This week, pictures were revealed of two major soon-to-open projects by Zaha Hadid Architects

This week on Dezeen, 360-degree images of the interior of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Beijing Daxing International Airport were revealed, and the firm’s Opus hotel in Dubai was shown nearing completion. Chinese media organisation CGTN unveiled 360-degree photography of the inside of Zaha Hadid Architects’ airport terminal building in Beijing this week, which is set to […]

Filtration Skyscrapers in the oceans could “solve environmental and energy problems” around the world

Architectural designer and visualiser Honglin Li has proposed deploying floating high-rise waste-to-energy plants fuelled by plastic waste to clean up the oceans while generating electricity. The sci-fi proposal, called Filtration Skyscraper, imagines placing unmanned towers on abandoned oil rigs in parts of the oceans where plastic waste accumulates. Sophisticated machinery in the conceptual towers would […]

London bandstand where David Bowie played given listed status

An ironwork bandstand in south London where David Bowie organised and performed at a festival 50 years ago has been given Grade II-listed status. The bandstand in Beckenham was the centrepiece of a free 1969 music festival organised by Bowie in the spirit of Woodstock. It took place on Croydon Recreation Ground, where the bandstand sits, […]

“The battle is over” says Amin Taha as 15 Clerkenwell Close is saved from demolition

Architect Amin Taha has won his appeal against Islington Council, which had ordered the demolition of the RIBA award-winning 15 Clerkenwell Close. A report from the planning office released today revealed that 15 Clerkenwell Close has been given planning permission because it “accords with the generality of what had previously been approved”. Taha’s practice Groupwork […]

Architecture of Emergency summit to address industry’s “failure” to tackle climate crisis

Architects will join leading academics and campaigners to consider how the architecture industry should respond to a climate emergency at Architecture Foundation‘s upcoming summit. Curated by the Architecture Foundation’s deputy director and Dezeen columnist Phineas Harper, The Architecture of Emergency summit will take place in the main theatre of the Barbican on 19 September 2019. “Architecture […]

London’s King’s Cross uses facial recognition to track visitors

King’s Cross in London is using facial recognition technology to surveil the tens of thousands of visitors that frequent the site each day, and Canary Wharf is “considering” following suit. According to a spokesperson for the privately owned area around King’s Cross station, the 67-acre site in central London is using the technology “in the […]

Henning Larsen Architects awarded European Prize for Architecture 2019

Danish architecture studio Henning Larsen Architects has been named as this year’s laureate of the European Prize for Architecture. Established in 2010, the European Prize for Architecture is awarded annually to the European architects perceived to have advanced “the principles of European humanism and the art of architecture”. Henning Larsen Architects is the eponymous studio […]

Elbow Shadow bridge in Serbia by ARCVS will double as an office and hotel

ARCVS has revealed visuals of a two-storey bridge in Novi Sad, Serbia, which will span the River Danube and include a hotel and office building. Named the Elbow Shadow, the 200-metre-long structure is designed by ARCVS as a multifunctional gateway for pedestrians and cyclists between the city’s late-17th-century Petrovaradin Fortress and its port. It will […]

“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 […]

Opus hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects nears completion in Dubai

The Opus hotel in Dubai by Zaha Hadid Architects, formed of conjoined towers with a irregular void in the middle, is almost ready to open for guests. Set in the Burj Khalifa district, the Opus will be Dubai’s only building which has both the interior and exterior designed by the late Zaha Hadid, who founded […]

Design Can aims to disrupt UK’s “privileged” design industry

The UK design industry “isn’t representative of the society it serves” say the founders of Design Can, a new tool aimed at increasing diversity that launched yesterday. The online resource and campaign offers practical ways to address the lack of diversity in the design industry, as well as a manifesto for change. “At present, the […]

Goldsmiths bans beef and bottled water in move to end carbon emissions

Goldsmiths, one of the UK’s best known art and design schools, has declared a climate emergency and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025. The south-east London college, which calculates it generates 3.7 million kilograms of carbon emissions each year, today announced a series of measures aimed at helping the fight against climate change. It […]

Bottle recycling scheme in Rome exchanges plastic waste for metro rides

Rome is trialling a scheme where people can recycle plastic bottles in return for free rides on the city’s public transport system. Called + Ricicli + Viaggi, or + Recycle + Travel, the recycling scheme accepts PET plastic bottles which are collected and sent for processing. Machines at three metro stations in the city exchange […]

Dezeen Day will tackle five critical issues facing architecture and design

The inaugural Dezeen Day conference in London on 30 October 2019 will address the future of cities, materials and education, as well as the circular economy and how to build a successful creative business. The five themes have been selected by Dezeen’s editorial team for their relevance and importance. Expert panels will discuss each topic, […]

This week, housing projects by Kanye West and Stefano Boeri were revealed

This week on Dezeen, new photos offered a first look at Kanye West’s homeless housing and Stefano Boeri unveiled his designs for vertical-forest apartments in Egypt. A set of incomplete wooden domes were photographed at West’s property in California this week, which are believed to be prototypes of Yeezy Home units – the hip-hop artist’s […]

Helter skelter installed in Norwich Cathedral so visitors can admire its architecture up close

Norwich Cathedral in England has hired a helter skelter so visitors can get a better view of its ornamented roof before sliding down. The 16.7-metre-high fairground ride has been positioned in the nave so that its 12-metre-high viewing platform offers a good view of the medieval cathedral’s vaulted roof. Once they have seen the ceiling, […]

Morphosis unveils Korean American National Museum for Los Angeles

Architecture firm Morphosis has unveiled its design for a sculptural, plant-covered museum in Los Angeles dedicated to the cultural heritage of Koreans living in America. The Korean American National Museum will be built on the corner of 6th Street and Vermont Avenue in the city’s Koreatown, and focus on preserving, studying and presenting Korean-American culture. […]

Parents should “should start thinking about a bulletproof backpack” following latest mass shootings

Children going to school or public places should be given bulletproof backpacks, the CEO of self-defence brand Guard Dog has told Dezeen. Yasir Sheikh said parents should consider buying the products in the wake of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton last week, in which a total of 31 people died. “We don’t necessarily […]

Samsung launches Galaxy Note10 to offer better experience for video editors and designers

Samsung has unveiled the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone series featuring an updated slim, cinematic form and stylus pen better suited to creating and editing content. Revealed today at the Galaxy Unpacked event in New York City, the Samsung smartphone is the narrowest version of the Galaxy Note series. Samsung has launched two different […]

Photos reveal first glimpse of Kanye West’s domed housing for the homeless

The first images of Kanye West’s prototype housing for the homeless have been revealed, as the musician faces an order to tear down the structures following complaints over construction noise. One photo, captured by tabloid news site TMZ, shows a series of incomplete structures at West’s sprawling home in Calabasas Hills, California. Another aerial shot, published by […]

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