2020 RIBA International Prize grand jury announced

Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang and Rossana Hu, co-founder of Neri&Hu, have joined jury chair Odile Decq on the grand jury of the 2020 RIBA International Prize. Gustavo Utrabo, who won the 2018 RIBA International Prize and Emerging Architect Prize, is also on the jury for the awards programme, for which Dezeen is a media […]

“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 […]

London Assembly calls on architects to design for a circular economy

The UK‘s London Assembly has published a primer calling on property developers and architects to design for a circular economy, with ideas such as rental furnishing and using blockchain technology. Called Design for a Circular Economy, the document was published yesterday with a call to action for London‘s architects, along with a guide to the […]

Architect, critic and Maggie’s Centres co-founder Charles Jencks dies at 80

Charles Jencks, architecture historian, landscape architect and director of Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres has passed away at the age of 80. Jencks is widely regarded as the leading thinker on Postmodernism in architecture, which he defined with his seminal book, The Language of Post-Modern Architecture. He died yesterday at his home in London, the Maggie’s […]

“Goldsmith Street offers a roadmap for precisely the type of housing the UK needs”

At a time when everything in the UK looks bleak, an environmentally conscious social housing scheme winning the Stirling Prize is a rare moment of hope, writes Piers Taylor. Most people inside and outside the United Kingdom will know that it’s a pretty rubbish place to live at the moment. The country is in turmoil, and completely divided. […]

Virgil Abloh reveals full IKEA collection ahead of US launch next month

Millennials will soon be able to furnish their homes with the emblazoned rugs and bedding in IKEA’s long-awaited collection by fashion designer Virgil Abloh, which will be available for sale in the US next month. Abloh‘s range called Markerad, which is aimed at students and young people moving into their first homes, will be available […]

Architects celebrate Goldsmith Street’s “game changing” Stirling Prize win

Architects, critics and politicians are taking to twitter to celebrate Goldsmith Street becoming the first ever social housing scheme to win the RIBA Stirling Prize. Mikhail Riches and Cathy Hawly’s high-density Passivhaus scheme was awarded the UK’s biggest architecture award last night, becoming the first social housing scheme to win the award. It has been widely […]

Three weeks to go until Dezeen Day – buy your tickets now!

Have you got your tickets for Dezeen Day yet? With just three weeks to go, here is a recap of what’s happening at our architecture and design conference in London on 30 October plus a list of reasons why you need to attend. Dezeen Day will set the agenda for architecture and design. With high-profile […]

Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black to leave the Design Museum

Design Museum co-directors Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black are leaving their posts at the London museum. A successor has been lined up and is expected to be named on Monday, Dezeen understands. Sudjic and Black will step down in January 2020 after working together for 12 years, with Sudjic becoming director emeritus. The museum appointed […]

Rachel Armstrong to speak about living architecture at Dezeen Day

Rachel Armstrong, professor of experimental architecture at Newcastle University, will speak about cities of the future at Dezeen Day on 30 October. Armstrong is a pioneer of living architecture, an approach that explores how buildings can have some of the properties of natural systems. A professor at Newcastle University’s school of architecture, planning and landscape, […]

Microsoft unveils dual-screen folding Android smartphone

Microsoft has revealed the design of the Surface Duo, a dual-screen Android folding phone, which can be opened down the middle like a book. Two 14.2 centimetre displays can be unfolded to create a small tablet device, which uses Google’s Android instead of Microsoft Windows. The Microsoft Surface Duo has two folding screens Both screens […]

This week, Hudson Yards was turned into sex toys and Banksy set up shop

This week on Dezeen, Wolfgang & Hite designed pink architectural sex toys to comment on New York’s Hudson Yards development, and Banksy launched his own merchandise to keep custody of his name. Design studio Wolfgang & Hite created a series of silicone sex toys based on the design of numerous buildings in the Hudson Yards […]

Tim Marlow appointed director and first CEO of the Design Museum

Tim Marlow has been named the next director and first chief executive of the Design Museum in London, after co-directors Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black announced their departure last week. He will take on the role as of January 2020, leaving his current position as artistic director at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA). Until now the […]

Grafton Architects wins 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, co-founders of Grafton Architects, are the first all-woman pair to be awarded the 2020 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. They are the fourth and fifth female architects to have won the prestigious award in a partnership. There has still only been one woman – Zaha Hadid – named sole […]

Banksy launches range of branded merchandise to maintain custody of his name

Graffiti artist Banksy has launched his own merchandise line, with items on sale for as little as £10, to protect his brand against a greeting-card company that is trying to “seize legal custody” of his name. Banksy unveiled a pop-up-shop installation, named Gross Domestic Product, in Croydon, UK, to announce the launch of the merchandise range. According to […]

Emerging London studio Gruff Architects wins award for best architect’s website

UNStudio, Zaha Hadid Architects, White Arkitekter and Gruff Architects, were named among the winners of the Archiboo Web Awards 2019, which spotlight the best websites belonging to architects and architecture companies. Gruff Architects picked up the award for best overall website, with judges praising the emerging studio “for using the website to make the practice […]

SCI-Arc awards Frank Gehry honorary masters degree in architecture

Los Angeles university SCI-Arc has granted Frank Gehry an honorary masters degree in recognition of his “unparalleled” impact on architecture. The 90-year-old architect was awarded the masters of architecture degree at a graduation ceremony held at SCI-Arc‘s campus in Los Angeles on 8 September. After receiving his masters diploma, Gehry gave a speech reflecting on […]

BIG teams up with Robert De Niro for Wildflower Film Studio in New York

BIG has revealed plans to create an angular building that will be a “one-of-a-kind vertical village for film” in New York City’s Queens borough. The architecture firm has designed the 650,000 square foot (60,386 square metres) film, television and creative studio for Queens’ Astoria neighbourhood. New York developers Wildflower Development Group enlisted BIG’s founder Bjarke […]

MIT creates blackest black that is darker than Vantablack

MIT engineers have created a blackest black coating from carbon nanotubes that is reportedly 10 times darker than any material created before, including Vantablack. The coating, which is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNT) grown on chlorine-etched aluminium foil, can absorb 99.995 percent of visible light. “Our material is 10 times blacker than anything that’s […]

“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 […]

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