“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 […]

“Quasimodo will be very disappointed”

In this week’s comments update, readers are angered by designs proposed to replace Notre-Dame Cathedral’s destroyed spire.  In with the old: since the fire devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral designers have been offering alternative proposals to replace its spire, but they haven’t all been well received. “Quasimodo will be very disappointed,” said Chris. “Why not repair the damage and replace […]

“Lovely tiny home, even lovelier little dog”

In this week’s comments update, readers aren’t sure about the interior design of an apartment in Madrid, but have fallen for the dog who lives there. Dog house: a Madrid apartment that’s lined with plywood and has a series of cotton hemispheres for the owner’s bulldog to rest on, has received mixed reviews. “It mostly seems […]

“Even if it is rebuilt, it will not be the same”

In this week’s comments update, readers grieve over the damage to Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, following a huge fire believed to be linked to renovation work. To rebuild or not to rebuild: readers have been debating the best plan of action after the gothic cathedral was engulfed by flames last night. “One stupid person (a worker) ignited […]

“Students really need to get over themselves”

In this week’s comments update, readers are debating the value of internships compared to paid architecture courses after Karim Rashid said young designers can learn more working at a studio. Student union: in response to Dezeen’s recent articles about unpaid internships, Karim Rashid has defended the practice saying young designers can learn more working at a studio than […]

“No interns should work unpaid”

In this week’s comments update, readers are split over unpaid internships, with some labelling them as detrimental to the industry and others defending them as a vital part of young architects’ training. Problem of free will: news that this year’s Serpentine Pavilion designer Junya Ishigami offers unpaid internships did not go down well in some quarters. “Ishigami […]

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