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Marc Thorpe designs off-grid cabin retreat in the Romanian mountains

July 28, 2021 Jane Englefield 0

Architect Marc Thorpe has unveiled renderings of a holiday retreat in Romania, comprising off-grid wooden cabins informed by rural vernacular architecture. Called Canton House, the project is designed to extend the Tara Luanei hotel in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, with construction scheduled to begin in summer 2021. The retreat will include three cabins clad from roof

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Dezeen launches £15,000 Redesign the World competition with Epic Games

July 28, 2021 Benedict Hobson 0
Redesign the World logo

Dezeen has teamed up with Epic Games to launch Redesign the World, the ultimate design competition that calls for new ideas to rethink planet Earth. The competition is free to enter for people over the age of 18 of any profession and from any country in the world. It is open for entries until 15

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Heatherwick “isn’t involved” in designing national Covid-19 memorial

July 28, 2021 Alice Finney 0
Thomas Heatherwick

British designer Thomas Heatherwick has rejected claims that he is working on creating a coronavirus memorial following a meeting with representatives of the UK government. London-based Heatherwick Studio confirmed that the British designer met with the UK government, but has not been commissioned to design a Covid-19 memorial. Heatherwick “approached in an advisory capacity” The studio stated that

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Ex-students hire lawyer to pursue “breaches of a serious nature” at Bartlett architecture school

July 27, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Bartlett School of Architecture

A group of former students and staff members from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London have hired a solicitor to examine claims of sexual and racial discrimination at the school. The group, under the banner Bartlett United, was established to follow up on numerous claims of discrimination at the prestigious school, which is part of

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RIBA announces winners of International Awards for Excellence 2021

July 22, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
RIBA international awards for excellence

Buildings by David Chipperfield Architects and Herzog & de Meuron have been named among the 16 winners of the RIBA International Award for Excellence.  The biannual award aims to recognise the most “significant and inspirational projects around the world” and this year’s winners come from 11 different countries. Four of the projects will be shortlisted

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Liverpool stripped of World Heritage status due to waterfront developments

July 21, 2021 Alice Finney 0
Liverpool loses World Heritage status UNESCO

UNESCO has stripped Liverpool of its prestigious World Heritage status after a UN committee found recent developments caused an “irreversible loss of attributes” in the city. Following a vote that took place in Fuzhou, China earlier today, the UK city has been removed from the list, which designates locations of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) to

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MVRDV’s artificial hill rises at Marble Arch in London

July 20, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Marble Arch Hill viewpoint by MVRDV

The Marble Arch Hill, a viewpoint disguised as a hill designed by Dutch studio MVRDV, has been photographed rising alongside Hyde Park in London. Rising 25 metres tall, the artificial hill is currently under construction alongside Marble Arch near the Oxford Street shopping district in central London. The viewpoint and visitor attraction was commissioned by Westminster City Council as

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Materials shortages affecting more than 60 per cent of UK architecture practices

July 20, 2021 Cajsa Carlson 0
RIBA calls for "urgent reconsideration" of proposals to deregulate planning

The majority of British architecture practices are experiencing on-site delays caused by difficulties in sourcing construction products according to RIBA’s Future Trends survey. The latest survey produced by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), reported that 63 per cent of practices had experienced on-site delays due to building materials shortages. A quarter of practices have seen site work put

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Foster, Grimshaw and ZHA among thousands of UK practices failing to back RIBA net-zero carbon challenge

July 19, 2021 Marcus Fairs 0
RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge

Less than six per cent of UK architecture firms have signed up to a RIBA climate initiative aimed at achieving net-zero carbon emissions from buildings they design. Just 230 of the 4,000 Royal Institute of British Architects chartered practices have signed its 2030 Climate Challenge. Leading practices including Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects and

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Nakagin Capsule Tower to be dismantled and turned into rental accommodation and exhibits

July 16, 2021 India Block 0
Nakagin Capsule Tower

Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, the 20th-century metabolist landmark by architect Kisho Kurokawa, is set to be disassembled and donated to museums or turned into rental units. Located in the Ginza neighbourhood and built over the course of just 30 days in 1972, the housing block is considered a rare example of Japanese metabolism. Much of

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