This week, the Don’t Move, Improve! 2020 shortlist was announced

This week on Dezeen, London’s best new home extensions and renovations were revealed in the shortlist for this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! competition. There are 25 home-improvement projects in the running to win Don’t Move, Improve! 2020 – the 10th edition of the annual awards programme that celebrates residential design in the UK capital. Projects […]

Bjarke Ingels meets Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro to “change the face of tourism in Brazil”

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has met Brazil‘s president Jair Bolsonaro as part of a visit to investigate developing a tourism masterplan for the northeast region of the country. Bolsonaro met Ingels, described as “the most important architect of today”, earlier this week as part of a trip with investors from Mexican company Nômade Group. “The President […]

Akon finalises deal to create his own cryptocurrency city in Senegal

Senegalese-American singer Akon says he has signed an agreement with the government of Senegal to build a city with a cryptocurrency-based economy named Akon City. “Just finalized the agreement for Akon City in Senegal,” Akon tweeted earlier this week. “Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.” The singer initially announced plans to create a city in […]

Loyn & Co reveals proposal for carbon neutral neighbourhood in Wales

Loyn & Co has unveiled its design for Parc Hadau, a net-zero-carbon housing scheme in Wales that will be built from timber and powered by renewable energy. Developed by Loyn & Co and landscape architects Farrer Huxley for Sero Homes, the Parc Hadau neighbourhood will comprise 35 eco-friendly dwellings on a scrubland site in Pontardawe. […]

Cristina Iglesias wins 2020 Royal Academy Architecture Prize

London’s Royal Academy of Arts has named Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias the winner of its 2020 architecture prize for her urban sculptures in public spaces. This is the third year the 2020 Royal Academy Architecture Prize has been awarded. Previous winners are Diller Scofidio + Renfro founders Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, and Japanese architect […]

Don’t Move, Improve! 2020 shortlist names London’s best new house extensions

An experimental brick extension, a house with fir-lined reading nooks and an apartment covered in 30,000 wooden blocks are three of the projects vying to be named London’s best home improvement of 2020. There are 25 projects shortlisted to win this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! contest – an annual awards programme held by New London Architecture […]

New York governor Cuomo unveils revitalisation plan for Erie Canal

New York governor Andrew Cuomo and UK firm Buro Happold have revealed a masterplan to overhaul the state’s Erie Canal with public parks, residential areas and commercial hubs. The Reimagine the Canals Task Force Plan, unveiled this week at Cuomo’s annual State of the State address, is a $300 million (£230 million) proposal to revitalise the […]

Xenobots are living robots made from frog cells that can heal themselves

A team of scientists at Tufts University in the US have created xenobots, tiny robots made from frog skin and heart cells that can walk, work together and heal themselves. Algorithms define the configurations of frog cells, which are then constructed by humans to create a living robot that the scientists have called a xenobot, […]

“Good to see apocalypse survivors will have massive resources to spend on housing”

In this week’s comments update, readers are mocking designs for the Cyberhouse, a property based on Tesla’s Cybertruck and created for apocalypse survivors. House of horrors: Russian studio Modern House Architecture & Design has taken inspiration from Tesla’s Cybertruck to create the Cyberhouse for a group of apocalypse survivors, and readers aren’t impressed. “Clunky, unnecessarily […]

Dezeen Events Guide lists the key architecture and design events around the world

Dezeen has launched Dezeen Events Guide, a new listings guide covering the leading design-related events taking place around the world this year. The guide, which can be found at, lists over 100 events for 2020, including conferences, trade fairs, major exhibitions and design weeks. It includes events in 30 countries. Key events for 2020, […]

Brutalist Marcel Breuer building in Connecticut sold to become hotel

IKEA has sold a brutalist tower by Marcel Breuer in Connecticut to a local architect and developer, who plans to turn it into a zero net energy boutique. Connecticut developer and architect Bruce Becker, who runs Becker and Becker, purchased the Pirelli Tire Building in New Haven from the Swedish furniture giant for $1.2 million […]

Philosopher and architecture writer Roger Scruton dies aged 75

Roger Scruton, the British conservative thinker, author and architecture critic, who was co-chair of Building Better, Building Beautiful, has passed away at the age of 75. Scruton, who died after a short battle with cancer, was a controversial figure throughout his career as a right-wing philosopher. Author of The Aesthetics of Architecture and The Classical Vernacular: […]

IKEA to give $46 million pay-out to family of toddler killed by recalled dresser

IKEA is set to pay $46 million (£35 million) to the parents of a two-year-old, who died after one of the furniture brand’s freestanding Malm dressers toppled onto him. A lawsuit, brought by the Dudek family after their son’s death in May 2017, alleged that IKEA had not taken adequate measures to alert customers about […]

This week, carmakers envisioned the future of transport at CES

This week on Dezeen, automotive giants took their futuristic concept cars for a spin at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Mercedes-Benz took the sci-fi route, unveiling a vehicle inspired by the world of James Cameron’s Avatar movie, in which nature and technology co-exist in harmony. Made to resemble a living creature, the Vision AVTR […]

Snøhetta gets go ahead for public garden at Phillip Johnson’s AT&T building

Snøhetta has been granted planning permission for an indoor garden at New York’s 550 Madison, which forms part of its overhaul of the postmodern tower. Snøhetta‘s proposal for the indoor public garden on the ground floor of the 37-storey office building was approved by the New York City Planning Commission this week. The garden is […]

Foster + Partners reveals visuals for gridded Alibaba Shanghai headquarters

Foster + Partners has unveiled a proposal for Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba‘s headquarters in Shanghai that will be built within a giant grid. Alibaba Shanghai will be manufactured off-site before being built on Xuhui Riverside, where it will overlook the Huangpu River and Pudong Central Business District. Foster + Partners designed the Alibaba headquarters alongside a giant […]

BIG and WXY unveils “playful” transformation of Downtown Brooklyn

Architecture firms BIG and WXY have unveiled a masterplan for Downtown Brooklyn that aims to improve the area’s pedestrian experience with playful furniture, expanded sidewalks and improved crossings. Non-profit organisation Downtown Brooklyn Partnership commissioned BIG and WXY Architects to redevelop the 370-acre (149-hectare) Downtown Brooklyn public realm, an area of the Brooklyn borough that has […]

Construction to restart on Calatrava’s Greek Orthodox Church at World Trade Center site

Work is set to start again on Santiago Calatrava‘s Greek Orthodox church in Downtown Manhattan, over two years after it was halted because the archdiocese failed to pay construction fees. New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that construction would resume soon on the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade […]

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