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Dermot Horgan imagines personal data bank at centre of future Amsterdam neighbourhood

September 1, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

TU Delft graduate Dermot Horgan has created a concept for a neighbourhood that would be built around a publicly accessible data bank, to make the topic of personal information central to society. In Horgan’s vision of future Amsterdam, individuals rather than companies will control how their data is stored and who is allowed to use it.

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Sean Cassidy proposes first seed vault in Sub-Saharan Africa for site on Mount Kilimanjaro

August 26, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

A subterranean seed bank could be built into the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, says Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts graduate Sean Cassidy, to ensure food crops can be regrown after an apocalypse. Cassidy’s project, Productive Landscapes, proposes the construction of the first seed vault south of the equator, as part of a farming research institute set

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Elliott Bishop tells “cautionary tale” of privatisation with fictional Nestlé-owned city

August 24, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

The English city of York is transformed into a giant Nestlé sweet factory in this concept by Bartlett graduate Elliott Bishop, set in a post-Brexit Britain. The Sweet Proposal: A Cautionary Tale of The Corporate City explores how a city could function as a private and politically autonomous economic zone. Bishop imagines York – a city that confectionary

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Hannah Rozenberg develops online tool for designing architecture without gender bias

August 12, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Royal College of Art graduate Hannah Rozenberg has developed a digital tool that calculates the underlying gender bias in English architectural terms, to help create more gender-neutral environments. Rozenberg’s graduation project, Building Without Bias: An Architectural Language for the Post-Binary, centres around an online calculator that allows you find out whether a building is biased

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Natasha Marks envisions “canyon-like” neighbourhoods built under Seoul following reunification of Korea

August 10, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Vast underground neighbourhoods are built to house an influx of migrants into Seoul, following the reunification of North and South Korea, in this conceptual proposal by Bartlett graduate Natasha Marks. The project, titled The United Peninsula, anticipates a population surge into the South Korean capital, following the removal of the border that has divided the Korean Peninsula

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Natasha Marks envisions “canyon-like” neighbourhoods built under Seoul following reunification of Korea

August 10, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Vast underground neighbourhoods are built to house an influx of migrants into Seoul, following the reunification of North and South Korea, in this conceptual proposal by Bartlett graduate Natasha Marks. The project, titled The United Peninsula, anticipates a population surge into the South Korean capital, following the removal of the border that has divided the Korean Peninsula

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Red Deer creates pastel-striped pasta restaurant for “Soho institution” Lina Stores

July 29, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

The pastel-green and white striped interiors of this Italian restaurant, designed by London architecture studio Red Deer, pay homage to the eatery’s sister business – the popular Soho delicatessen Lina Stores. Lina Stores restaurant is the first expansion of the deli, which opened its doors in London’s West End in 1944. The 75-year-old “Soho institution” is recognisable by

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Smiljan Radić uses lantern-like skin to disguise concrete frame of Chilean theatre

July 27, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

A translucent concertinaed shell conceals the gridded concrete interior of this theatre designed by Chilean architects Smiljan Radić, Eduardo Castillo and Gabriela Medrano for the city of Concepción. The Teatro Regional del Bíobío stands on the edge of the Biobío River that runs through the Chilean city. A trio of architects – Radić, Castillo and Medrano – won a competition

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Smiljan Radić works on fire station and playground for Chilean civic hub

July 25, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Architects Smiljan Radić, Eduardo Castillo and Danilo Lazcano teamed up on this community hub in San Pedro de La Paz, Chile, featuring a bright red fire station, raised black walkway and a playground. Radić, Castillo and Lazcano won a contest to design the 15,050-square-metre masterplan for the Boca Sur neighbourhood. The competition titled I Love my Suburb called for a

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Luxembourg Pavilion calls for architects to “give more space to the public” by building on stilts

July 5, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Projects by Aldo Rossi, Paul Rudolph and Le Corbusier show how buildings on stilts can be used to covertly introduce public space onto private land, according to the curators of the Luxembourg Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition features 13 towering MDF models of buildings on stilts, which were all proposed but never

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Venice Biennale project sees derelict 1980s flat transformed back into family home

June 22, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

A social-housing apartment that stood empty for five years is becoming a family home again, after being refurbished for a Venice Architecture Biennale show. The Unfolding Pavilion was a week-long exhibition inside a triplex flat in the Giudecca Social Housing Complex, which was built by Italian architect Gino Valle in 1986. The flat was in

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South Korean glamping resort offers holidaymakers a touch of “minimalist luxury”

June 22, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Atelier Chang has designed a sequence of brightly coloured tents for the SJCC Glamping Resort to offer tourists a luxury camping experience on a cypress-covered mountain near the South Korean city of Suncheon. The 16 brightly pods are oriented to enjoy views over the Suncheon Ecological Bay, which is located around 300 kilometres south of Seoul

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Chelsea FC shelves plans for Herzog & de Meuron-designed stadium

May 31, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Herzog & de Meuron’s plans to update Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium have been put on hold indefinitely amid an “unfavourable investment climate”. Chelsea Football Club released a statement today saying the £500 million renovation plans by the Swiss firm had been put “on hold”. “No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur. The

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Vatican City’s patronage is “exactly what architecture needs” says Norman Foster 

May 30, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

The Vatican City is a champion for contemporary architecture, according to Norman Foster, one of several architects commissioned by the Catholic city state for the Venice Architecture Biennale. Speaking to Dezeen in Venice, the Foster + Partners principal said the Vatican City should be congratulated for its debut biennale contribution – instead of curating a traditional

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V&A unveils huge section of demolished Robin Hood Gardens at Venice Architecture Biennale

May 28, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Visitors to the Venice Architecture Biennale can walk the “streets in the sky” of London’s Robin Hood Gardens, as the V&A museum has shipped a huge chunk of the brutalist housing estate to Italy. As the showpiece of the exhibition Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin in Reverse, the fragment is the facade of one flat from the famous

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Huge balloons inflate and deflate based on atmospheric conditions inside Nordic Pavilion

May 25, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale has been filled with huge inflatable blobs that slowly expand and contract in response to changing environmental conditions. The exhibition, called Another Generosity, aims to explore the relationship between nature and the built environment. Curators Eero Lundén and Juulia Kauste wanted to show how humans can start to create

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Swiss Pavilion invites visitors to explore bland rental homes like Alice In Wonderland

May 24, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Unremarkable light switches, doors and counters are either shrunk or enlarged inside Switzerland’s Venice Biennale pavilion, to draw attention to the ubiquitous interior design of rental properties. Called House Tour, the exhibition sees the Swiss Pavilion transformed into a warren of unfurnished rooms, using the bland fittings commonly selected for new-build housing or rented apartments. But

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Five key topics for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

May 22, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

The Venice Architecture Biennale kicks off this week. Ahead of the opening, Dezeen architecture editor Jessica Mairs looks at some of the topics likely to dominate conversation, from the future of social housing to cruising culture. Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders of Dublin-based Grafton Architects, are the curators of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, which

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“Siloed thinking” not cladding to blame for Grenfell Tower fire claims report

May 17, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Ignorance, indifference and inadequate regulation led to the Grenfell Tower disaster, not its cladding alone, claims a new report, which does not recommend a ban on the combustable building materials blamed for the fire.  Overseen by engineer Judith Hackitt, the Building a Safer Future report reviewed current building and fire-safety regulations and how they related to

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New visuals emerge of development risking Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage status 

May 16, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

The design of the £5 billion development set to transform the northern docks of Liverpool, England, has been revised in response to concerns from the UNESCO conservation committee. New CGI visuals show the latest plans for the Central Dock section of the Liverpool Waters masterplan, which were changed after a warning from UNESCO that the development could

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