“Do we still need girls showing boobs to sell a smartphone?”

In this week’s comments update, readers are disgusted by a marketing campaign for a gold flip phone launched by Pablo Escobar’s brother.  Moral high-ground: readers have been left furious after Roberto Escobar, brother of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, used a highly sexualised campaign featuring women in their underwear to promote the launch of a […]

Partisans to turn Canadian town into “city of the future” The Orbit

Architecture studio Partisans has unveiled plans to transform a Canadian town into a smart community, combining fibre optics, autonomous vehicles and drone ports within a rural setting. The Toronto firm has developed the proposal for Innisfil, Canada, a primarily agrarian and residential town 60 kilometres north of Toronto. Called The Orbit, the proposal aims to […]

Serpentine Galleries appoints Frieze Los Angeles’s Bettina Korek as CEO

American arts administrator Bettina Korek has been appointed CEO of London’s Serpentine Galleries following Yana Peel’s resignation earlier this year. Korek, who is currently executive director of Frieze Los Angeles, will move to the UK capital to take up the position in March 2020. She succeeds Peel, who resigned in June after three years in […]

Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 banana removed from display

A banana taped to a wall by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was removed from its display at Art Basel, Miami after “several uncontrollable crowd movements”, including someone eating it. Cattelan’s piece, called Comedian, was presented by Galerie Perrotin during the Art Basel fair in Miami last week where two of its three editions sold to […]

“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 […]

LOHA designs affordable housing complex for difficult site in Los Angeles

American firm LOHA has unveiled plans for an affordable housing complex in Los Angeles, comprising stacks of shipping containers arranged on a triangular site near a busy highway interchange. The complex, called Isla Intersections, is slated to be built on a three-sided parcel that is just under a half-acre. Located in South LA, the property […]

“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 […]

Classic Blue is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020

American colour company Pantone has chosen “universal favourite” Classic Blue, or Pantone 19-4052, as its colour of the year for 2020. Announced 4 December, the Classic Blue colour is described by Pantone as “a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection”. “Associated with the return of another day, this universal favourite is comfortably embraced,” it […]

Heatherwick Studio unveils glass lobby joining High Line condos Lantern House

British practice Heatherwick Studio has designed a glass lobby to link its High Line-straddling condo towers with a scooped roof that “barely touches” the park above. Thomas Heatherwick’s studio unveiled the Lobby Pavilion today, to follow the release of new renderings and the project’s name Lantern House earlier this year. The structure will link the two […]

Tod Williams Billie Tsien teams with Diamond Schmitt for redesign of New York Philharmonic concert hall

Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt Architects and American architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have revealed plans to redesign the David Geffen Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center, two years after Heatherwick Studio’s overhaul was scrapped. The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic announced yesterday, 2 December, that David Geffen Hall will be renovated […]

“The Lego version is better looking and far more practical”

In this week’s comments update, readers are impressed with Lego’s take on the Cybertruck, but skeptical about a chair made from a cardboard box. Bricking it: commenters are divided over Lego’s take on Elon Musk’s Tesla Cybertruck, which the toy brand made to mock the blocky design of the electric pickup truck. “Say what you […]

Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House in coastal Florida goes up for auction

A red “cannonball” pulley system is among the distinctive features of a 1950s beach house by American architect Paul Rudolph that will be auctioned off next week by Sotheby’s. The Walker Guest House is a highlight of a design auction held twice yearly by Sotheby‘s, which is headquartered in New York. During the Important Design […]

New York City buildings to receive “energy efficiency grade” in 2020

New York City has introduced a bill that will rank and grade large buildings according to their energy efficiency standards. The Local Law 95 implemented by the New York Department of Buildings will require structures that are 25,000 square feet (2,322 square metres) and over to report publicly on their data energy and water use. […]

Dezeen named Editorial Brand of the Year

Dezeen has been named Editorial Brand of the Year at the International Building Press Awards 2019 for its “well-planned and original content”. The trophy now has pride of place amongst our other cups. Judges praised Dezeen for the quality of our content and drew particular attention to our Bauhaus 100 series, which celebrated the 100th […]

Crystal Palace was “birth of modern architecture” says Norman Foster

British architect Norman Foster has revealed that if he could visit any building from history, it would be Crystal Palace, which he cites as a major influence on high-tech architecture. Speaking to Dezeen during an interview for our high-tech architecture series, Foster explained that the modular iron and glass building designed by Joseph Paxton would […]

Lego mocks Tesla with “guaranteed shatterproof” brick model of Cybertruck

Toy company Lego has reacted to the launch of Tesla’s Cybertruck be sharing a picture of a car made from a single plastic brick. The Danish toy brand made the simple model car to mock the blocky Cybertruck electric pickup truck, which was unveiled by Elon Musk last week. Lego posted the picture of the car made from a single, blue […]

Wolfgang Rieder appointed Loeb Fellow at Harvard University

Dezeen promotion: Wolfgang Rieder, owner of the Rieder Group, has become the first design entrepreneur to be granted a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University. As one of the Loeb Fellows, the Austrian-based owner of the Rieder Group will spend the 2019/2020 semester at Harvard University in Cambridge devoting himself to topics including climate protection and […]

Snøhetta aims to make all its buildings carbon negative within 20 years

Norwegian architect Snøhetta has pledged to only design carbon-negative buildings, meaning their projects will generate more energy than they consume over their lifetime. The firm plans to make the shift over the next twenty years. Snøhetta co-founder Kjetil Thorsen said the firm was making the move because the need to respond to climate change “feels […]

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