“Plebiscites shouldn’t be able to own their own homes”

In this week’s comments update, readers disagree with Vivienne Westwood that there should be a ban on private land ownership. Fashion killer: in light of the climate crisis “we haven’t got time to talk about fashion”, says British designer Vivienne Westwood. Instead, she is calling for a ban on private land ownership, much to the […]

“What a self-centred bridge”

In this week’s comments update, readers are debating whether The Twist art gallery by BIG is silly or sophisticated. Over the top: readers are divided over The Twist art gallery by BIG, which twirls “like a deck of cards” and bridges the river dividing Kistefos sculpture park in Norway. “It’s maybe one of the best things BIG […]

“A perfect place for a person with lots to think about”

This week, commenters are debating if John Pawson has taken minimalism too far in an apartment interior and think designers’ role in improving safety needs defining. Paws off: while readers are positive about both John Pawson and the Barbican estate, their comments on this pared-back apartment suggest they are unsure whether the two mix. “This crossover […]

“No way am I going to wear boat shoes in space”

In this week’s comments update, readers are struggling to take comparisons between the first space hotel and cruise ships seriously. Out of this world: senior design architect of the Von Braun Space Station Tim Alatorre’s has claimed the first commercial space hotel will be similar to a cruise ship, but readers aren’t convinced it will […]

“Sort of like a high-maintenance partner”

In this week’s comments update, readers are amused by the care instructions accompanying Apple’s new credit card. Credit where credit’s due: Apple’s new credit card launched in the US this week, along with advice to keep it in a soft bag and clean it with a microfibre cloth ― recommendations some readers do not plan […]

“What next? A yacht to the UN covered in pot plants”

In this week’s comments update, readers are unsure if MVRDV’s plan to cover the walls of a Dutch housing development in potted plants is wise. Shelf the idea: readers aren’t convinced by architecture practice MVRDV’s designs for a residential development in the Netherlands, featuring green walls formed of shelves of plants. “A zillion pots rimming […]

“How about gun control legislation instead?”

In this week’s comments update, readers are saddened after self-defence brand Guard Dog suggested that children should start wearing bulletproof backpacks. Back to school: readers are alarmed after the CEO of self-defence brand Guard Dog told Dezeen that children going to school or public places should be given bulletproof backpacks. “Such an excellent idea,” said […]

“We need more of this and less venom”

In this week’s comments update, readers are touched by Rael San Fratello’s idea to install seesaws on the US-Mexico border wall. Ups and downs: readers are delighted after architectural studio Rael San Fratello installed seesaws on the US-Mexico border wall so children on either side can play together. “Simply wonderful,” said il Davide. “We need […]

“The hypocrisy is astonishing”

In this week’s comments update, readers are debating whether a chair designed to prevent “manspreading” provokes healthy discussion or encourages gender discrimination. Ballsy move: Brighton University graduate Laila Laurel has caused uproar with her design for a tongue-in-cheek chair that aims to offer a solution to “manspreading”. “How about we have an anti-womanspreading chair,” suggested Dave. […]

“Seriously consider whether architecture is worth it”

In this week’s comments update, readers are questioning whether architecture students are under too much pressure after revelations from some that they have felt suicidal. Working nine to five: Dezeen readers who participated in a social-media discussion about design education have divided commenters by claiming that the demands placed on architecture students is leading to […]

“Schumacher is so spot on”

In this week’s comments update, readers are debating Patrik Schumacher’s suggestion that architecture teachers use students to advance their own agendas rather than teach skills for the real world. Agenda setting: readers are divided over Patrik Schumacher’s claims that architecture schools are disconnected from the real world. “For the first time ever I agree with […]

“Like mopping a floor while the tap is still running”

In this week’s comments update, readers are in disagreement over Christine Murray’s statement that designers have a responsibility to help prevent a myriad of issues facing society. Crisis averted: Christine Murray says “designers may not be able to save the world by themselves, however they must help avert societal problems and the looming climate crisis,” […]

“Killing the job of a designer”

In this week’s comments update, readers are wondering whether a new design tool for “drawing” floor plans will make architects redundant. Tools down: readers are divided over a parametric design tool called Finch, which architecture studio Wallgren Arkitekter and Swedish construction company BOX Bygg have created to generate floor plans adapted to the constraints of […]

“Seems like the emperor’s new clothes to me”

In this week’s comments update, readers are debating whether a fashion student who deliberately failed to present a collection at her graduate show deserves to pass. Fashion killer: readers are divided over Royal College of Art fashion student Laura Kraup Frandsen’s refusal to present a physical collection at her graduate show. She instead staged a […]

“Another to join the long list of doomsdayers”

In this week’s comments update, readers are debating Jack Self’s statement that humans are “unlikely to survive this century” without radical changes to housing. Crisis averted: designing a new housing model for the masses is the most urgent task facing architects today says Self, but not everyone feels the same. “Just what we need,” said […]

“He changed the rules, whether you like him or not”

In this week’s comments update, readers disagreed with Bjarke Ingels’ claim that BIG buildings don’t have a recognisable style. Mistaken identity: in the latest episode of podcast Time Sensitive, BIG founder Ingels says he is proud that his studios building’s don’t have an identifiable style, but not everyone agrees they don’t.   “This young man is deluded,” said EMO […]

“It looks like a Beluga whale’s fanny”

In this week’s comments update, readers are poking fun at the Zaha Hadid-designed stadium in Qatar, which will host matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Genital resemblance: readers think the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, designed by Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher, looks like a vagina. “It looks like a Beluga whale’s fanny,” joked Terry. […]

“This is a very serious proposition for Notre-Dame”

In this week’s comments update, readers are seriously considering a proposal from Miysis Studio for the rebuild of Notre-Dame Cathedral. (In)decent proposal: Miysis Studio’s suggestion to combine a reconstruction of Notre-Dame’s spire with a modern glazed roof has received mixed reviews.   “This is a very serious proposition for Notre-Dame,” praised Geoffrey Charlier De Winter. “It maintains the form and spirit […]

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