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Maya Lin designs oculus water fountain for the Obama Presidential Center

August 8, 2022 Alice Finney 0
A rendering of a round water fountain in a garden

American artist Maya Lin has revealed a design for a spherical water fountain that will be installed in the Obama Presidential Center, a cultural complex in Chicago celebrating Barack Obama’s presidency. Called Seeing Through the Universe, the site-specific artwork is set to be the focal point of the Ann Dunham Water Garden, a garden named

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Berlin set to build car-free housing and technology district on former Tegel Airport

August 3, 2022 Alice Finney 0
An aerial view of a rendering of Projekt Tegel

Construction is set to begin on the redevelopment of Berlin’s former Tegel Airport into a technological research hub, residential district and nature reserve in the northwest of the city. Named Berlin TXL – the Urban Tech Republic (Berlin TXL), the development will include a research park, landscaped area and Schumacher Quartier – a car-free residential

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Muyiwa Oki elected first Black president of the RIBA

August 2, 2022 Alice Finney 0
Muyiwa Oki portrait

Architect Muyiwa Oki has been elected to become the next president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Oki will serve as RIBA president from 1 September 2022 until September 2025 and will take over from the current president Simon Allford. He will become the institution’s first Black president and its youngest. The architect, who is currently employed

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Ugandan architect Doreen Adengo dies aged 45

July 29, 2022 Alice Finney 0
Doreen Adengo headshot

Doreen Adengo, founder of Ugandan architecture firm Adengo Architecture, has passed away following a long-term illness at the age of 45. Adengo, who founded her studio Adengo Architecture in 2005, died on 22 July. Her best-known projects include a cluster of single-storey buildings called Bujuuko Schools and the L-Building, a mixed-use building in central Uganda. “Pillar of the

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Oak furniture and parquet flooring feature in Scandi-style Asket office

July 25, 2022 Alice Finney 0
The interiors of Asket's office

Swedish studio Atelier Paul Vaugoyeau worked closely with fashion label Asket to design its minimalist office in Stockholm, which features oak wood tables, parquet floors and soft white furnishings. Atelier Paul Vaugoyeau has transformed a 450-square-metre space on a high street in Södermalm into an office and workshop for fashion retailer Asket. The single-story space,

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Philippe Starck draws on mid-century modernism for Saint-Tropez hotel

July 22, 2022 Alice Finney 0
The exterior of Villa W in the countryside

French architect and designer Philippe Starck used warm tones and modernist references in his renovation of Villa W, a boutique wellness hotel on the coast of Saint-Tropez. Created as a little sister to the existing Starck-designed Lily of the Valley hotel which is located nearby, Villa W is a fitness and wellness hotel located in

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Ten homes with light-filled glass extensions

July 17, 2022 Alice Finney 0
Tower House by Dominic Mckenzie

For our latest lookbook, we’ve chosen 10 residential glass extensions that create airy, light-filled and modern additions to homes. Glass is a popular material for house extensions as it is durable, weather-resistant and – thanks to its transparency – adds light and brightness to a space. While glass extensions are common in cities all over

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Renesa uses contrasting terracotta and terrazzo materials to create all-day cafe in New Delhi

July 12, 2022 Alice Finney 0
Curved booths inside Rosie and Tillie cafe

New Delhi-based architecture and interior design studio Renesa juxtaposed terracotta and terrazzo materials to design a space that acts as a cafe by day and a bar by night. The eatery, which is called Rosie and Tillie, was named by its owners – chefs Anukriti Anand and Vicky Mandal – who wanted to create a

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This week we paid tribute to Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs

July 9, 2022 Alice Finney 0
Marcus Fairs

This week on Dezeen, architects, designers, critics and readers paid tribute to Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs. Fairs, who founded Dezeen in 2006, unexpectedly passed away last week at the age of 54. Following his death, there was an outpouring of tributes with Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick, Kelly Hoppen, Es Devlin, Philippe Starck and Olafur Eliasson among

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Maldives reveals “world’s first true floating island city” to cope with rising sea levels

June 27, 2022 Alice Finney 0
Maldives

The Maldives has partnered with architecture studio Waterstudio to create a brain-shaped floating city that will house 20,000 people in a lagoon near the country’s capital. Called Maldives Floating City, the development will contain 5,000 low-rise floating homes floating within a 200-hectare lagoon in the Indian Ocean. As sea levels rise, so too will the city,

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