Dassault Systèmes showcases pollution-absorbing architecture by Kengo Kuma and Daan Roosegaarde

Kengo Kuma and Daan Roosegaarde are among the architects and designers presenting proposals to tackle air pollution, in this movie Dezeen filmed for Dassault Systèmes. During Milan design week, the 3D software company presented an exhibition called Design in the Age of Experience, which showcased ideas for improving air quality. It featured an audio-visual installation by artist Wesley Goatley

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Containerwerk showcases potential of using shipping containers for housing

The founders of Containerwerk discuss the benefits of building with recycled shipping containers in this movie Dezeen filmed for the German start-up company at Milan design week. Founded two years ago in Stuttgart, Germany, Containerwerk adapts used shipping containers so they can be used by architects to create living and working spaces. The company uses

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MINI Living and Studiomama’s Milan installation allowed “everyone to become an architect”

In our latest Dezeen x MINI Living movie, architect Oke Hauser and designer Nina Tolstrup explain how MINI’s Milan design week installation let visitors design their own micro homes. Called MINI Living – Built by All, the show at Via Tortona showcased a conceptual modular system for creating tiny customisable living spaces. Split between two former warehouses,

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Watch our Dezeen x MINI Living talk about democratising urban design live from Milan

Designers Nina Tolstrup and Mario Minale join Joseph Grima and Oke Hauser of MINI Living to discuss how mass customisation and the democratisation of design can impact the spaces we live in. Tune in from 5:00pm UK time to watch the talk live. The stream is now live. Watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page. Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs

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Studiomama creates colourful capsule homes for MINI Living installation

Architecture firm Studiomama has teamed up with MINI to build a series of tiny, pastel-toned living spaces, each designed to suit a different character. Installed inside a former factory for Milan design week, MINI Living – Built By All comprises four compact living spaces that are all tailored towards different lifestyles. The aim is to show

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CLS Architetti and Arup use a portable robot to 3D print a house in Milan

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have used a portable robot to 3D print a concrete house, which is on show for Milan design week. Printed onsite on Milan’s Piazza Cesare Beccaria, the 100-square-metre house was formed over the course of a week. Made up of 35 modules, the house features curved walls, a living area, bedroom,

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Milan “will benefit from Brexit” as the city grows in confidence and status, say designers and critics

Milan is becoming a major cultural destination that could attract creative businesses away from London, according to leading figures in the city for its design week. Margriet Vollenberg, the Dutch curator behind the city’s Ventura Centrale and Venture Future exhibitions, said Milan was becoming a “world city”. “Brexit is an opportunity for Milan,” she said,

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Peter Pichler builds pyramidal pavilion using 1,600 wooden beams

Over 1,600 wooden beams are stacked on top of another to form this intricate pavilion, designed by Italian architect Peter Pichler. The temporary structure is installed in the courtyard of Ca’ Granda, a Renaissance-style complex belonging to the University of Milan, for Milan design week. Called Future Space, it is designed to show how wood can

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Arup and CLS Architetti to build “Europe’s first 3D-printed house” at Milan design week

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have revealed plans to 3D print a one-bedroom house at this year’s Milan design week. Arup and CLS Architetti are creating the structure, which they describe as “Europe’s first 3D-printed one-bedroom house”, to highlight the potential of the technology. It is currently being 3D printed in a square near the Duomo cathedral, to be showcased

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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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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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Dezeen’s latest Pinterest board is blooming with plant-covered buildings

Influenced by Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed leafy tower in Beirut, our featured Pinterest board this week is sowed with plant-covered buildings from around the world. It includes Studio 102’s verdant office and showroom in Hanoi and a green Parisian apartment tower by Maison Edouard François. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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Watch our Dezeen x MINI LIVING talk with SO-IL, Assemble and Carlo Ratti live from Milan

Architects SO-IL, Assemble and Carlo Ratti discuss the future of urban architecture at our first Dezeen x MINI LIVING Initiative talk in Milan. Tune in at 2pm UK time to watch it live. The live stream will start at 2pm UK time. Ilias Papageorgiou of New York studio SO-IL, Jane Hall of London collective Assemble and Italian architect Carlo Ratti are

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SO-IL imagines a future of sustainable city living with smog-filtering MINI Living house

New York firm SO-IL has built a prototype house at the MINI Living space in Milan, featuring a white mesh exterior designed to filter polluted city air, and a plant-covered roof. Installed for the duration of Milan design week, the MINI Living – Breathe installation is a “resource-conscious” housing prototype that offers a sustainable solution to shared, compact city living. It is on

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OFIS Arhitekti designs modular house suited for different terrains and climates

A team of architects and engineers led by Slovenian firm OFIS Arhitekti has designed and built a prototype modular house suited to a variety of locations, climates and terrains. Installed in Parco Sempione for Milan design week, the Living Unit is a collaboration between architecture studios OFIS, C+C and C28, engineering firm AKT and contractor Permiz. The concept is for

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Join Dezeen and MINI for a talk with SO-IL, Assemble and Carlo Ratti in Milan

Architects SO-IL, Assemble and Carlo Ratti will discuss the future of sustainable urban architecture at our first Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative talk in Milan next week, and Dezeen readers are invited to join us. Ilias Papageorgiou of New York studio SO-IL, Jane Hall of London collective Assemble and Italian architect Carlo Ratti will all join Dezeen and MINI

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