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Brad Pitt foundation agrees $20.5m settlement for owners of defective New Orleans homes

August 18, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Brad Pitt

Actor Brad Pitt has reportedly agreed to a settlement of $20.5 million for the owners of homes built by his Make It Right Foundation housing charity, which suffered from water leaks, black mould and foundation issues. A settlement was reached earlier this week that will see $20.5 million paid to the homeowners, who brought legal action

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Golden Martian House inflated on Bristol dockside

August 16, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Martian House at M Shed in Bristol

UK studios Hugh Broughton Architects and Pearce+ have collaborated with artists Ella Good and Nicki Kent to create an inflatable building that explores how people would live on Mars. Set alongside the M Shed museum in central Bristol, UK, the pod structure was created as part of the Building a Martian House art project and will

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This week we revealed the world’s tallest timber building

August 6, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
The world's tallest timber building

This week on Dezeen, a mass-timber skyscraper in Milwaukee was certified as the world’s tallest timber building. Designed by Wisconsin studio Korb + Associates Architects, the 86.6-metre-tall residential tower was made primarily from cross-laminated timber and glulam with a concrete base, elevator and stair shafts. It was certified as the world’s tallest timber building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, just overtaking the

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Marble Arch Mound can be blown up in video game as “cathartic moment for disappointed visitors”

August 5, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Marble Arch Mound blow up

Video game designer Dan Douglas has created MVRDV’s Marble Arch Mound within a modified version of 1990s video game Duke Nukem so that disappointed visitors can blow it up. Douglas added the Marble Arch Mound to his Duke Smoochem 3D modification of the original game, which he is creating to be an absurd reflection of modern-day

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Gluon “using 3D data to save” the Nakagin Capsule Tower

August 3, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Nakagin Capsule Tower 3D digital model

Japanese digital consultancy Gluon is combining data from laser scanning with 20,000 photographs to create an augmented reality model of the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, which is currently being demolished. Named the 3D Digital Archive Project, the team aims to use digital technology to create an extremely accurate virtual model of the metabolist residential block designed

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Foster + Partners designs Apple Brompton Road as “calm oasis” in London

August 2, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Apple Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London, by Foster + Partners

UK studio Foster + Partners has unveiled an Apple Store in west London that incorporates stone columns, Ficus trees and terrazzo flooring. Located between the Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores in Knightsbridge, Apple Brompton Road is the latest store designed by Foster + Partners for the technology brand. Its main entrance occupies the arched entrance

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Invisible Studio unveils timber shelter “made with many hands” at Westonbirt arboretum

August 1, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Timber shelter at Westonbirt arboretum by Invisible Studio 

UK practice Invisible Studio has collaborated with local community groups to design and build a shelter from timber sourced within the Westonbirt arboretum in Gloucestershire, England. Designed to be used by Westonbirt’s outreach programme, the shelter was made entirely from oak felled from the arboretum as part of its routine woodland management. “Westonbirt has an outreach programme

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Nendo stacks concrete tunnels to create archive and guesthouse in Miyota

July 29, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Culvert Guesthouse by Nendo

Japanese studio Nendo has created an archive to house its products and furniture from precast concrete box culverts in central Japan. Named Culvert Guesthouse, the archive and residence was constructed from four tunnel-like forms that were stacked on top of each other. Designed by the studio as its own archive, the distinctive-shaped building is located

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Morag Myerscough recreates Roman gatehouse at Hadrian’s Wall

July 28, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Morag Myerscough recreates Roman gateway at Hadrian's Wall

Artist Morag Myerscough has unveiled a colourful reinterpretation of the original gatehouse at Housesteads Roman Fort alongside Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. Named The Future Belongs To What Was As Much As What Is, the pavilion stands on the site of the original northern gatehouse at the fort, which dates back to 122AD. Commissioned by

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Atkins reveals design for Nairobi Central Station informed by defensive enclosures

July 28, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Nairobi Central Station in Kenya by Atkins

International studio Atkins is set to renovate the central station in Nairobi, Kenya, adding canopies that were informed by central African Boma enclosures. Designed by Atkins, the renovated station would consist of a pair of fan-like canopies positioned on either side of the main tracks. Built alongside the station, which was one of the first

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