydney penthouse to a tranquil rooftop courtyard complete with lotus pond in India. Cornwall Gardens, Singapore, by Chang Architects Vegetation cascades over the edges of this rooftop garden, designed by Chang Architects for

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MVRDV transforms 1970s highway into “plant village” in Seoul

Dutch studio MVRDV has converted a former overpass into a plant-covered walkway in Seoul, which follows a kilometre-long route above the traffic. South Korea’s answer to New York’s High Line, the 983-metre-long park occupies a stretch of the 1970s highway destined for demolition. It now contains 24,000 trees, shrubs and flowers set into cylindrical planters. The walkway, called

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Adamo Faiden completes undulating plaza in Buenos Aires’ financial district

Argentinian studio Adamo Faiden has designed a stepped public plaza to cover an underground carpark in Catalinas Norte, the financial centre of Buenos Aires. The urban landscape, named Plaza Catalinas, is made up of triangular segments of planting and sits at the foot of a glass tower in the business district. Designed to defy the rigidity of its metropolitan surroundings, architects Sebastián

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James Corner Field Operations adds circular landscaping to Philadelphia Navy Yards Central Green

A+Awards: landscaped circles accommodate different activities at the centre of the redeveloped Navy Yards in Philadelphia, designed by James Corner Field Operations and a winner at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards. The Central Green sits at the heart of the former boat-building docks in the south of the city, which have undergone extensive regeneration into a

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Ecosistema Urbano envisions bioclimatic domes for West Palm Beach

Madrid studio Ecosistema Urbano has won first place in a competition to revamp the waterfront of Florida’s West Palm Beach, with a proposal for domed spaces that house an array of functions, from an aquarium to a yoga and meditation zone. Called Open Shore, the scheme is the winner of the Shore to Core competition

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“If we’re going to have cities, then we have to invest” says Michelle Obama

Former US first lady Michelle Obama has urged architects to consider working on more community projects in poorer city neighbourhoods, during her keynote at the 2017 AIA conference this week. In her first public appearance since leaving the White House, Obama called on American architects to focus efforts on work that will benefit those in

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Sasaki designs hydroponic vertical farm for Shanghai

Architecture firm Sasaki has designed this hydroponic vertical farm for Shanghai, where leafy greens will be grown on rotating loops housed in a huge greenhouse. The local studio designed the urban farm as part of the Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District, which will be built on a site between Shanghai’s main international airport and the city centre, and divided by a canal.

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Williamsburg’s Domino Sugar Factory site to become six-acre park by James Corner Field Operations

The site of the former Domino Sugar Factory on the Brooklyn waterfront will open as a public park in 2018, as part of a major redevelopment project. The derelict patch of land that the red-brick factory sits on – just north of the Williamsburg Bridge – will be transformed by landscape architecture firm James Corner

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Cities are “deeply tragic” says Rem Koolhaas

Architects have lost control of city design according to Rem Koolhaas, who says the gap between the profession’s rhetoric and the reality is wider in Italy than anywhere else. Speaking at a conference during Milan design week, the OMA founder said that Italy was “tortured” by this situation. “The architecture profession thought not so long ago that it knew how

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SOM reveals designs for 16-hectare “vertical village” in central Bangkok

Skidmore Owings & Merril has unveiled its vision for One Bangkok: a new district in the centre of the Thai city made up of a family skyscrapers interspersed with green spaces. One Bangkok will provide extensive residential, hotel, retail, office and public space for an estimated 60,000 people once the district is complete in 2025. The design by Chicago-based architects SOM will integrate a

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Modular affordable housing envisioned for “abandoned” New York airspace

This conceptual scheme by designers Beomki Lee and Chang Kyu Lee calls for using vacant airspace over existing New York buildings to create affordable apartments and public areas. Called Instant City: Living Air-Right, the design consists of a white, modular, grid-like structure built atop existing low-rise buildings. Renderings show the proposal above 225 West 28th

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Snøhetta’s Times Square transformation officially opens

Architecture firm Snøhetta has completed its redesign of New York’s Times Square, almost doubling the pedestrian areas at the busiest place in the US. Officially opening today, the project involved the urban reconfiguration and landscaping of 5.18 acres (2.1 hectares) at the “bowtie”-shaped intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Home to many

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Red cycle path by NEXT and Rudy Uytenhaak snakes over Utrecht school and canal

This vivid red bicycle track was designed by NEXT Architects and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau to wind over the roof of a school in the Dutch city of Utrecht, and continues to bridge over a canal. Amsterdam-based NEXT Architects and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau integrated the cycle and pedestrian bridge with a school and a public garden to provide a new route across the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. “In one

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Sledding path to loop around roof garden of Beijing civic centre by Andrew Bromberg

An undulating path will curve around the roof garden of this Beijing shopping centre by American architect Andrew Bromberg, and be covered in a layer of fake snow for sledding in winter. Hong Kong-based Bromberg of architectural firm Aedas, designed the Phase 3C building for the China World Trade Center complex in Chaoyang, the city’s central business district. The building is the fifth

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Kengo Kuma’s major expansion of Portland Japanese Garden opens

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a new complex for an urban garden in Portland, Oregon, that features a central courtyard and buildings topped with pagoda-style, green roofs. The project is the first public commission in America for Kuma, who founded in Tokyo-based practice in 1990. He won the commission through an international competition. The

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ENOTA sculpts pedestrian area for Slovenian garden city

A+Awards: angular steps and terraces line the banks of a shallow waterway to form a promenade at the heart of Velenje, Slovenia – a project that earned Ljubljana firm ENOTA a 2016 Architizer A+Award. The Promenada in Velenje’s centre forms a public space and thoroughfare for the young town, designed in the 1950s in the

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New photographs reveal Snøhetta’s Lascaux IV Caves Museum in southern France

These photographs capture the jagged roofline of the museum that Snøhetta has designed at the Lascaux Caves in France, to frame a huge replica of some of the world’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings. Snøhetta worked with local firm Duncan Lewis and exhibition designers Casson Mann to create the tourist attraction, which opened at the end of 2016. Finishing touches have now been completed

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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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Snøhetta designs terraced stone entrances for Norway’s huge Stad Ship Tunnel

Snøhetta has designed a pair of grand stone arches for the entrance points of a 1.7-kilometre shipping tunnel, which will cut through a peninsula to bypass a particularly dangerous stretch of Norway’s coast. The 37-metre-high and 36-metre-wide Stad Ship Tunnel will pass through the narrowest part of the weather-beaten Stad peninsula between Kjødepollen and Moldefjorden. Snøhetta designed a set of

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Heatherwick’s Pier 55 park for New York now unlikely to go ahead

Plans to construct a Thomas Heatherwick-designed park and events venue jutting out over New York’s Hudson River have hit a major bump after a federal court vacated the project’s permit. The United States District Court has modified the permit issued for the construction of Pier 55, making it near impossible for the project to go ahead.

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MVRDV’s letter-shaped housing blocks spell out HOME across old army barracks site

MVRDV has revealed its plans to redevelop the former Mannheim US Army camp in Germany, creating a green mound from demolished barracks and four residential towers that spell out the word home. The Dutch firm’s designs for the 144-hectare Franklin Mitte neighbourhood in Mannheim are intended to introduce density and diversity to the monotonous plan of barracks. Aimed at local families leaving

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Córdoba Cultural Centre features an undulating roof that people can walk across

A twisting tower signals the presence of this cultural centre and historical archive in Spanish city Córdoba, which features a huge sloping public square on its roof. The proposal for the regeneration of a site in Córdoba’s Sarmiento Park is the result of a collaboration between architects Ivan Castaneda, Juan Salassa and Santiago Tissot of STC Arquitectos,

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A Smarter City competition calls for innovative designs for London’s green spaces

Dezeen promotion: designers are invited to come up with innovative solutions to revamp public spaces in the City of London, in the first of three competitions as part of the A Smarter City initiative. A Smarter City is a project led by The City Centre in partnership with the City of London Corporation and developer Brookfield Property Partners, seeking to improve

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California architecture students design shelters for LA’s growing homeless population

Students at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture have conceived a series of shelters for homeless people, ranging from a shopping cart converted into a tent structure to a tiny house made of scavenged material. Called the Homeless Studio, the course was aimed at investigating the architect’s role in homelessness, and devising solutions

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McGregor Coxall proposes wetland “bird airport” for northern China

Landscape architects McGregor Coxall has won a competition to design a wetland sanctuary in Tianjin, offering migrating birds a stopover to fatten up and breed. The Lingang Eco Park contest called for a landfill site in the city’s Lingang area to be transformed to create pockets of wetland, parkland and an urban forest along the East Asian–Australasian Flyway (EAAF). This route

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Kengo Kuma’s expansion of Portland Japanese Garden set to open in April

Work is nearly complete on a major expansion to an urban Japanese garden in Oregon – the first public commission in America for architect Kengo Kuma. The serene park – which encompasses nine acres (3.6 hectares) on a hill near downtown Portland – is considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

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Penda designs modular wooden “village” for Beijing Horticultural Expo

Architecture studio Penda has revealed plans to create a vast network of modular building blocks at the International Horticultural Expo 2019 in Beijing, forming a 30,000-square-metre exhibition space. Penda architects Chris Precht and Dayong Sun plan to build on their experience with modular construction to create the exhibition space for Chinese property developer Vanke. Their aim is to create an alternative to

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Nine visions for lunar architecture revealed in Moontopia competition

Nine space-age designs have been revealed as the winners of the Moontopia competition, which asked architects and designers to visualise life on the moon.  Entrants to the Moontopia competition were asked to draw up plans for a self-sufficient lunar colony for living, working, researching and space tourism. One winner and eight runners up were selected from hundreds of proposals

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South Dakota bunker field acts as apocalypse refuge for the rich

These mounds in the landscape of South Dakota are formed by hundreds of concrete military bunkers, which are being repurposed to create the world’s “largest survival shelter community”. Families and groups can lease the bunkers to be used as refuges in the wake of a catastrophic event, such as a nuclear war, a viral pandemic

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Exhibition surveys work of modernist landscape architect Lawrence Halprin

Parks with terraced fountains and chunky concrete formations are among works by American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin featured in a show at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Titled The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, the exhibition presents more than 50 new photographs of Halprin’s projects, including a stone-lined corridor for Yosemite Falls in

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Blank Studio proposes fibre canopies for sun-drenched Arizona streets

A scheme to convert roadways in Phoenix into car-free and plant-filled corridors shaded by woven canopies has won first place in a design competition. Designed by local firm Blank Studio Design + Architecture, the plan calls for transforming existing streets in Phoenix – a desert city in Arizona where summer temperatures regularly climb over 100 degrees Fahrenheit

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The Climate Tile by Tredje Natur aims to stop cities flooding

A new type of modular tile promises to help reduce flooding in cities hit by increased rainfall due to climate change. The streets of Copenhagen will be a testing ground for the Climate Tile, which was created by Danish architecture studio Tredje Natur and has been in development since 2014. Designed to be used alongside

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Swirling brick circles form back garden for South London Gallery

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco has worked with 6a Architects to create a sculptural garden paved in a pattern of interconnected circles for the South London Gallery. The community-focused gallery, located in the London area of Camberwell, was previously renovated and extended by 6a Architects in 2010. The new back garden is intended give the gallery’s

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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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Beautifying the Border proposal replaces US-Mexico fence with landscaping

Miami firm DOMO Architecture + Design has created renderings that show a series of landscaped features along the border between the USA and Mexico instead of a fence or wall. The Beautifying the Border project suggests a series of landscaped features that the studio hopes would be less imposing than the present setup. “Currently, there

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Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland wins World Landscape of the Year 2016

An Auckland wetlands reserve featuring “woven” timber structures has been named World Landscape of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. Designed by New Zealand firm Isthmus, the Kopupaka Reserve is a 22-hectare landscape made up of five stormwater wetlands. The designers added a series of timber structures around the edges of three ponds, creating forms that weave their way across

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Carlo Ratti proposes floating plaza for Florida waterfront

Architecture office Carlo Ratti Associati has used submarine technologies to design a buoyant public space off the coast of West Palm Beach’s Currie Park. As part of his masterplan for the Florida city’s waterfront, architect Carlo Ratti and his team have proposed a plaza that will be partly submerged and constructed like an underwater vessel.

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Futuristic digital billboard to be erected in Hollywood

A design for “the most Instagrammable billboard in the world” by a Los Angeles team has beaten schemes by Zaha Hadid Architects and Gensler in a competition to create an advertising structure for Sunset Boulevard. Chosen by the city council for West Hollywood earlier this week, Tom Wiscombe Architecture’s billboard will be installed as a

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“Designers and diplomats must work more closely together”

The design community and foreign policymakers need to attend each other’s events and communicate, if we are to find solutions to global urbanisation issues, says US Department of State advisor Ian Klaus. London Design Biennale kicked off at Somerset House along the River Thames on 7 September 2016. That same day in New York, diplomats met

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Chicago’s century-old Navy Pier revitalised by James Corner Field Operations and nArchitects

Kiosks with stainless steel canopies and a towering glass and chrome sculpture are among the recent enhancements made to Chicago’s Navy Pier, one of the largest public piers in the world (+ slideshow). Called Pierscape, the project was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the landscape studio behind Manhattan’s High Line, with architectural elements by More

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Alvar Aalto “changed the history of skateboarding”

Finnish Modernist architect Alvar Aalto accidentally invented the skateboard bowl with a 1930s swimming pool design, according to a US skateboarding magazine and a Finnish newspaper. Alvar Aalto’s seminal 1939 Villa Mairea in Noormarkku, Finland, features the world’s first kidney shaped swimming pool and was the precedent for a rash of similar designs in the US, More

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