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Herzog & de Meuron’s Museum of the 20th Century an “environmental disgrace” say critics

November 30, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

Environmentalists and architecture critics have raised concerns about the carbon footprint of a major new museum for modern art designed by Herzog & de Meuron, which is under construction in Berlin. Due to its complex air conditioning system, the Museum of the 20th Century will use four times as much energy as a nearby museum

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Axel Arigato rejects “McDonald’s approach” to interiors with Berlin flagship store

November 25, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

Travertine displays that double as DJ podiums feature alongside glistening butter-yellow columns in Axel Arigato’s Berlin outpost, which the streetwear label has designed together with longtime collaborator Halleroed. The brand’s flagship boutique is set in the central Scheunenviertel neighbourhood, across the ground floor of a prefabricated concrete Plattenbau building typical of post-war East Germany. Stockholm design

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Sustainable architecture efforts hindered by “sloppiness” says UN climate ambassador

November 18, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

Architects must take greater accountability for their sector to help decarbonise the built environment, says UN Race to Zero ambassador Sarah El Battouty in this exclusive interview from the final day of the COP27 climate conference. “For years and years, we’ve had everyone create a silly building design and then stick a couple of solar

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Solar panels to cover all large car parks in France under new mandate

November 11, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

The French Senate has approved a bill requiring all large parking lots across France to be topped with solar canopies in the next six years, which are predicted to generate as much energy as 10 nuclear reactors. The legislation mandates that all new and existing car parks with 80 or more parking spaces must be

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Ten living rooms that use warm neutrals to create a cosy ambience

November 6, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

As the days get darker in the northern hemisphere, our latest lookbook spotlights 10 living rooms rendered in a warm yet minimal colour palette, proving that neutrals don’t have to feel clinical. Mixing tactile natural materials with toasty shades of chocolate brown, creamy beige and blush pink can help to create a sense of homeliness

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Six material innovations aimed at slashing concrete’s outsized carbon footprint

October 21, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

After Seratech’s carbon-neutral cement won the 2022 Obel Award, Dezeen has rounded up six ways in which researchers are working to decarbonise concrete – the single most polluting building material in the world. Currently, concrete’s key ingredient cement is responsible for around eight per cent of global emissions, surpassing all other materials except oil, gas

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Victoria Yakusha designs museum to preserve Ukrainian cultural heritage threatened by invasion

October 14, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

Architect Victoria Yakusha has revealed plans for a cultural complex in the village of Bolotnya, Ukraine, to house artworks by folk painter Maria Prymachenko that were recently saved from a building destroyed in the Ukraine War. The museum called Maria’s Way would be formed from a row of 15 conical domes clad in textured, white clay in a

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Ten homes that don’t relegate tiles to the bathroom

October 9, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

Our latest lookbook rounds up 10 living spaces that take tiling from practical to decorative, applying it to everything from bars and fireplaces to entire statement walls. Tiles in the modern home are often consigned to the bathroom or kitchen, where their durable finish can protect walls from water damage. But a growing cohort of designers

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Right-wing Sweden Democrats using architecture to push “traditional nationalism” say Front

October 3, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

In the wake of Sweden’s general election, Stockholm design studio Front has expressed concerns that the far-right Sweden Democrats, which is now the country’s second-biggest party, are appropriating the country’s cultural heritage. “They’re very interested in the expression of some kind of traditional nationalism,” Front co-founder Sofia Lagerkvist told Dezeen. “So their thing is all about

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Agrivoltaic solar farms offer “shocking” benefits beyond producing energy

September 30, 2022 Jennifer Hahn 0

Next-gen solar parks that enable energy and food production as well as water conservation to work in synergy on the same plot can help to solve solar’s growing land-use issue, according to the researchers making them a reality. “There is this big debate around using land for solar versus using it for agriculture,” said Colorado

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