Designers of Björk’s Cornucopia show “ignored the concert rule book”

Icelandic singer Björk worked with creatives from the theatre world who tore up the rule book to create a “delicate” set for her Cornucopia tour. Björk has been touring her Cornucopia show in North America and Europe since May this year. It kicked off at The Shed in New York designed by Diller Scofidio + […]

Architects must plan for “armageddon situations” says Snøhetta’s Kjetil Trædal Thorsen

Climate change is likely to devastate our planet, says Snøhetta co-founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. In the second part of an exclusive interview, he tells Dezeen it is “absolutely possible” to create fully CO2 negative buildings. Snøhetta is a pioneer of eco-friendly architecture, with projects including Powerhouse Brattørkaia, which produces twice as much energy as it […]

Merging architecture and landscape “came very naturally” to Snøhetta says co-founder

Snøhetta celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. In the first part of an exclusive interview with Dezeen, co-founder Kjetil Trædal Thorsen explains that the firm’s ultimate aim has always been to make buildings for the betterment of society. Thorsen and partner Craig Dykers founded Snøhetta in 1989, after winning the competition for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. At […]

“There’s something very inspiring happening again in Israel,” says architect Asaf Mann

Israel‘s architecture scene is thriving, according to architect Asaf Mann, who likens it to the Bauhaus boom in Tel Aviv during the 1930s and 1940s. New public buildings, infrastructure developments and talented young local architects are contributing to the creative boom said Mann, who is a principal architect at his father’s practice Amir Mann-Ami Shinar […]

“I thought about the immigrants because I’m one of those immigrants,” says Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind’s Swarovski star tops the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree for a second year. In this interview with Dezeen, the architect says the design, like much of his work, is strongly influenced by his experience as an immigrant. Libeskind designed the crystal-filled topper for the Christmas tree, which is erected each year in the Rockefeller […]

“We banned renders” from the design process says Tatiana Bilbao

Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao refuses to produce computer visualisations of designs still in progress. She says that making collages helps her to develop more exciting buildings. Bilbao‘s work is currently on show at the Louisiana Museum in Denmark. The exhibition doesn’t contain any computer renderings; instead designs for projects such as Casa Ajijic and Vivienda Popular are […]

Solange directs Getty Center performance to be “extension of Richard Meier’s architecture”

Musician, Solange, has sent us behind-the-scenes photos of the performance she directed at the Richard Meier-designed Getty Center in Los Angeles. In this interview she tells Dezeen why she’s targeted major art museums with her music. The Grammy Award-winning musician teamed with performance-art company Gerard & Kelly to produce Bridge-s at the Getty Museum campus, […]

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 […]

“We are totally kicked out” from working in Tokyo, says Atelier Bow-Wow

Major development spurred on by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has greatly reduced opportunities for smaller architecture studios in the city, according to Atelier Bow-Wow. The upcoming Olympic Games has provided few opportunities for local designers and development related to the event has forced many smaller studios to look for work outside the city said Atelier […]

Mikhail Riches will “aim for zero carbon” in all projects after Stirling Prize win

Stirling Prize-winner Mikhail Riches will only work on zero-carbon projects from now on, the studio told Dezeen. Co-founder Annalie Riches said the practice was committed to improving the environmental performance of its projects, after winning the UK’s top architecture prize for the low-energy Goldsmith Street development. “As a practice, we don’t want to do anything […]

“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 […]

“I’m interested in giving science fiction an overdue sex change” says Lucy McRae

The future is fleshy, according to Lucy McRae. As a new exhibition of her work opens at NGV in Melbourne, the designer explains why she believes the human body holds the key to the development of technology. Lucy McRae: Body Architect, on show at NGV Australia, is the first career retrospective for the Los Angeles-based, […]

“It is time for something new” in Danish design says Maria Bruun

A new generation of Danish designers is helping the country move on from midcentury modern, according to Copenhagen-based designer Maria Bruun. Bruun says that, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the Danish design market became very focused on the work of modernist masters like Arne Jacobsen or Verner Panton, as these were seen as […]

“We’re looking at a change of our total business” says IKEA sustainability chief Lena Pripp-Kovac

IKEA has committed to becoming a circular business by 2030, by eliminating waste and reusing resources. A year into the project, sustainability head Lena Pripp-Kovac tells Dezeen how they’re getting on. The Swedish furniture giant announced last year that it plans to make all its products according to circular principles by 2030, meaning that they […]

Visiting space will be “just like going on a cruise” says space hotel architect

The first commercial space hotel will be more like a cruise ship than Stanley Kubrick’s sleek space station from 2001, says Tim Alatorre, senior design architect of the Von Braun Space Station. The Gateway Foundation is designing the world’s first space hotel – the Von Braun Space Station – with the aim of making visiting space accessible […]

Buildings in LA are torn down and rebuilt as fast as movie sets, says Tarantino’s production designer

Major high-rise developments are razing the architectural past of Los Angeles at a rapid rate, says the production designer behind the 1960s sets of Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Production designer Barbara Ling said that creating the sets for the summer blockbuster highlighted the fast pace of development in the city. “Los […]

“I don’t want to be seen as the guy that just slaps a bit of colour on” says Yinka Ilori

Yinka Ilori‘s bold, colourful style can be seen all over London this summer, but the designer tells Dezeen there’s a lot more to him than bright graphics. London-based Ilori, 32, made a name for himself with his characterful chairs, which he creates by upcycling various pieces of unwanted old furniture, and adding colours and textiles […]

Approved, Not Approved campaign fights “singular narrative” in advertising

Sex-toy designers Polly Rodriguez and Alexandra Fine have launched a campaign to raise awareness about the bias selection process of adverts, which “plagues” female-focused sexual wellness companies. The Approved Not Approved campaign and online quiz aims to help the public understand how ad guidelines are “selectively enforced” when it comes to sex-related content – particularly […]

“I don’t believe we’re going to clean up the oceans” says Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch

Eliminating plastic from the seas is not possible and instead new materials need to be developed to replace plastic, according to the founder of Parley for the Oceans. Cyrill Gutsch, who founded the organisation to tackle ocean pollution, made the claim in an exclusive interview with Dezeen. “To be very honest, I don’t believe that […]

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