The “only way to save the world” is to ban land ownership, says Vivienne Westwood

British designer Vivienne Westwood has said that “we haven’t got time to talk about fashion” in light of the climate crisis, and is instead calling for a ban on private land ownership with her One World Rent campaign. In a talk held at the V&A museum during London Design Festival, Westwood spoke about her “sustainability […]

“We fooled ourselves that sustainability was getting us where we needed to go” says Michael Pawlyn of Architects Declare

Architects must urgently go beyond creating sustainable architecture that minimises damage to the planet and design buildings that help repair it, says Michael Pawlyn from Architects Declare. Biomimetic architect Pawyln, who has played a key role in promoting Architects Declare, believes that architecture that “just mitigates negatives” is not going far enough. “We all fooled […]

Creativity in fashion “doesn’t mean creating more stuff”, says Extinction Rebellion’s Sara Arnold

Extinction Rebellion staged a funeral march to close London Fashion Week. Dezeen spoke to organiser and activist Sara Arnold about the need to redefine creativity in the climate crisis, rather than making “more stuff”. Last week, climate activist group Extinction Rebellion staged a funeral procession from London’s Trafalgar Square to 180 The Strand, London Fashion […]

Klaus Littmann plants forest in Austrian football stadium

Swiss art curator Klaus Littmann has planted 300 trees in a football stadium in Austria as a “memorial” to the environment in the anthropocene era. For Forest is replica of a European forest that has been transported to Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, where visitors can enjoy the spectacle of the leaves changing and falling during autumn. The […]

Think tank to research terraforming earth founded by Moscow’s Strelka Institute

The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow has launched a postgraduate course to research how the earth could be terraformed to reverse the impacts of climate change. Called The Terraforming, the interdisciplinary think tank will research ways in which the earth could be dramatically transformed in the future to return it to a […]

MIT creates battery-free sensor for deep-sea and extraterrestrial exploration

An underwater internet of things monitoring the effects of climate change or sampling waters on distant planets is the dream of a group of MIT researchers who have created a battery-free underwater sensor. The sensor is part of a communications system that avoids a key problem with underwater electronics, which is the pollution from the […]

“The rapid deterioration of Earth’s biodiversity could be reversed equally quickly if we find new ways to design our cities”

Architects must act quickly and cooperatively to change cities and make their environmental good intentions reality, says Doug Voigt, urban design and planning partner at SOM. As the alarm bells have grown louder and more insistent with each new scientific report, organisations including the RIBA and the American Institute of Architects have added their voices to […]

Architecture of Emergency summit to address industry’s “failure” to tackle climate crisis

Architects will join leading academics and campaigners to consider how the architecture industry should respond to a climate emergency at Architecture Foundation‘s upcoming summit. Curated by the Architecture Foundation’s deputy director and Dezeen columnist Phineas Harper, The Architecture of Emergency summit will take place in the main theatre of the Barbican on 19 September 2019. “Architecture […]

Goldsmiths bans beef and bottled water in move to end carbon emissions

Goldsmiths, one of the UK’s best known art and design schools, has declared a climate emergency and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025. The south-east London college, which calculates it generates 3.7 million kilograms of carbon emissions each year, today announced a series of measures aimed at helping the fight against climate change. It […]

Foster + Partners’ Marseille airport plans come under scrutiny for carbon emissions

A glazed terminal building at Marseille Provence Airport designed by Foster + Partners has come under fire from France’s environmental authorities over fears it could hinder France‘s target to be carbon-neutral by 2050. The Autorité Environnementale (AE) issued a report calling on the developer Aeroport Marseille Provence (AMP) and the French state to “demonstrate the compatibility of […]

V&A adds physical and digital objects from Extinction Rebellion group to its collection

London’s V&A museum has acquired a series of objects from Extinction Rebellion, including flags, pamphlets and digital files, that show how the global activist group has used design to galvanise public opinion. The items were acquired by the museum’s Rapid Response Collecting programme, with several of the physical objects currently on display alongside the first […]

Iceberg-making submarine aims to tackle global warming by re-freezing the Arctic

A team of designers led by Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha proposes re-freezing sea water in the Arctic to create miniature modular icebergs using a submarine-like vessel, in a bid to combat climate change. The Indonesian designer worked on the prototype with collaborators Denny Lesmana Budi and Fiera Alifa for an international competition organised by the Association […]

Digital artwork called Symbiosia depicts effect of climate change on trees in Paris

Dutch artist Thijs Biersteker collaborated with scientist Stefano Mancuso to create this installation at the Fondation Cartier that shows the real-time impact of climate change on nature in Paris. Biersteker creates interactive installations about environmental and social issues. His project with Mancuso is titled Symbiosia and seeks to promote awareness of the impact of climate […]

Vilius Vizgaudis reimagines Texan city as “capital of sustainable living”

Bartlett graduate Vilius Vizgaudis has reimagined Paris, Texas, as a sustainable city in a bid to entice president Donald Trump to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Named The Gift, the conceptual masterplan proposes transforming the city of Paris in Texas into an eco-friendly metropolis based on the “symbolic value of Paris as a world capital in climate […]

Flooded London by Squint/Opera depicts “curiously utopian” vision of the city under water

Digital design studio Squint/Opera has reissued a series of speculative visualisations depicting London in 2090 when climate change has left much of the city under water. The Flooded London series, first created in 2008, shows how citizens might adapt to catastrophic rising temperatures and sea levels. Squint/Opera has reissued its Flooded London visualisations “The world […]

Fernando Mastrangelo designs Ridge Collection to evoke mountain ranges

A rippled table and a crackled mirror feature in this new series of work by Brooklyn designer Fernando Mastrangelo. Mastrangelo has used a mix of cement, silica, hand-dyed sand, mirrors and coloured glass to create the Ridge Collection, which includes tables, stools and various wall hangings. Each is detailed with patterns and shapes intended to […]

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life encourages visitors to engage with climate change

Three decades of work by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson including an indoor rainbow and a tunnel of fog prompt visitors to London’s Tate Modern to think about their impact on the planet. Waterfall is installed outside London’s Tate Modern The exhibition brings together nearly 40 works, most of which haven’t been seen in the […]

Climate-change data turned into colourful towering totems

Designer Alicja Biała and architect Iwo Borkowicz have aimed to capture the realities of climate change with these colourful Totemy towers that serve as multi-storey data visualisations. Installed beneath MVRDV’s Bałtyk tower in Poznań, Poland, each of the six Totemy sculptures is a nine-metre-tall, geometric wooden tower. Each of the totems has been designed to communicates a […]

RIBA declares climate emergency saying it is architecture’s “biggest challenge”

The Royal Institute of British Architects has declared a state of climate emergency, committing to a five-year plan of action for climate change. The decision to formally acknowledge the role that architects have in causing climate change and alleviating it was made at a council meeting of the RIBA. “The climate emergency is the biggest challenge […]

Paris plans to go green by planting “urban forest” around architectural landmarks

Paris has unveiled plans to plant trees and gardens alongside four of its historic sites to improve the air quality and address climate change. Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has announced an “urban forest” planting scheme for the Place de l’Hotel de Ville, the Gare de Lyon, the Palais Garnier and a footpath along the […]

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