Architects can use theatre techniques to “reframe reality” says Zoe Svendsen

“Future scenario thinking” is a technique developed by theatre director Zoe Svendsen to imagine the cities of tomorrow. In an interview with Dezeen, she says architects could use it to design better urban futures. Svendsen, who is director of performing arts company Metis, uses future scenario thinking as a tool for conceptualising alternative realities. “Often when you start […]

Sidewalk Labs advances plans for Toronto smart city

Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs is moving forward with its ambition to create a smart neighbourhood in Toronto, after addressing a number of “critical issues” in its initial scheme. Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, which enlisted the Alphabet subsidiary to oversee the development, released new details of the conditions for the scheme yesterday. The update follows […]

Stefano Boeri unveils Smart Forest City covered in 7.5 million plants for Mexico

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans to create a forested smart city in Cancun, Mexico, that is designed to be a “pioneer” of more eco-efficient developments. Smart Forest City Cancun is intended to be built on a 557 hectare site near the Mexican city. According to the architect it will contain 7.5 million plants, […]

“Should architects design provocatively ugly architecture that does not conform to Instagram’s aesthetic conventions?”

Instagram has had a huge impact on the architecture of our cities and perhaps it is time that this changed, says Will Jennings. In just nine years, Instagram has risen from a fun photo-sharing app to a central element of contemporary culture. Instagrammable is now a recognised word, and as a verb “to Instagram” is […]

Indonesia’s new capital will be located on Borneo

As congested and low-lying Jakarta sinks rapidly, Indonesia‘s government has revealed that the new capital city will be built on the island of Borneo. President Joko Widodo announced that the administrative functions of Jakarta would move to the area of East Kalimantan, reported Bloomberg. The new capital will be located between North Penajam Paser and Kutai […]

Watch our talk with Liam Young exploring how drones will change cities live from London

Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will speak to speculative architect Liam Young about drones, the topic of Dezeen’s short film Elevation, in a talk at the Building Centre in London tonight. Watch live here from 6:30pm UK time. The livestream has not started yet. You can watch it here or on Dezeen’s Facebook page […]

Madrid could scrap low-emissions zone despite air quality improvements

A major plan to reduce air pollution in Madrid may be repealed, because incoming politicians want to bring back traffic back into the city. Isabel Díaz Ayuso of Spain’s right-wing Partido Popular (PP), who is expected to become president of the Madrid region, said that traffic jams are part of what make the Spanish capital […]

Hungary plans €1 billion greenhouse city powered by renewable energy

Hungary has revealed plans to build a new carbon-neutral greenhouse-filled farming city that will be powered by renewable energy sources. The €1 billion (£877 million) agricultural centre is proposed for the border between Hungary, Austria and Slovakia. It will cover 330 hectares – equivalent to 500 football pitches. Hungary’s minister of agriculture István Nagy said […]

Indonesia to replace sinking Jakarta with new capital city

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo is planning to relocate the nation’s capital away from Jakarta, the world’s fastest-sinking city. Bambang Brodjonegoro, national development planning minister of Indonesia, revealed the president’s plans to move the capital off the island of Java. Speaking to Jakarta Globe after a cabinet meeting on Monday, Brodjonegoro said ministers have been told to suggest viable […]

“China is one of the best places for experimenting” with urban technology says Carlo Ratti

All eyes should be on China in the race to develop smart cities, says architect Carlo Ratti, who is co-curating this year’s Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen. China offers unique perspectives on how technology can be used to improve public space, according to Ratti, and international architects and urban planners can learn a lot. “Probably […]

BIG unveils Oceanix City concept for floating villages that can withstand hurricanes

Architecture firm BIG has designed a concept for a floating city of 10,000 people that could help populations threatened by extreme weather events and rising sea levels. BIG founder Bjarke Ingels unveiled the scheme yesterday at a round-table discussion on floating cities at the United Nations’s New York headquarters. Called Oceanix City, the concept consists […]

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