Heatherwick Studio releases new video of 1000 Trees under construction in Shanghai

August 10, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Thomas Heatherwick’s studio has revealed its own video and photographs of its tree-covered development in Shanghai, following the release of drone footage earlier this week. Heatherwick Studio’s 1000 Trees, previously called Moganshan, is currently under construction next to the city’s M50 arts district. The huge tree-covered development design is split across two sites, connected by a narrow strip of land containing a

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

August 10, 2017 Natashah Hitti 0

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

August 10, 2017 Natashah Hitti 0

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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David Chipperfield: “Brexit will isolate the UK”

August 9, 2017 Ben Hobson 0

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

August 8, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

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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Drone footage shows Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” underway in Shanghai

August 7, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Work is well underway on Heatherwick Studio’s “tree-covered mountains” in Shanghai, as shown in this flyover movie filmed by a drone. One thousand trees dot the terraced forms of Moganshan, a project designed by Thomas Heatherwick’s London studio for a six-hectare site adjacent to Shanghai’s main art district, M50. A rendering of the project was first unveiled in December 2015, but this footage

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PUP Architects builds rooftop pavilion disguised as warehouse air duct

August 4, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

PUP Architects has installed a “subversive” duct-shaped pavilion on the roof of a canal-side warehouse in east London, to provoke local planning authorities to reconsider the area’s development. The London studio run by Theo Molloy, Chloe Leen and Steve Wilkinson drew up the design for the Architecture Foundation’s new Antepavilion programme, an annual commission sponsored by the property

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Chinese cities are “still copying” architecture from other countries says Ma Yansong

August 3, 2017 Calum Lindsay 0

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

August 2, 2017 Calum Lindsay 0

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”

August 1, 2017 Sebastian Jordahn 0

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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Neon constructs a colourful cathedral in France that moves with the wind

July 31, 2017 Danil Boparai 0

British studio Neon has created a vibrant tent-like installation covered in wind-reactive inflatable pockets in the mountains of France. Titled Wind Cathedral, the site-specific artwork was created by Mark Nixon’s architecture and design practice for Horizons, an annual open-air exhibition in Massif du Sancy focusing on large installations. Located on a hill in the countryside of a small

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Grace Quah’s Bartlett graduation project is a feminist film featuring homes that perform domestic chores

July 31, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Grace Quah has produced a feminist film featuring a conceptual housing estate where appliances become the architecture, reducing the amount of unpaid domestic labour women are required to carry out. Quah developed her Silvertown Plug-In project during her studies on the Bartlett’s MA programme. She was part of Unit 26, led by Simon Kennedy

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Zrobym Architects’ summer house combines references to Scandinavian and Belarusian architecture

July 30, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

The cosy feel of classic Scandinavian cottages is referenced in the interior of this summer house near the Belarusian village of Raubichi, which is clad entirely in larch and cedar. Zrobym Architects, which is based in the nearby city of Minsk, designed the summer house (also known as a dacha) as a quiet retreat for

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

July 27, 2017 Sebastian Jordahn 0

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

July 25, 2017 Ben Hobson 0

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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Ring-shaped concourse proposed for major renovation of Los Angeles’ Union Station

July 24, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has released a movie detailing its proposal to extend the city’s historic Union Station building with a ring-shaped, glazed passenger concourse. Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) created the video to visualise the design as part of a major overhaul of the station, which was built in 1939 in the city’s

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The Seasteading Institute’s floating cities are designed for unregulated innovation

July 24, 2017 Calum Lindsay 0

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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Hong Kong’s densely packed high-rises captured from above in new drone movie

July 21, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

The soaring skyscrapers, manicured gardens and rubbish tips of Hong Kong are all shown in this drone footage shot by architect Mariana Bisti. Bisti aimed to capture the “complexities and contradictions” of Hong Kong, which is one of the most densely populated territories in the world. She shot the footage in February this year, while undertaking a 10-week artist

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ODA creates stepped terraces at corner of Brooklyn condo building

July 20, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Cascading balconies top this Brooklyn apartment block by American studio ODA, which is shown in a movie starring the design team throwing footballs, catching flowers and passing balloons between the terraces. Photographer and filmmaker Miguel de Guzmán of Imagen Subliminal shot the film to showcase the “optimistic atmosphere of the life in the terraces”, which ODA created on the upper corner of

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