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Sustainability and liveability claims of Saudi 170-kilometre city are “naive” say experts

August 8, 2022 Nat Barker 0
The Line in Saudi Arabia

Following the Saudi Arabian government’s unveiling of plans for an enormous linear megacity in the desert, urban design experts have expressed skepticism about whether its utopian vision is realistic. “There would be so many physical and environmental phenomena that would have to be dealt with to achieve the incredible minimal and singular character that the

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BIG designing Ground to Air driverless vehicle for American desert city Telosa

August 5, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Ground to Air designed by BIG

Danish architecture studio BIG is designing a road, air and hyperloop-capable autonomous vehicle for the planned US city of Telosa currently being planned for five million people in an unconfirmed desert location. The Ground to Air, or G2A, would constitute a rhomboid passenger pod that can attach to a set of wheels to become a

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Ten futuristic cities set to be built around the world

August 1, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Telosa city

As a 170-kilometre-long mirrored megacity in the Saudi desert makes headlines around the world, here is a roundup of 10 futuristic cities currently being planned across the globe. Global issues such as the housing crisis and climate change are galvanising ambitions for a new generation of high-tech cities. The Line, a 500-metre-tall skyscraper that will

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“True architecture is life” says RIBA Royal Gold Medal-winner Balkrishna Doshi

July 29, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Balkrishna Doshi

Architecture should seek to respond to human behaviour and not dictate it, says this year’s RIBA Royal Gold Medal-winner Balkrishna Doshi in this interview. “Design is accommodating lifestyles, merging with them,” Doshi told Dezeen on a video call from his studio in Ahmedabad in western India. “I’m not really saying that this is measurable –

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Ten apartment blocks that break the mould with unusual shapes

July 22, 2022 Nat Barker 0
The Wave apartments by Henning Larsen

As BIG and Barcode Architects’ recently revealed Sluishuis building demonstrated, housing blocks don’t have to be cuboid. Here is a roundup of 10 unusually shaped apartment buildings. Advancements in engineering mean architects are able to explore ever-more-outlandish massing in their residential projects. The examples below use cantilevers, stilts and other construction techniques to ensure they

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Ten homes with characterful exposed wooden floorboards

July 16, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Wooden floorboards

In this lookbook, we collect 10 homes from the Dezeen archive that use exposed wooden floorboards to give spaces a homely feel. Timber floorboards have been a popular choice for centuries thanks to their relative durability and warming aesthetic. The 10 examples below showcase how floors made from different woods can work in a wide

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Ten airports designed with sustainability in mind

July 8, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Terminal 2 at Guadalajara Airport by CallisonRTKL

With a growing focus on the environmental impact of aviation, architects are designing a new generation of airports focused on sustainability. Here is a roundup of 10 recent projects designed to have reduced carbon emissions. The examples collected below include airports that use timber, solar panels, modular construction and even a giant waterfall in an attempt

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners rebrands as RSHP following Richard Rogers’ death

June 30, 2022 Nat Barker 0

UK architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has rebranded as simply RSHP following the death of its founder Richard Rogers late last year. From today, the London-based studio will drop the surnames of partners from its branding and be known only by the letters RSHP. It comes after Rogers, who co-founded the practice in

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Architecture should abandon “top-down” management to improve working conditions says Gensler co-CEO

June 29, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Gensler co-CEO Andy Cohen

Architecture firms should adopt more collaborative leadership styles to address labour grievances in the industry, says co-CEO of the world’s biggest architecture studio Andy Cohen, in this exclusive interview. “I think our profession would gain a lot of energy if it wasn’t so top-down and pyramid-focused,” said Gensler CEO Cohen on a video call from Los Angeles. Instead, firms should adopt a

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Ten homes that make a feature of their corridors

June 18, 2022 Nat Barker 0
Inner Home apartment designed by Azab

Our latest lookbook showcases 10 homes that prove that with the right use of elements such as colour, unusual flooring or feature walls, internal corridors can be much more than a necessary evil. Corridors are sometimes frowned upon, with contemporary architects often preferring to create open-plan layouts that avoid any potentially cramped passageways. But in

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